Youth benefiMany helping boy with biket from supportive and caring relationships with older individuals who serve as a guide and role model. Many youth find these relationships naturally through their involvement in school, youth serving organizations like 4-H, families and communities. Youth mentoring programs are often designed to serve youth who do not find these relationships naturally. MSU Extension has more than 20 years of experience in creating supportive, long-term mentoring relationships. 4-H offers a range of mentoring programs including community-based, site-based, adult-youth, peer and small group mentoring. Our programs are based on youth mentoring quality program standards and best practices. Programs serve a variety of audiences including court-involved youth, youth living in foster care, children of prisoners, academically challenged youth and youth who face other challenges. 

To learn more about mentoring, visit Michigan 4-H.

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  • 10 Tips for a better buyer’s letter

    July 25, 2014 | Sara Keinath | Practicing good written communications contributes to a successful market livestock project.

  • Gaining the respect of young people

    July 11, 2014 | Lisa Bottomley | While the phrase “respect your elders” has been used for centuries, true respect must be earned. How can adults earn the respect of young people?

  • Summer steps to help prepare for college admission

    July 7, 2014 | Kathy Jamieson | Before summer turns into fall, get a head start on the college application process with these helpful tips.

  • Making the best match

    July 7, 2014 | Lisa Bottomley | Successful mentoring relies on a long-term relationship between the mentor and mentee. How can mentoring programs create matches that are likely to last?

  • Engage youth to recruit new mentors

    June 24, 2014 | Lisa Bottomley | Many young people spend long periods of time on mentoring program waiting lists due to a lack of available mentors to fill the need. Youth initiated mentoring can help many of these young people find mentors more quickly and lead to greater impact.

  • Current mentors can make the best recruiters

    June 20, 2014 | Lisa Bottomley | Most mentoring programs are in constant need of new mentors. Current and past mentors can be incredibly successful recruiters: find out how to make the most of this often untapped resource.

  • Adding daily physical activity

    June 6, 2014 | Karen Fifield | Increase family time through physical activity.

  • How to use technology to promote, brainstorm and share professional ideas: Part 3

    June 6, 2014 | Makena Shultz | This is a brief look at how to utilize Pinterest and Instagram to support and collaborate with other professionals on youth programming.

  • Helping children and teens learn to deal with stress

    June 2, 2014 | Erin Ross | Children and teens deal with just as much stress as adults. Adults can help by teaching youth skills to deal with stress in healthy, positive ways.

  • Shamed by bullying, shaped by hope

    May 30, 2014 | Edward Scott | Bullying is a real problem facing our youth today. Learn more about the ways bullying has changed over time and how you can take steps to stop it.

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