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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  • That wasn’t the plan!

    November 24, 2014 | Scott Lakin | Making the most of changes in plans by turning them into even more successful learning lessons.

  • It’s OK to be wrong!

    November 21, 2014 | Scott Lakin | Youth development programs should support youth in creating and learning from mistakes, taking risks and even spelling words wrong!

  • Engaging at-risk youth in youth development programs - Part 2

    November 20, 2014 | Dave Radloff | Taking the five Ps of positive youth development into consideration can strengthen your community youth development strategy.

  • Exploring active learning: Why should it be used and how do you use it? (Part 2)

    November 14, 2014 | Jodi Schulz | In this second article of the series, learn more about active learning, the benefits of it, how to incorporate these techniques, and how to uncover and identify resources for these learning methods.

  • Exploring active learning: What is it and what are some strategies to use it? (Part 1)

    November 12, 2014 | Jodi Schulz | There’s so much to know about active learning and this series of articles will delve into understanding what active learning is and how to use it. This article will define active learning and discuss specific active learning strategies.

  • Passing it on

    October 24, 2014 | Lisa Bottomley | Most successful adults have had mentors who provided guidance and support. If you have benefited from a mentoring relationship, perhaps it’s time to pass it on and become a mentor to a young person.

  • Approaches to learning: Exploring physical play

    October 21, 2014 | Gail Innis | Consider an afternoon of playing with play dough as a learning experience for you and the children in your life.

  • Play: An inexpensive learning tool for children of all ages

    October 17, 2014 | Gail Innis | Play is essential for healthy child development.

  • Strengthen your 4-H club

    October 8, 2014 | Sandra Risedorph | A goal of 4-H programs is to build strong, healthy youth who are proactive in a rapidly changing and complex world. Help create these individuals by strengthening your club.

  • Developing life skills through carving pumpkins

    October 8, 2014 | Michelle Neff | Helping youth develop life skills that can be used when they are adults is the goal of Michigan 4-H. This article will explore how something as simple and fun as carving a pumpkin can help youth develop life skills.

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