Volunteering

Volunteer helping childMSU Extension engages 25,000 to 30,000 volunteers during a typical year to be the engine behind our 4-H Youth Development program and our early childhood education programs. In fact, without volunteers, 4-H wouldn’t be possible.

But just as MSU Extension programs are unique because they are research-based, MSU Extension volunteers are also special. They all go through a screening process to ensure the safety of children and youth (adults, too!) who are involved in our programming. They have many opportunities for training too, from print material and videos, to online options, webinars and face-to-face workshops. The point is, our volunteers get the help they need to be effective, confident partners who make a difference in their communities.

For more information about volunteering with the 4-H program, visit the Volunteers page on the Michigan 4-H website.

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  • Volunteers without science backgrounds can teach science to kids

    July 22, 2014 | Jacob DeDecker | In 4-H, everyone can help young people learn science. Remember these concepts when recruiting new volunteers to teach science.

  • Learning to set goals is a life skill

    July 16, 2014 | Kendra Moyses | Life skills help youth navigate life successfully. Learning how to set goals and work to achieve them is one of the skills that youth need to learn.

  • 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?

  • Fairs and Festivals – great places to promote agriculture and utilize many resources

    July 9, 2014 | Nancy Thelen | County fairs and local festivals provide a great venue for promoting agriculture to consumers. With advance planning you can provide exhibits which tell consumers about agriculture and expand on it as other volunteers decide to join in to help.

  • Fairs and Festivals – great places to promote agriculture in expanded ways

    July 9, 2014 | Nancy Thelen | County fairs and local festivals provide a great venue for promoting agriculture to consumers. With advance planning you can provide exhibits which tell consumers about agriculture and expand on it as other volunteers decide to join in to help.

  • Fairs and Festivals – great places to promote agriculture

    July 9, 2014 | Nancy Thelen | County fairs and local festivals provide a great venue for promoting agriculture to consumers. With advance planning you can provide exhibits which tell consumers about agriculture and expand on it as other volunteers decide to join in to help.

  • Seven motivations for giving

    July 8, 2014 | Michelle Neff | In our fast-pace world, it can be hard to slow down and think about the needs of others. However, it is important as community members and parents that we take time to teach our youth the importance of giving.

  • 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.

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