Volunteering

''MSU 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.

So whether you want to pass your skills on to a new generation, give back to the community, leave a legacy or something else, invest in the future of Michigan as a 4-H volunteer. By giving your time to young people in your community, you’ll help them answer life’s little questions, achieve big dreams and prepare for a lifetime of success. For more information about volunteering with the 4-H program, visit the Volunteers page on the Michigan 4-H website.

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  • Renew, refocus and re-energize your advisory group this fall

    September 26, 2014 | Jackelyn Martin | Fall is a great time to re-focus a group. Consider these five tips to make this most of this time of year!

  • What secrets can you keep?

    September 26, 2014 | Lisa Bottomley | You expect your mentee to confide in you, but sometimes they disclose information that needs to be shared.

  • Every important task gets a team!

    September 23, 2014 | Edward Scott | Teamwork can lead to a better design process, a more enjoyable working environment and ultimately a better final result.

  • Facilitating youth: challenges and approaches for overcoming them

    September 23, 2014 | Makena Shultz | The process of facilitation comes with some potential challenges. This article recognizes three challenges facilitators might face when working with youth and gives practical steps to mitigate those obstacles.

  • Things to consider when closing a mentoring match – Part 2

    September 19, 2014 | Kea Norrell-Aitch | Mentoring programs create matches but don’t always consider what needs to take place when a match is closed. Learn what the best practices and proper processes are for closing a match while considering the best interest of the youth.

  • Facilitating: verbal tools for working with youth

    September 18, 2014 | Makena Shultz | Start shifting your interactions with youth from teacher to facilitator with these five verbal tools.

  • Things to consider when closing a mentoring match – Part 1

    September 16, 2014 | Kea Norrell-Aitch | Mentoring programs create matches but don’t always consider what needs to take place when a match is closed. Learn what the best practices and proper processes are for closing a match while considering the best interest of the youth.

  • Risky play and youth

    September 16, 2014 | Scott Lakin | Play that has components of risk can lead to positive outcomes.

  • Making time to mentor

    September 15, 2014 | Lisa Bottomley | It only takes 1-2 hours a week to make a difference in the life of a child as mentor. How can you find the time in your busy schedule to take on this important role?

  • Learn how to manage stress through 4-H

    September 15, 2014 | Dorothy Munn | Involvement in 4-H can be a great stress reliever!

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