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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  • Baby boomers as volunteers

    October 17, 2014 | Jennifer Weichel | Volunteers from the baby boomer generation are looking to be engaged with nonprofits and utilize their skills.

  • Science teachers offered professional development opportunity at 4-H science camp

    October 17, 2014 | Judy Ratkos | Science teachers can apply for hands-on professional development opportunity at 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp.

  • College students do more than just study

    October 15, 2014 | Jennifer Weichel | College aged students are in the perfect position to lend a hand and volunteer in, or out of their community.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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