Volunteering and Mentoring

Supporting the thousands of Michigan 4-H youth across the state are more than 20,000 caring adult volunteers who give their time to the program annually. In fact, without volunteers, 4-H wouldn’t be possible!

All 4-H volunteers are screened to ensure the safety of the children and youth (adults, too!) who are involved in our programming. After they’re screened, these caring individuals are trained by knowledgeable MSU Extension professionals and supported through a variety of MSU Extension resources. These resources include workshops, curriculum, activities and more, all of which enable and prepare volunteers to make an impact on youth across the state.

A unique sector of Michigan 4-H’s dedicated volunteer pool are the caring adult mentors. Research shows that youth benefit from supportive and caring relationships with older individuals who serve as a guide and role model. While many youth find these relationships naturally through their involvement in school, family and the community, others do not. To fill this need, MSU Extension has been creating supportive, long-term mentoring relationships for more than 20 years. Mentoring programs available through Michigan 4-H including community-based, site-based, adult-youth, peer and small group mentoring, all of which adhere to youth mentoring quality program standards and best practices.

Whether you want to mentor, become a club leader, lead a workshop, chaperone an event or something else, invest in the future of Michigan as a 4-H volunteer. By giving your time to help answer the little questions of young people in your community, you’ll help them achieve big dreams and prepare for a lifetime of success.

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

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  • Volunteering is healthy!

    February 26, 2015 | Lisa Bottomley | Volunteering is good for you and your community.

  • Looking for ways to strengthen your role as a significant adult in the lives of kids?

    February 20, 2015 | Janet Olsen | By building positive emotional connections, adults in a variety of youth settings can contribute to healthy outcomes for young people.

  • Kettunen Center workshops enhance 4-H experience for youth and volunteers

    February 17, 2015 | Melissa Elischer | Michigan 4-H offers various state-wide workshops throughout the year that enhance the 4-H experience for youth and volunteers.

  • Debriefing Part 4: What’s that all about?

    February 11, 2015 | Jodi Schulz | Have you ever heard someone say “Let’s debrief” or “We’ll finish today by debriefing” but ever really understood what that mean? To end this series on debriefing, we’ll be looking at some potential questions to aide facilitators in the process.

  • Debriefing Part 3: What’s that all about?

    February 9, 2015 | Jodi Schulz | Have you ever heard someone say “Let’s debrief” or “We’ll finish today by debriefing” but ever really understood what that meant? This article will specifically address debriefing with youth and provides some resources and age-appropriate tips.

  • Debriefing Part 2: What’s that all about?

    February 6, 2015 | Jodi Schulz | Have you ever heard someone say “Let’s debrief” or “We’ll finish today by debriefing” but ever really understood what that meant? In this article we’re going to explore some rules for debriefing and a few basic tips for success.

  • Debriefing Part 1: What’s that all about?

    February 5, 2015 | Jodi Schulz | Have you ever heard someone say, “Let’s debrief” or “We’ll finish today by debriefing” but never really understood what that meant? In this first article about debriefing, we’ll discuss the origin, definition and techniques for effective debriefing.

  • How are those goals and resolutions coming along?

    February 5, 2015 | Jennifer Weichel | It’s not too late to turn those New Year’s resolutions into reality and try something new.

  • Resolve to volunteer

    February 5, 2015 | Sara Keinath | Volunteer to make a difference and be a role model in your community.

  • Environmental education workshops for youth leaders and teachers

    February 3, 2015 | Nick Baumgart | Explore how to infuse environmental education in your lessons and activities with youth with “Show on the Road” workshops

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