''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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  • 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!

  • Seek to be effective

    September 12, 2014 | Edward Scott | When faced with conflict, do you seek to resolve the situation in a way that makes you effective or just right?

  • 4-H helps youth become more adaptable

    September 11, 2014 | Dorothy Munn | Adaptability is an important skill for all you to have and practice daily.

  • No and low budget activities for mentors and mentees

    September 10, 2014 | Lisa Bottomley | It is easy to find fun and free activities in the summer, but what can you do when the weather gets cooler?

  • Fostering interpersonal emotional intelligence skills through 4-H

    September 8, 2014 | Dorothy Munn | Through its various delivery models, the 4-H program is uniquely positioned to support youth to continually develop their interpersonal skills throughout their years of participation.

  • Talking to your kids about role models

    September 5, 2014 | Jodi Schulz | It’s important to communicate with your child about the positive and negative characteristics of a role model. Check out these tips for talking with your kids about role models.

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