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.
March 25, 2015 | Jodi Schulz | Are you a superhero? Probably not, but what makes a hero so super? Confidence! Learn about superhero power poses and how you can gain confidence in just two minutes!
March 20, 2015 | Makena Schultz | A look at 4-H volunteers as non-formal teachers and their role in community youth development.
March 13, 2015 | Nick Baumgart | Regional training for Michigan 4-H shootings sports is now a reality. See why this came to be and how you can host a workshop.
February 26, 2015 | Lisa Bottomley | Volunteering is good for you and your community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- 4-H Leader Resources
- 4-H Middle Management Job Description & Marketing Materials
- 4-H Volunteer e-learning Course Instructions
- 4-H Volunteer Recruitment Campaign Materials
- Academic-Year Hosting Programs
- Competitive Event Resources
- County 4-H Volunteer Handbook
- Entrepreneur Bingo
- Identifying Your Skill Set
- Inclusive 4-H: Expanding Inclusive Opportunities for Youth & Volunteers
- Michigan 4-H Project Snapshot Sheets
- Michigan 4-H T-Shirt Order Form
- Proposed Rule Changes to Federal Child Labor Laws
- Ready to Go: Mentor Training Toolkit (4H1642PDF)
- Request for Official Approval to Establish a Michigan 4-H Youth Group
- State and national 4-H websites
- Youth Development: 5- to 8-Year-Olds
- Youth Development: Early Adolescents (Ages 9 to 15)
- Youth Development: Older Youth (Ages 15 to 19)
- Youth mentoring and volunteering sites