Youth Development

Boy scientistsMichigan 4-H Youth Development offers resources to help youth development educators create and engage young people in fun, age-appropriate, experiential learning. 4-H also provides programs designed to help address the critical issues that young people face during out-of-school time.

Michigan State University Extension staff analyze and develop the research and knowledge base in order to provide professional development opportunities that expand and enhance program delivery and management skills. Extension also offers online access to research, educational resources and training and events to assist you and the people you work with.

Visit the Michigan 4-H website to learn more about youth development.

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  • Animal welfare for youth: Part 4 – Basic Health and Functioning

    April 14, 2014 | Melissa Elischer | This new series will explore basic concepts of animal welfare and why it is important 4-H youth involved in animal projects understand this subject.

  • Integrating education into 4-H club meetings

    April 11, 2014 | Julie Thelen | Learning about livestock projects can take place beyond just the county fair. These educational resources will help leaders incorporate interactive learning activities into 4-H club meetings.

  • Gain communication skills through 4-H experiences

    April 11, 2014 | Michelle Neff | Communication is an important skill to have to be successful. 4-H provides lots of opportunities for youth and adults to gain skills around communication. This article will explore some of those opportunities.

  • Animal welfare for youth: Part 3 – Introducing the Three Circles Model to youth

    April 9, 2014 | Melissa Elischer | This article will continue to explore the basic concepts of animal welfare and why it is important 4-H youth involved in animal projects understand this subject.

  • Reconnecting after deployment: Children ages 5-12

    April 7, 2014 | Kendra Moyses | Tips to help children ages 5-12 reconnect with their service member when they return.

  • Help your kids develop a healthy sexual orientation

    April 4, 2014 | Karen Pace | Supporting the healthy sexual identity development of youth: A primer for adults who live with or care about kids.

  • Say hello to spring!

    April 3, 2014 | Bonnie Lehman | Springtime is the perfect time to get children of all ages connected with nature.

  • PURPLE UP! for Military Families

    April 3, 2014 | Kendra Moyses | April is Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize the sacrifices made by military families and their children. On April 15, join Michigan 4-H Military in wearing purple to show your support for our military families!

  • Volunteer managers and delegation: Part 4

    April 2, 2014 | Jodi Schulz | A volunteer base is important to volunteer managers. How is it that volunteer managers are able to get so much done with and through volunteers? It’s through delegation. Learn more about tips and tricks to effective delegation through this article series.

  • Volunteer managers and delegation: Part 3

    March 31, 2014 | Jodi Schulz | A volunteer base is important to volunteer managers. Learn more about tips and tricks to effective delegation through this article series.

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