4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT Programs
Michigan 4-H is growing current and future leaders. The largest youth development organization in Michigan, 4-H provides more than 200,000 young people with experiential learning opportunities that enable them to explore new interests and discover their passion. They’re also empowering young people with skills to lead for a lifetime by growing confidence, civic engagement, leadership, responsibility and more.
The Michigan 4-H China Project, conducted in cooperation with the People’s Republic of China, is a global education program that often uses the arts for both in-school and after-school learning experiences. More than 300,000 Michigan youth have participated in this project.
Youth have an opportunity to think globally, grow in their cultural awareness, and gain knowledge through broadening their perspective of the world through 4-H international exchange programs. Call (586) 469-5979 to find out more about traveling outbound or hosting an inbound student. Read about one local family's experience here.
4-H youth explore veterinary and animal science by learning to feed, train and care for equine projects. Participants compete in events such as endurance, trail, gymkhana and shows, and can exhibit at statewide events such as the State 4-H Horse Show.
When you own or care for a horse or pony, you experience pride and responsibility, and develop valuable social and physical skill. You can be involved in a 4-H horse project in lots of ways, and many activities don’t require horse ownership. You can participate in show, trail or endurance riding, study horse science, participate in quiz bowls, rodeos, judging teams and much more!
The MSU Extension 4-H peer mentoring programs match upperclassmen (11th and 12th grades) high school students with lowerclassmen (9th and 10th grades) or middle school students (7th and 8th grades). The mentors act as positive role models and provide guidance, encouragement, and direction to the mentees.
With the guidance and support of caring, committed adult mentors, youth explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics through fun, hands-on projects in the 4-H Tech Wizards program.
In 1995 the Department of Army and United States Department of Agriculture formed a partnership designed to help the Extension/4-H Program to impact new audiences and help the Army meet its mission of providing predictable, consistent youth programs on Army installations worldwide. The goal of the partnership is to build a strong foundation in our military children and youth so that they each possess the necessary life skills to be successful and lead a productive life as well as navigate the special circumstances of being a military connected youth. This is done through hands-on, experiential projects, experiences and opportunities.
Teen Counselor Program
Michigan State University Extension is accepting applications for High School students for the position of Teen Counselor. Students will earn certificates of community service hours, while gaining valuable professional work experience in a fun, professional environment mentored by Michigan State University Extension. A letter of reference will also be provided based on performance. This is an excellent opportunity for any student but especially for those considering careers as teachers, youth development, or in the human services sector. For more information, call 586-469-6090.
Diane Wisnewski, 4-H Supervising Educator
Kathy Jamieson, Extension Educator
Kea Norrell-Aitch, Extension Educator
Katelyn Burns, Program Coordinator
Lizz Duran, Program Coordinator
Seth Martin, Program Coordinator
Roberta Busquaert, 4-H Support Staff