Michigan 4-H Youth Development is the youth educational program of Michigan State University Extension serving more than 185,000 Michigan youth aged 5 to 19 each year. 4-H staff members work at Michigan State University (MSU) and in every Michigan county with local volunteers to bring the knowledge of the state’s land-grant university to the citizens of Michigan.
Over 20,000 Michigan adult and teen 4-H volunteers work at the local and state level to support experiential learning activities for youth. 4-H volunteers are club, group or resource leaders; middle management leaders; advisory council members and Michigan 4-H Foundation trustees.
Michigan 4-H Youth Development provides educational opportunities that:
- Target age appropriate life skill development.
- Emphasize research-based experiential learning.
- Involve volunteers.
- Engage a variety of partners.
- Include families.
- Reach both diverse and underserved audiences.
- Are accessible.
- Promote a multicultural perspective and appreciation.
- Are fun.
4-H provides learning materials and educational opportunities in these and other areas:
- Animal Science
- Careers & Entrepreneurship
- Environmental & Outdoor Education
- Global and Cultural Education
- Healthy Youth
- Leadership, Citizenship & Service
- Life Skills
- Science and Technology
- Volunteering & Mentoring
- Visit the Michigan 4-H Youth Development Web site.
- Michigan 4-H statistics
About MSU Extension
Michigan State University Extension is part of the national Cooperative Extension System which is a partnership of the nation’s land-grant universities, state and county governments and the United States Department of Agriculture.