It's building a robot.
It's cool crafts.
It's creating and marketing your own business.
It's discovering your inner scientist.
It's feeding the calf you're raising for the first time.
It's fishing and testing the lake's water quality.
It's gardening and plant science.
It's hiking and climbing rocks.
It's learning how to play chess.
It's using a GPS to create a community map.
It's wearing something you made, using something you built and eating something you cooked.
It's whatever topic you want to explore.
And most of all... it's FUN!
What does 4-H offer?
For kids, 4-H offers fun learning opportunities through 4-H clubs, afterschool programs, and local, state and international events and activities.
For older teens, 4-H offers opportunities to set goals, develop strategies to reach those goals and take leadership for sharing their skills, knowledge and talents to make their communities stronger.
For adults, 4-H offers research-based support and training in age-appropriate learning methods and materials to help plan activities and projects for and with young people in safe, nurturing environments.
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Michigan 4-H sticks to some basic guiding principles that define how it approaches its work with youth. If you want to read the full document, you can download Michigan 4-H Guiding Principles as an Adobe PDF handout.
Here’s the quick version.
Youth develop positive relationships with adults and peers.
Youth are physically and emotionally safe.
Youth are actively engaged in their own development.
Youth are considered participants rather than recipients in the learning process.
Youth develop skills that help them succeed.
Youth recognize, understand and appreciate multiculturalism.
Youth grow and contribute as active citizens through service and leadership.
A 4-H club is a place where young people and adults come together to do things that help them:
Be what they want to be.
Think and learn about what interests them most.
Share how they feel about their activities and their lives in general.
Do fun things that also help them learn more.
Relate to peers and the adults in their lives in positive ways.
- Who? Youth age 5 to 19; adults age 19+ can join as volunteers.
- Where? 4-H runs programs in every Michigan county. Youth from cities, suburbs, towns and rural settings participate.
- How? For Grand Traverse County, call 231-922-4825. For other counties, call your closest MSU Extension office by dialing toll-free 1-888-MSUE-4MI (1-888-678-3464) and entering the first five letters of your county’s name. Ask to speak with someone about joining 4-H.
- How much does it cost? To join a club, the participation fee per youth is $10 per year or $30 per family (with three or more youth). Some types of projects have additional costs for supplies, equipment, travel, etc.
Inspire and empower youth
Meet new people
Share what you have learned
Develop your leadership skills
Make a difference
Leave a legacy
There are many ways to volunteer, click the links below and contact our office to find out more about volunteering with Grand Traverse County 4-H!
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