Michigan 4-H Youth Development is committed to providing children aged 5 to 19 with opportunities through 4-H that will:
- Give them skills they can use for a lifetime.
- Help them learn in ways that are appropriate for their developmental stage.
- Help them learn to make friends and work as a team.
- Allow them to experience the value of diversity.
- Offer an emotionally and physically safe learning environment for their educational development.
- Help them grow as citizens through leadership development and service to their communities.
These outcomes for your child are what drive the guiding principles of Michigan 4-H Youth Development programming. (Refer to the 4-H Participant Age Policy document for more information on the different opportunities available for children of different ages.
Opportunities for Families to Learn Together
Michigan 4-H Youth Development offers many opportunities for families to learn and play together. The primary adults in young people’s lives can serve as 4-H volunteers by organizing and leading a 4-H club. 4-H provides learning resources to help support family interests as well as local, state, national and international events that offer learning opportunities for the whole family.
In addition to 4-H youth development experiences, MSU Extension offers information and programs designed to help families manage a variety of life and home issues.
4-H’s Commitment to Your Child’s Safety
Because Michigan 4-H Youth Development is committed to providing opportunities that are emotionally and physically safe for your child, we have a Michigan State University Extension Volunteer Selection Process and Michigan 4-H Youth-Adult Housing Policy for 4-H Overnight Events for adults who work with children through 4-H.
- 4-H Guiding Principles for Positive Youth Development
- Defining Michigan 4-H Youth Development
- Michigan 4-H Participant Age Policy
- Michigan 4-H Project Snapshot Sheets
- Michigan State University Extension Volunteer Selection Process
- Michigan State University: College Planning Resources
- Pre-College Programs & Resources
- Youth Development: Early Adolescents (Ages 9 to 15)
- Youth Development: Older Youth (Ages 15 to 19)