Here’s the first thing you need to know about 4-H: it’s fun. When you go to 4-H meetings, events and other activities, the number one thing you hear is laughter, and the number one thing you see is smiles.
It’s hard to explain what 4-H is because it’s…well…EVERYTHING!
- It’s making biofuel from used cooking oil and using it to run a school bus.
- It’s learning to play chess and how to debate.
- It’s releasing butterflies into a garden you helped design, plant and manage.
- It’s learning about budgeting and marketing for your own business.
- It’s feeding the calf you’re raising for the first time.
- It’s fishing for salmon or trout in a Great Lake and testing the lake’s water quality.
- It’s making music.
- It’s climbing a cliff.
- It’s wearing something you made, using something you built and eating something you cooked.
- It’s finger-painting and cool crafts and reading a new book.
See what I mean?
You might join a club. You might participate in an after-school program. You might go to events in your county or other parts of the state. You could show your “stuff” at a summer fair. You could earn some money.
Know what else?
Maybe, you’ll make a difference in your town or neighborhood. Maybe, you’ll help make someone’s life better. Maybe, you’ll discover that even kids have a say in what’s going on around us.
So take some time to look around on this website. Read the Michigan 4-H Today feature stories and subscribe to the 4-H News RSS feed to see what 4-H’ers are doing around the state. Visit the 4-H Events page for a great list of upcoming statewide activities. Explore the world through 4-H International Exchanges. Teen leaders have the opportunity to attend 4-H volunteer training workshops. Opportunities also exist for 4-H members to gain recognition and scholarships.
After you’ve done a little exploring, click on the Join page and get started having fun and making a difference.
- 4-H Clover Catcher Activity Handout
- 4-H Pledge: American Sign Language
- 4-H Promotional Toolkits
- Competitive Event Resources
- Eat Healthy! Be Active! Play Outside! Enjoy Nature! Make Friends! Youth Activity Sampler
- Food, Culture & Reading: A Facilitators Guide for Grades 4-6
- Guide to Exploring African American Culture
- Member’s Personal 4-H Record Book (4H1192)
- Michigan 4-H Project Snapshot Sheets
- Michigan 4-H Secretary’s Record Book
- Michigan 4-H Treasurer’s Record Book (4H1203)
- Michigan State University: College Planning Resources
- No Child Left Inside: 4-H Introduces Kids to a World of Nature
- Passport to the World
- Pre-College Programs & Resources
- Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program
- Spartan Youth Programs
- Windows on Asian Culture
- ¡Qué Rico! LaCultura Latino Cultural Arts Bilingual Group Activities for Youth K-8