4-H Volunteer Training Workshops

September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015

Kettunen Center and Kellogg Biological Station

The 2014-15 Michigan 4-H Volunteer Training Series is supported by the Michigan 4-H Foundation with gifts made by donors and supporters like you.

Soon you will be provided a link for the instructions for registration in the Michigan State University ANR Event Registration system.  As descriptions are built into the new system, the URL for registration will also become available on this page.  There will be a unique URL for each workshop.  Also, included is the Code of Conduct/Medical/Media Release form required for all workshop participants.

Michigan State University Extension Participant Age Policy

All state 4-H volunteer training coordinated by state 4-H staff falls into one of the formats listed below:

  • Adult and Teen Volunteer Training – Open to adult and teen volunteer leaders ages 13 and up.
  • Adult-Only Volunteer Training – Open to adult volunteer leaders ages 19 and up.
  • Learning Lab Training – Open to kids in a specific age group who will work on project-related tasks while adults and teens ages 14 and up learn to work with the younger kids.
  • Content-Specific Training – Open to young people and adults in project areas with age limits for safety reasons (such as shooting sports, limited to 4-H’ers ages 16 and up) or subject matter (such as Peer Plus, limited to 4-H’ers ages 14 and up).
  • Family Weekend Workshops – Open to families with children ages 5 to 12.
  • Youth Training – Open to 4-H youth of a specified age range only (such as the 4-H Teen Horse Volunteer Leader Conference). The only adults allowed to register for these workshops are accompanying chaperones.

The workshop format will be set by the state 4-H programming committee and the state 4-H staff members who coordinate the training sessions held at Kettunen Center, Kellogg Biological Station and other Michigan sites. Use a 4-H member’s age by January 1 of the current program year (that is, January 1, 2015) to decide whether he or she is eligible to attend a particular workshop.

Workshop Listing

2014

2015

Leader Updates Webinar


Location: https://connect.msu.edu/jenniferweichel
Are you looking for a way to connect with your leaders? To help them understand a bit more about 4-H? Do you need a way to get paperwork to them and have a chance give them updates about what is happening in the county program? Do you have questions about the idea of Leader Updates? Are you wondering why or how to conduct a leader update? If you answered YES to any or all of these questions you should join us for the 4-H Leader Update webinar that is coming up Wednesday, August 27 at 10 a.m. https://connect.msu.edu/jenniferweichel We will be sharing ideas, offering practical advice, tips, countless ideas and some of the forms you need clubs to complete annually. Leader Updates are a great way to start the program year and meet with your leaders. We will discuss who you should invite, what you might include and why it is important to have your leaders ready for the new year. So if you are new to program coordination or just want to get some new ideas this webinar is for you. Don’t miss the opportunity to hang out with Jodi and Jennifer while you create your meeting agenda. *Please note we will not be providing information about the member and leader enrollment processes. **This webinar will be recorded and the link will be sent out the day following the live webinar. Questions about this webinar or topic contact Jennifer Weichel or Jodi Schulz and we will be happy to help you.

Michigan 4-H Goat Science Teen and Adult Volunteer Workshop


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
4-H adult leaders and teen leaders (13 years as of Jan. 1, 2015 and older) interested in the goat project and who are willing to share the information and experiences gained at the conference with others in their counties. Staff is welcome. We encourage individuals to car pool. Contact your county office for names of other persons attending the workshop.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES:
•    Gain fun, hands-on 4-H Goat science experiences; learn new ideas for goat projects and other fun activities.
•    Explore science based information in goat management.
•    Enhance youth and volunteers knowledge and skill in the Goat project.
•    Share ideas with others from around the state in the goat project area.

Support for this workshop is provided by Donors to the Michigan 4-H Foundation.

Visit the 4-H Goat Leaders Workshop registration page for more information.

MI 4-H Telling Your Story Workshop


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The Michigan 4-H Tell Your Story Workshop is for volunteers and youth who would like to learn more about how they can construct and share their 4-H story within their greater community.  Participants will also be able to take back the knowledge gained to their 4-H clubs and groups to help others learn how to communicate with stakeholders through public speaking, filmmaking, photography and social media. 

This workshop is open to 4-H leaders and members who are 12 and older by Jan. 1, 2015. Counties must send one adult chaperone for every five youth delegates of the same gender attending the conference. Adult chaperones and volunteers need to have completed the volunteer selection process in their county. We are asking that each county group have one adult identified as the head chaperone for the weekend.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES:
•    Learn new ways to share your 4-H story through public speaking, filmmaking, photography and social media.
•    Learn how to craft your 4-H story and get the word out to your greater community.
•    Share your learning with others in your local clubs and community

Support for this workshop is provided by AT&T.

Visit the 4-H Telling Your Story Workshop registration page for more information.

4-H Visual Arts, Crafts, Sewing and Textiles Workshop


Location: Kettenen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

Youth aged 12 by January 1, 2015 and adults will be energized at this workshop with new ideas for working with youth in arts, crafts, sewing and textile projects.  This is a combined workshop of the previous Visual Arts and Crafts workshop and the Clothing and Textiles workshop.  Class sessions will explore how entrepreneurship, career development, science and leadership are a part of the creative arts.  There are 32 class sessions to choose from including these and many more: Zentangles, Glass Fused Pendants, Fashion Illustration, Arm Knitting, Crochet, T-shirt Quilts, Japanese Calligraphy, Woodworking-Milk Stool, Leather Tooling, Paper Bead Making, Glass Etching, Recyclable Runway, Kumihmo Bracelet, Create a Crazy Creature, Locker Hooking with Fabric, Iris Paper Folding, Nuno Felting, a Stonehedge Fiber Mill Tour, Learn to  sew a teddy bear, drawsting bag, hobo bag, tunic, quilt squares and much more. 

Registration coming soon!

4-H Proud Equestrian Program Instructor Update


Location: W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 E. Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI, 49060

This conference provides continuing education for current 4-H PEP Program certified instructors. Attendance is required at either the Fall 2013 or Fall 2014 Instructor Update to maintain 4-H PEP Program Instructor status in 2015. The program is also open to PATH (formerly NARHA) certified instructors and those interested in therapeutic riding.

Sessions include topics related to instructing therapeutic riding, working with youth with special needs and horse management and care are included in the program.

Open to 4-H Proud Equestrian Program Instructors or Instructors in Training. The program is also open to NARHA/PATH certified instructors and those with an interest in therapeutic riding.

Registration coming soon!

2014 Michigan 4-H Poultry Science Teen and Adult Workshop


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

This workshop is for adult and teen leaders (13 years and older). Staff is also welcome. The workshop will cover several poultry science related topics such as nutrition, care and management, show techniques, entrepreneurship opportunities and careers.

Registration coming soon!

2014 Teen & Adult 4-H Horse Leaders’ Conference


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

This workshop is designed for both youth and adult leaders who are involved with county 4-H Horse Programs. Topics include updates on current subject matter in the horse area and information to assist leaders in youth development, leadership skills for youth, youth activities, and opportunities beyond a county program. Interaction with leaders from different counties is encouraged, for exchanging of ideas and programs and meeting other volunteers in the same interest area. Participants are expected to share the information and experiences gained at this conference with fellow 4-Hers in their counties.

Registration coming soon!

4-H Advisory Group Retreat


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

Refocus, Reorganize, Re-energize your local 4-H advisory group (council or project committee) at this informative retreat-style conference. Learn best practices from other advisory groups and state experts in order to improve your groups’ effectiveness, teamwork, and empowerment of youth. Retreat is open to all 4-H youth and adult volunteers serving on 4-H advisory groups. Individual registrations are accepted, but groups will gain the most by sending a team to the retreat. Groups of registering 5 or more members will receive one free registration.

Registration coming soon!

Michigan 4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

The Michigan 4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular is a lively celebration of the power of young people as leaders! In the spirit of “thinking globally and acting locally” participants in this exciting, energetic, hands-on workshop will participate in small and large group sessions to share and develop valuable knowledge and skills related to youth leadership, civic engagement, global citizenship, and international cultures. This workshop is open to current and aspiring leaders and volunteers, ages 12 to 112 (by Jan. 1, 2015), who seek to develop skills to serve (or assist youth serving) in leadership roles in clubs, schools, communities, the state and the world. Attending the 2015 Michigan 4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular will help you become an outstanding leader who approaches life with your head, heart and hands open to new ideas, interesting people, and diverse cultures…it will change your world!

Registration coming soon!

4-H Winterfest


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

4-H Winterfest is a hands-on educational program that is open to youth ages 8 to 12 years old. Youth spend two days learning about many different project areas while meeting youth from around the state. 4-H Winterfest offers participants an opportunity to experience Kettunen Center in an overnight camp setting. Youth participate in hands-on sessions that range from crafts to shooting sports. This event offers an opportunity to spend time outdoors enjoying all the Michigan winters have to offer! Youth have the opportunity to go learn new skills, make new friends, while enjoying Michigan winter.

Registration coming soon!

4-H Veterinary Science Teen and Adult Leaders Workshop


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI 49688

Explore animal systems and learn about animal health for a broad array of animals species. Come prepared to learn from others, share information and experiences, ask questions and quiz veterinarians about their careers. You will also participate in hands-on demonstrations that will teach attendees how to help members recognize healthy, sick, and/or injured animals. Meet other youth and leaders who have developed outstanding veterinary science projects and gain ideas to help others start their own vet science projects. New resources will be provided to all attendees. Open to adult and teen volunteers ages 13 (as of Jan. 1, 2015) and older.  

Registration coming soon!

4-H Beef, Sheep and Swine Teen and Adult Leaders Workshop


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

This workshop is designed for both teen and adult leaders who are involved with beef cattle, sheep and swine projects. Topics include animal health, management, care and nutrition. In addition, breakout sessions will include livestock and meat evaluation, animal management and more. Interaction with leaders from different counties is encouraged for exchanging of ideas and programs and connecting with other volunteers in the same project areas. The workshop will also offer ways to enhance communication and teaching skills as well as learn about the many opportunities available for those interested in the beef, sheep and swine industries. Resources will be available for all attendees. Open to adult and teen volunteers ages 13 (as of Jan. 1, 2015) and older.

Registration coming soon!

Michigan 4-H Dairy Conference


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

Do you have an interest in learning more about the dairy industry in Michigan? Whether you’ve just started learning about dairy cows or grew up on a dairy farm, this is the conference for you! You’ll learn about real-world dairy management topics, like nutrition, reproduction, welfare, health, and dairy cattle evaluation. You will also have a chance to practice for the state dairy skill-a-thon and quiz bowl contests and tour a nearby farm. Experts from the dairy industry and Michigan State University will lead educational, hands-on sessions about dairy management to bring the learning to life! This conference is open to youth ages 11-18 as of Jan. 1, 2015.

Registration coming soon!

MI 4-H Shooting Sports Intructor Certification Workshop


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

This Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification workshop is for 4-H staff, adult 4-H volunteers who have completed the 4-H Volunteer Selection Process with their county, and teens enrolled in a 4-H shooting sports club who are at least 16 years old as of Jan. 1, 2015. Participants must be approved by their county MSU Extension 4-H Staff person to work with 4-H Shooting Sports Programs and have at least a basic working knowledge of, and experience in the discipline in which they wish to participate. Disciplines offered will include shotgun, rifle (BB, .22, air/pellet), archery, muzzleloading, and hunting and wildlife.

Participants will learn about the Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports mission, policies, risk management, safety, discipline specific equipment use and care, how to teach shooting fundamentals to youth, range set-up, and more. Participants will also develop and improve skills in teaching shooting sports activities to youth; learn how to develop, expand, and maintain local 4-H Shooting Sports clubs/programs; have the opportunity to exchange ideas for local and State 4-H Shooting Sports programs with volunteers from many counties; and develop renewed respect and concern for safety in the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Adults who successfully complete the workshop and all other requirements will receive certification as a Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor for the discipline in which they participated. Only 4-H certified instructors can lead live-fire, on-range shooting and archery experiences for youth and/or in 4-H Shooting Sports programs.

Registration coming soon!

4-H Mentoring Weekend


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 48688

4-H Mentoring Weekend is a 3-day workshop for adults and youth who are in a mentoring program through 4-H and other youth mentoring organizations. Mentoring program staff are also welcome to attend. The weekend offers activities to mentoring matches with a focus on science, outdoor education, healthy living, and meaningful service in order to strengthen the mentoring relationship. This year’s theme is Building Life Skills. Mentors are also provided with structured training that aims to build the mentoring relationship.

Registration coming soon!

4-H Family Fun Weekend


Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688

Explore all that 4-H has to offer! This weekend will be action-packed and full of new experiences for the entire family. Youth, ages 5-8, and their parent/guardian/caregiver are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn about 4-H! Sessions will provide youth with opportunities to learn about 4-H projects and life skills, the Four-H’s of 4-H, and other Michigan activities and events for 5-8 year old youth involved in 4-H. Parents/guardians/caregivers who attend will learn about 4-H programming specifically designed for the 5-8 year old audience, how to make the most of 4-H experiences, and Michigan 4-H facilities, workshops, and programs. Families will learn and grow together while exploring Kettunen Center and 4-H!

Registration coming soon!

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