This MSU pre-college program gives young people a chance to experience college life, learn new ideas and skills, and meet people from across Michigan.
Global & Cultural Education
Helping young people explore, appreciate and value what people next door, across town and around the world have in common and what makes them unique is critically important in society today. The people of this world are an amazing group tied together by many similarities and distinguished by a multitude of wonderful differences. Michigan 4-H offers a variety of opportunities for kids and adults to learn more about our global community through:
New Curriculum Published!
4-H Backpack to Adventure: Youth Leaders in a Global World is an innovative, competency-driven and research-based curriculum from . It is designed for adult and teen volunteers, parents, professionals and others to use in working with young people aged 9 to 19 to develop the knowledge and skills they need to become youth leaders in an interconnected, global environment.
The learning activities are appropriate for use in nonformal educational settings such as 4-H clubs and groups, after-school and out-of-school programs, home school classes, school enrichment programs and camps. The activities can also be used in classrooms.
- The “4-H Backpacks to Adventure” that young people create either on their own or in teams.
- A focus on five competencies (5Cs) that young people will need to become leaders – locally and globally – in a globalized, rapidly changing and interconnected world. The 5Cs are character, citizenship, communication, creativity and culture.
- A “Resource Matrix” that shows which of the 5Cs are addressed in each activity and that links to many more learning opportunities.
- The activities are matched to the 2010 National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies.
“The challenges that face the world today – from global
poverty and climate change to financial systems and conflict
– require globally minded solutions. Global competency
skills are necessary so that young people can invent a future
that appropriately addresses global challenges.”
– van Fleet & Winthrop, 2010
For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office.
For more information on The 4-H China Project, contact:
For information on 4-H International Exchange Programs contact:
- 2010 Youth Leadership in a Globalized World Survey
- 4-H Backpack to Adventure: Youth Leaders in a Global World (4H1643)
- 4-H Children’s Art Exchange Study Guide
- 4-H Children’s Art Exchange: Descriptions of Pictures - Kit A
- 4-H China Art Exchange Powerpoint
- 4-H International Exchange Program Application Information & Forms
- A Guide to 4-H Youth County Exchange Programs
- Chinese Children’s Ribbon Dance Kit for Grades K–6
- Discover Chinese Dance Activity Kit for Grades K–6
- Family Folklore: A 4-H Folkpatterns Project (4H1330)
- Folk Arts in Education: A Resource Handbook II
- Folkpatterns 4-H Leader’s Guide (4H1506)
- Food, Culture & Reading: A Facilitators Guide for Grades 4-6
- Foodways: A 4-H Folkpatterns Project (4H1329)
- Guide to Exploring African American Culture
- Heritage Gardening: Vegetables (4H1279)
- Member’s Personal 4-H Record Book (4H1192)
- Michigan 4-H History Project Collection Manual & Oral History Interviewing Guide (4H1598)
- Passport to the World
- Windows on Asian Culture
- ¡Qué Rico! LaCultura Latino Cultural Arts Bilingual Group Activities for Youth K-8