Dare to Serve Challenge


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Every day, 4-H’ers are rolling up their sleeves in service as they lead positive change that empowers their peers and their communities. This May, 4-H is launching the annual Dare To Serve initiative to unite 4-H members across the country in making a collective positive impact in their communities. All 4-H’ers are encouraged to venture out into their community to lend a helping hand in a way that is meaningful to them: neighborhood clean-ups, beautification projects, food and donation drives and much more!

If you are not a registered 4-Her yet, PLEASE join by registering on MI 4-H Online or contact your local county MSU Extension officeBeing a member of the 4-H community is FREE!

Learning to Give has the tools you need to educate, equip, and empower today’s youth for a better world.  Learning To Give is a great resource for simple safe service guides.  Find a project that fits your desire to serve whether it is environmental service, helping a neighbor or taking civic action, there is a guide for you.   

This year, members of the Dare To Serve Committee are issuing a special DARE to their fellow Michigan 4-H members, as well as volunteers, alumni and staff. They have created the Michigan 4-H Dare to Serve Challenge which has the goal of inspiring everyone in Michigan 4-H to do at least one thing to serve their community during the month of May. Their goal: have at least one 4-H led community service project completed in each of Michigan’s 83 counties during the month of May! Imagine how big of an impact we can have if each of us chooses to lend our hands to larger service this May!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Join with others, or work on your own, to plan a service project in your community that you think will make a positive difference.
  2. Register your project and add it to the map showing all the community service projects taking place in Michigan. This will encourage others to find or provide a service opportunity so they can take part ,too!
  3. When you complete your service project, share it on social media and tag a Michigan 4-H friend to whom you want to issue the Michigan 4-H Dare to Serve Challenge! Use the hashtags #MI4H #DareToServeChallenge and #TrueLeaders to connect with others who are making a difference.
  4. Make sure you all follow Michigan 4-H safety policies at this time - Approved Activities 

If someone is issued the Dare to Serve challenge, but chooses not to complete a community service activity, they can choose to offer their support instead by making a donation to Michigan 4-H through the Michigan 4-H Foundation.


You get to decide what project you will do during the Dare To Serve initiative! Visit the Michigan 4-H website to find resources that can help you plan your very own community service project or contact your local 4-H staff for help in identifying service project ideas and opportunities in your community. If you are considering a virtual service project check out this article on virtual community service projects.  Big or small (or somewhere in-between!) every single 4-H community service activity during the month of May will make a positive difference all across the state!


The month-long community service activation will officially kick-off the first day of May and culminate on May 31. Make use you register for our drawing where five clubs and five individual to win prize bags for completing a Service Project during the month of May. We will continue to accept service projects all summer.  August 30th will be our final day of collecting completed projects to highlight on social media and website.  


Looking to spread the word about your #DaretoServeChallenge? Use one of  these social media graphics!

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