Discover the many ways to get involved in your community and act locally through activities and events that develop leadership and citizenship skills. Youth gain the knowledge, skills and practical application needed to learn job skills and have fun.

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Change the world. Change your community. 

Through citizenship, leadership and community service learning activities, young people learn how their actions (such as voting, participating in community service activities, writing letters to their legislators and taking action on an issue important to them) can help them understand how to make a difference. In the process, they learn life skills, understand themselves, learn to learn, communicate better, make positive decisions and learn to get along and work well with both youth and adults.

Michigan 4-H is proud to be a leader in citizenship, leadership & service!

Through the following goals, young people experience citizenship, leadership and service in the context of positive community youth development. 4-H citizenship, leadership and community service learning programs:

  • Meet the needs of youth by developing fun and relevant experiences designed by youth and adults.
  • Use a variety of research-based learning processes and resources to engage youth in a variety of hands-on activities.
  • Involve youth and adults as partners existing at all levels of program design, implementation and evaluation and through shared knowledge and activities have reciprocal leading, teaching and mentoring roles.


For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office, one of our topic experts or email