4-H interstate exchange programs have new resource

Connect with other states through new National 4-H Exchange Interstate Exchange Database Facebook page.

Youth interstate exchanges have always provided positive cultural experiences for youth within their own country, and now there is a resource to aid in the exchange process. There are many opportunities for youth to travel across the United States in the two-way exchange program that usually takes place over two consecutive summers. The National 4-H Exchange Interstate Exchange Database Facebook page has been created to connect states’ exchange programs. The page is a closed group and permission to join the group will have to be requested from page organizers.

“A Guide to 4-H Youth County Exchange Programs” lists interstate exchange program objectives as:

  • Develop knowledge of other people and their way of life.
  • Gain a deeper insight into one’s own values.
  • Create and foster a spirit of understanding and appreciation of others’ heritage, customs and other cultural factors.
  • Foster the development of initiative and independence.
  • Learn about other areas of our state and nation.
  • Create new and perhaps lasting friendships.
  • Gain new insight, leadership experiences and abilities.
  • Expand 4-H understanding beyond local community or county.
  • Gain 4-H ideas to strengthen local 4-H clubs and activities.
  • Enrich individual’s lives.                
  • Share information learned with other members and families upon return home.
  • Become involved in another community.

For more information on developing an exchange in your state or county, refer to the Michigan State University Extension article, “Ten tips for organizing a 4-H youth exchange.” For more information on 4-H youth interstate exchanges, contact your local MSU Extension office or local Cooperative Extension Service.

Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan 4-H Youth Development program help to prepare youth as positive and engaged leaders and global citizens by providing educational experiences and resources for youth interested in developing knowledge and skills in these areas. To learn about the positive impact of Michigan 4-H youth leadership, civic engagement, citizenship and global/cultural programs, read our 2015 Impact Report: “Developing Civically Engaged Leaders.”

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