4-H Exploration Days offers entrepreneurship sessions

Youth may be interested in attending 4-H Exploration Days in June to learn more about business and entrepreneurship ideas.

Youth at Exploration Days
Youth during 4-H Exploration Days. All photos by Michigan State University Extension.

Youth ages 11-19 can attend 4-H Exploration Days, June 19-21, 2019, on the campus of Michigan State University, where they attend one or two sessions throughout the three-day event from over 200 sessions offered, including business and entrepreneurship sessions. There are six half-day business and entrepreneurship classes offered that will teach youth how to start their own business as well as obtain marketing skills.

First-half sessions

  • Five Principles of Marketing Your 4-H Livestock
  • Life on a Dairy Farm
  • Turning Ideas into Products

Youth taking the “Five Principles of Marketing Your 4-H Livestock" will explore the five P’s of marketing—product, price, place, promotion and people—and how it effects selling your project livestock. Youth will learn the basics of these principles through an exciting game that demonstrates how various marketing factors can produce a higher or lower break-even price for the sale of the animal.

Did you ever wonder what life on a dairy farm is like? “Life on a Dairy Farm” gives youth a chance to observe careers in the dairy industry. A fast-moving board game called Life on a Dairy Farm combines real family farm mishaps and gives youth a chance to develop critical thinking, money and math skills. Youth will also learn about MSU’s dairy-related academic programs. A visit to the MSU dairy barn gives youth an overview of the daily operations of running a dairy farm, ranging from the dairy calf housing to the milking parlor.

Youth taking the “Turning Ideas into Products” class will have the chance to create a new product using creative and innovative thinking. Youth will have the chance to develop a prototype of their product, create a marketing campaign and promote their business idea in a product-pitch competition to the rest of the group.

Youth during Exploration DaysSecond-half sessions

  • Beat the Competition: 4-H Livestock Marketing
  • Reality Farm
  • Turn Your 4-H Passion into Profits

In “Beat the Competition: 4-H Livestock Marketing," youth will learn how to grow the potential profit of their 4-H livestock projects and a variety of marketing and communication strategies. During the field trip to the MSU Beef Teaching and Research Center, youth will learn two different livestock systems.

Get ready to roll the dice on the “Reality Farm” game to see if your simulated 4-H project animal makes as much money as your real life livestock project. Is farming in your future? Discover how record books can help you develop a business plan and a career path.

Ever wondered how you could turn your passion for your 4-H projects or hobbies into a small business? Whether you enjoy raising livestock, creating crafts, growing a garden or designing a website, in the "Turn Your 4-H Passion into Profits" session, you’ll discover in this session how you make money doing something you love.

4-H Exploration Days gives youth a chance to explore all different areas of interest from healthy living, livestock, science and a whole lot more. The 2019 registration book with full class descriptions is now available. Visit the 4-H Exploration Days website for more information and to register.

Michigan State University Extension and Michigan 4-H Youth Development help to prepare young people for successful futures. As a result of career exploration and workforce preparation activities, thousands of Michigan youth are better equipped to make important decisions about their professional future, ready to contribute to the workforce and able to take fiscal responsibility in their personal lives. Read more in the 2017 Impact Reports.

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