Preparing Michigan youth for future employment
Michigan State University Extension offers 4-H Youth Development programs that focus on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, career exploration and workforce preparation.
Many young adults (ages 16 to 24) find themselves disconnected from both the educational system and labor market: in Michigan, this rate is 13 percent – higher than the nationwide average. This detachment during the pivotal years of early independence can have damaging long-term effects, from lower incomes to poor mental health outcomes. To combat this growing issue, youth need assistance to prepare for and find gainful employment and educational opportunities. Furthermore, they need well-rounded job skills and the ability to explore careers in a safe and informative way.
To meet this important need, Michigan State University Extension offers 4-H Youth Development programs that focus on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, career exploration and workforce preparation. Through various experiences, MSU Extension equips young Michiganders with the skills and competencies critical to any job while also allowing youth to explore career options and entrepreneurship. In 2017, this programming reached 12,500 youth participants in 76 Michigan counties through more than 329 educational activities. Of those surveyed:
- 90% were prepared for a job interview and knew the importance of networking.
- 96% could connect their interests and skills to viable career options.
- 82% knew where they wanted to end up and had a plan for how to get there.