Global Citizenship

Understanding one's place in the world and having an appreciation for diverse perspectives and cultures are both important 21st century skills for youth to develop in today’s globally connected planet. By engaging youth with diverse people, places and things, MSU Extension provides many opportunities for them to build their cultural competencies, develop their character, enhance their creativity, increase their communication skills and become more respectful and empathetic citizens. Programs and resources support youth and adults in this area. 

Explore more Youth Global Citizenship Programs

  • 4-H China Project

    Conducted in cooperation with the People’s Republic of China, the Michigan 4-H China Project is a global education program that allows youth to explore another culture while communicating with their peers across the globe through visual letters.

  • 4-H Clothing & Textiles

    Youth explore the world of wardrobes and fashion while learning the essentials of personal appearance, the importance of body image, and how to be a smart buyer.

  • 4-H Communications

    Having great communications skills can make a big difference in life and work. In 4-H activities, you will have the opportunity to gain skills and confidence in areas such as public speaking, writing, visual communication, video and media.

  • 4-H Exploration Days

    This MSU precollege program welcomes youth ages 12-19 to explore their future, try new things and experience college life! During this three-day event, youth will gain confidence and independence through hands-on learning and make friends for a lifetime.

  • 4-H Folkpatterns

    Youth explore cultural traditions, history, traditional crafts, foods and their own heritage through 4-H folkpatterns.

  • 4-H Global & Cultural Education

    4-H offers a variety of opportunities for kids and adults to learn more about our global community and develop an appreciation for diverse perspectives and cultures.

  • 4-H International Exchange Programs

    Michigan 4-H offers youth and their families an opportunity to think globally, grow in their cultural awareness, and gain knowledge about the world through international exchange programs that include both hosting and travelling abroad.

  • 4-H Interstate Exchanges

    Visit another state to experience the lives of other 4-H members or host a 4-H'er in your own home. Through interstate exchanges, youth learn about communities and cultures different from their own and develop an appreciation for diversity.

  • 4-H Visual Arts

    Visual art activities allow young people to express their creative side while gaining valuable life skills and self-confidence.

  • National 4-H Congress

    This five-day conference in Atlanta, Georgia, offers workshops on topics such as diversity, cultural experiences, leadership and team development. 4-H’ers can also apply to be on the leadership and design teams that develop and conduct the event.

  • World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute

    The World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute is a one-day event that gives high school students the opportunity to present research and recommendations on how to solve key global challenges.