Leadership Development

With innovative ideas, exuberant energy and the ability to look beyond preconceived obstacles and restrictions, youth have the capacity to change the world. To provide young people with the skills that empower these assets, MSU Extension provides youth and the adults who serve them with trainings that teach youth how to run a meeting, deal with conflict, work collaboratively with people of various leadership styles and personalities, and more. These local and statewide workshops cover topics including youth-adult partnerships, parliamentary procedure, facilitation, communication, conflict resolution and more.

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  • 4-H Advisory Group Support

    Training and technical assistance for community and county 4-H advisory groups to help them provide high-quality and effective youth development programming consistent with Michigan 4-H policies and practices.

  • 4-H Capitol Experience

    4-H Capitol Experience is an annual four-day conference that helps prepare youth for active citizenship by focusing on civic engagement and public policy.

  • 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 11-19 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 Leadership, Citizenship & Service

    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.

  • 4-H Youth-Adult Partnerships

    Incorporate young people into governance and decision-making processes with resources that help build and sustain youth-adult partnerships - a great way to couple youth enthusiasm and fresh perspectives with adult wisdom and experience.

  • Character Education

    Character education is the process of learning common attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that are important for people to have as responsible citizens. Parents, teachers, 4-H volunteers and families can help youth positively develop character.

  • Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council

    State Youth Leadership Council members serve as representatives of the Michigan 4-H program, promoting 4-H through state and local activities, and can provide youth voice and perspective on the development of 4-H programs and curricula.

  • Michigan 4-H Youth Conservation Council

    The Michigan 4-H Youth Conservation Council offers leadership and confidence-building, acquisition of important life skills, a chance to explore solutions to environmental issues, and much more! M4HYCC is for children ages 13 to 19.

  • 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.