2020 Spring VANTAGE
Published April 21, 2020
The VANTAGE newsletter is published for members of the Michigan 4-H Foundation. The 2020 spring edition of VANTAGE features a how 4-H'ers are helping communities, a new youth trustee, a shooting sports endowment, outstanding alumni, volunteers, and more.
Michigan 4-H’ers pledge their hands to larger service in a time of need
Families and communities struggle to adapt to closed schools and businesses while working to maintain their own health and well-being. For many Michigan 4-H’ers, lending a hand is part of their normal, and have sprung into action to help their communities.
Meet Mike Tate: a visionary leader for 4-H, youth development
Michael Tate, Michigan’s first African-American state 4-H director, helped shape the future of 4-H in Michigan.
Alpena 4-H Tech Changemakers: Turning the tide on single-use plastics
In northeastern Michigan, the fight against microplastics in the Great Lakes is being championed by the Alpena 4-H Tech Changemakers.
New youth joins foundation board of trustees
Alger County 4-H member Kennedy DeFrancesco, of Munising, was elected to the Michigan 4-H Foundation board of trustees at its January board meeting.
Meet Brady Gibson: Kalamazoo County 4-H
Kalamazoo County 4-H'er Brady Gibson gives a personal testimonial of the impact of Michigan 4-H.
New sidewalk provides safe passageway to 4-H Children's Gardens
This past summer, the parking lot adjacent to the Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens underwent construction to install a new safe passage sidewalk.
Kettunen Center hosts 29th 4-H Creative Arts Celebration
For nearly 60 years, Michigan 4-H’ers and volunteers have explored their inner creativity and learned new talents at 4-H’s skill-building workshops at Kettunen Center
MFB 4-H Excellence in Agriculture award recipients announced
Three outstanding 4-H volunteers will receive 2019-20 Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Awards.
MSU Distinguished Academic Staff honoree credits Michigan 4-H for igniting his successful career
MSU Extension’s Brandon Schroeder was recently honored with MSU's Distinguished Academic Staff Award. However, before joining MSU Extension 15 years ago, Schroeder was already a part of the Extension community: he spent his youth as a Michigan 4-H member.
Glassen Foundation establishes 4-H shooting sports endowment
The Hal and Jean Glassen Foundation made a $100,000 gift to establish a new 4-H endowed fund with the Michigan 4-H Foundation to support the Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Program.