Despite what officials say are perceptions of 4-H being only for farming and farm animals, the state’s program is continuing efforts to promote youth interests around the state.
One of 4-H’s big summer events is Exploration Days in Lansing.Thousands of youth from all over the state take seminars in leadership, computers, and photography, as well as farming and cooking.
Matthew Newman, Gratiot County 4-H Program Coordinator, said the 4-H and Exploration Days offers an opportunity for teens to see outside their daily routine.
“Increase responsibility and confidence, independence and accountability, have them work as a team and gain some citizenship skill, etc,” he said. “It gives them an opportunity to try new things that are not always, necessarily, available to them in their own counties.”
Newman said Exploration Days are also open to individuals outside of the 4-H program.
This event will take place at Michigan State University from June 18 to the 20. Individuals interested must sign up by the Tuesday, Apr. 30 deadline.