MSU Extension Programs Cultivate Future Leaders
For more than 100 years MSU Extension (MSUE) has extended the university's knowledge to address real-world issues and opportunities facing Michigan residents. It continues in that vein today, with a new structure that is mobilized under four programming themes: supporting agriculture and agribusiness (Michigan's second-largest industry); "greening" Michigan toward a more sustainable future; health and nutrition programs that give Michigan residents the tools they need to embrace healthy living; and programs for children and youth that lay the foundation for tomorrow's leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, and skilled employees.
Extension's 4-H youth resources include career exploration tools, activities and programs; information about post-high school education and training opportunities; financial aid assistance; and job search pointers.
- WOW! Wild Over Work
WOW! is designed to help teen and adult volunteers and teachers introduce children aged 5 to 12 to skills and behaviors they'll need in the workforce of the future. The curriculum consists of hands-on, experiential activities in career exploration and skill development. It is organized around four themes: Work Around Me, Work in My Community, Work Around the World, and Work in My Future. The idea behind WOW! is to expose children to a variety of options and help them gather information and think about the future.
Wow! is designed to help teen and adult volunteers and teachers introduce children aged 5 to 12 to skills and behaviors they'll need in the workforce of the future.
A wealth of information, contacts, and coaching is available for young entrepreneurs. A few of these resources include:
- Be the "E" Entrepreneurship National 4-H Curriculum
Be the "E" is an exciting way for young people in grades 7 to 12 to learn if they have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. The curriculum includes three levels of activities: Level 1 introduces young people to the world of entrepreneurship; Level 2 is a series of planning experiences that helps participants identify and develop the skills they need to function successfully as entrepreneurs; and Level 3 takes them through the process of researching and creating a business plan.
- Going Solo Curriculum
Going Solo is a complete package for guiding aspiring entrepreneurs into the world of business ownership. The materials are adaptable and can be customized for virtually any setting. The program targets high school youth and is very hands-on, including a computer game to provide a realistic experience.
- Money Management
Educational resources and opportunities include teaching children about money, allowances and alternatives, and family financial literacy.
Visit http://4h.msue.msu.edu/4h/careers and http://4h.msue.msu.edu/4h/entrepreneurship for more information.