Monday, June 18, 2018

STEAM Corps and 4-H Tech Wizards Postion

Position Title: 4-H Tech Wizards Coordinator
Category: AmeriCorps Service Member
Host Site: Marquette County MSU Extension
Site Supervisor: Liana Graves
Stipend: $13,732 (pre-tax)
Education Award: $5,920 (pre-tax)
Position Type: Full-time, 1700 hours
Dates of Service: September 4, 2018- August 3, 2019

Role and Responsibility:
The Marquette County 4-H Tech Wizards Coordinator will be responsible for delivering the 4-H Tech Wizards small-group youth mentoring program to the area schools and community partners.
Tasks will include:
  • Matching 30 youth, in groups of three, to adult or peer mentors to meet regularly for a determined amount of time and work on science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) projects together
  • Monitoring, documenting, and supporting those matches over the term of service
  • Recruiting, screening, and training 20 volunteers to serve as mentors, to provide guest programming, or to otherwise support 4-H Tech Wizards sites
  • Build relationships with school officials in order to recruit interested youth to the program
  • Conduc6ting interviews with youth participants and potential volunteers
  • Hosting quarterly family engagement nights
  • Collecting data and submitting reports to Site Supervisor and to the 4-H STEAM Corps Program Manager
Minimum Qualifications
  • At least 18 years of age
  • U.S. Citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Pass the following checks: State of Michigan, DHHS Central Registry Clearance, FBI Fingerprinting, and State & National Sex Offender Registry
Preferred Skills
  • Experience working with diverse (multiple ages, ethnicities, religions, etc.) populations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Passion for science, technology, engineering, art and/or math (STEAM)
  • Knowledge of youth development, volunteer recruitment and management
  • Outgoing, confident, flexible, adaptable
Work Environment
The position required driving as a regular part of the position, carrying educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 pounds

Members will receive a living allowance of $13,732 to be distributed bi-monthly at a rate of $624.18 (pre-tax) throughout their service term as well as student loan forbearance for qualified loans. Upon successful completion of service, an education award in the amount of $5,920 will be issued. Members will serve 40 hours/ week.

All interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Liana Graves at by 11:59pm on July 6th. Position contingent upon funding from the Michigan Community Service Commission.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or veteran status. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodations.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Second Annual Marquette County 4-H Livestock Workshop

The Second Annual Marquette County 4-H Livestock Workshop
Please click here to access the registration form.
We have Melissa Elischer, coming from campus to provide expertise!
Friday, June 8th at 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 at the Marquette County Fairgrounds
Youth who want to learn more about raising and showing livestock AND their parents are welcome!
This program is sponsored by the Marquette County 4-H Council and is free of charge to current 4-H Members.
$20.00 for non-members.
 Dinner and t-shirts will be provided.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Monday, March 5, 2018

2018 4-H Exploration Days

Discover, learn and grow

Registration Books and Forms are now available online (see "Forms" below).  They are also available at the MSU Extension office. Please read the information below carefully so you don't miss anything.

 About 4-H Exploration Days
More than 2,500 students and adult chaperons will be on the Michigan State University campus June 20-22 for the 49th annual 4-H Exploration Days. This program is open to 4-H Youth AND non-4-H Youth. Non-members will be invited to enroll in 4-H as part of the registration process. Participants stay in residence halls and attend sessions in their areas of interest such as veterinary medicine, Web design, performing arts, how to start their own business, organic farming, and many more. 214 hands-on classroom and field trip sessions are offered this year. Participants from Marquette County must have turned 12 years old by January 1, 2018 in order to participate in the event. The Marquette County Delegation will leave on Tuesday, June 19th for this event.

 Cost and Scholarship Information

Option #1
Option #2
Option #3
Option #4
Current 4-H Members
New and Returning 4-H Members
Full cost with no scholarships
Cost with $40 State 4-H Scholarship applied
Cost with $115 Marquette County 4-H Council Scholarship applied
Cost with $40 State 4-H Scholarship AND $115 Marquette County 4-H Council Scholarship applied

The options above show the cost for youth to participate in the event. The costs include a $165.00 Exploration Days Registration Fee, a $25.00 early arrival fee, a $70.00 bus fee, and (for youth not currently enrolled in 4-H) a $20.00 Participation Fee. In addition to these fees, participants are also responsible for 3 meals while traveling to and from East Lansing. Some sessions also require that participants pay a "session fee". See registration booklet for more info (these session fees are due along with any balance at the orientation meeting in May).

The Marquette County 4-H Council and the State 4-H Office provide financial assistance to support the participation of Marquette County youth in this event. Youth must complete scholarship applications in order to receive financial assistance.

Marquette County 4-H Council Scholarship
The Marquette County 4-H Council will provide $115.00 scholarships to youth who complete a Marquette County 4-H Council - Exploration Days Scholarship Application Form showing ten hours of community service through any means over the past year. The form must be received by the Marquette County MSU Extension office by April 13, 2018 in order for youth to get this scholarship.

State 4-H Scholarship
Each year the State 4-H office awards each county a limited number of Exploration Days Scholarships. These $40 scholarships are to support participation of financially limited youths who would otherwise not attend and to encourage and support youth who have not participated in Exploration Days in the past. If you are new to Exploration Days, please fill out an application. If you have multiple children attending, please fill out an application. These forms are due April 13th, as well.

Registration Instructions and Deadlines
Please note: All participants MUST include 8 session choices on their registration form. You will not be registered unless your form has all 8 session choice lines completed and the $80 registration fee is paid ($100 if you have not yet paid your participation fee). Please make your checks out to MSU. Please be sure to include an email address on your registration form as well. Email is how you will be receiving information about the program.

** Sessions are assigned in the order that registrations are received, so early registration is highly encouraged! **

The deadline for registration is April 25th. Scholarship applications are due April 13, 2018. 

Orientation Information 

Orientation Meetings

Mark your calendar and save the date!  ALL youth participants and a parent, are required to attend one of these meetings.  I also ask that the chaperons and CCAs attend at least one of these meetings. 

mandatory Exploration Days Orientation meeting will be held at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, May 29th.  This meeting will be a shorter version of the orientation meeting for individuals who have attended Exploration Days in the past. A mandatory Exploration Days orientation meeting will be held at 5:30 pm on Thursday, May 31st. This is the standard orientation meeting, for youth who have not yet been to Exploration Days. Location of both meetings will be determined at a later date. Please put this on your calendars now.

Identification Portfolios

with a current photo will be needed for each youth and adult participant. These sheets will help county conference assistants (CCAs) and chaperones put names and faces together, put all pertinent information in one place and assist with identification and tracking if someone is missing. I encourage you to fill this information out now and submit it with your photo when you hand in your registration forms. You can have both the form and photo ready to hand in at the Orientation Meeting in June as well.





For More Information about 4-H Exploration Days please go to The Michigan 4-H Web Page


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Art of Teen Leadership: Marquette Photovoice Project

For more information contact Brian Wibby at or Liana Graves at or call the MSU Extension Office at 906-475-5731 and ask for Brian or Liana.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Marquette County Fair Ice Cream

The Marquette County 4-H Council sells Jilbert's Ice Cream (YUM!) at the Marquette County Fair as a fundraiser to help provide many opportunities for local youth such as 4-H Exploration Days at MSU, 4-H Camps in the U.P., Teen and Volunteer Skill Building Workshops, even national programs in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia.  
The Ice Cream Booth is located inside the 4-H Building at the Fairgrounds.
Selling ice cream for 4 days is a lot of work, but if all of the 4-H members of Marquette County pitch in a 2 hour block of time, we will have a very successful fundraiser. 
We ask that anyone who has received a scholarship in the last 4-H year (like to Exploration Days or went to 4-H Camp) to please work a 2 hour shift. If you haven't yet received a scholarship, you likely will down the road. So to insure there is money to receive, we need your help, too. :) 

Click here to see the Ice Cream Booth Sign up Schedule. 

We ask that no more than 1 teen sign up for any time block. This way we don't have a booth full of teens in one block and then a booth full of younger members who don't quite have the skills to run the booth smoothly in the next block.  
If a parent would like to assist their younger member, we welcome the extra set of adult hands. 
To sign up for a shift, please look at the schedule and contact Liana Graves at or 906-315-2663. Updates will be made daily.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

2017 4-H Camp

You have all been anxiously awaiting it, and now it is here! The 2017  4-H Summer Camp will be held July 11-13 at Clear Lake Education Center, located in the Hiawatha National Forest. Campers (ages 9-13) will enjoy participating in a variety of fun, hands-on educational activities while at camp, including a high ropes challenge*, nature exploration, swimming, arts and crafts, drama, and lots of group activities. Youth do not have to be a current 4-H member to attend camp, but they will enroll in 4-H as part of their registration process.

Older youth (ages 14 and up) are needed to serve as Junior Counselors. Youth serving in these positions will provide leadership (along with an Adult) to a cabin of younger campers. Junior Counselors will need to attend a Counselor Training the day before Camp begins (July 10th at 2:30 p.m. in Marquette County). Junior Counselors will be given the opportunity to participate in high ropes after their group of campers have gone through the course and for a $25 fee. 

Adult MEN and Adult WOMEN  (ages 20 or older) are needed to serve as Adult Counselors. Adults serving in these roles must complete the MSU Extension Volunteer Selection Process before they are accepted as volunteers. Adults provide oversight for a cabin of campers and youth counselors.

The Early Bird cost of 4-H Camp is $55 per youth already enrolled in 4-H ($65 for youth not yet enrolled in 4-H) and includes everything campers will need; daily meals, snacks, lodging, all program supplies, crafts, and instruction. This price goes up after June 1st to $75 for 4-H members and $85 for youth not yet enrolled. Youth Counselors and Adult Volunteers attend camp at no cost.

Space at camp is limited. Registration will be completed in the order that applications and payment are received. The final day to register a camper (space permitting) is June 23, 2017. Counselor and Adult registrations must be submitted no later than June 16, 2017.

For questions or more information, please contact Liana Graves at the MSU Extension Office. Call 906.475.5731or 906-315-2663 or email

****All NEW this year: Online Registration and Payment!!****
Click here to go to the registration page. 

If you need assistance completing the online registration, please contact Liana at the MSU Extension office and she can help you. 
If you do not wish to pay online, you can still pay by check. 
****Please make all CHECKS out to Michigan State University ****

Busing Information
We are working out the details for Marquette County busing. This is an additional cost of $15.00 and will be limited to the first 25 youth to request this option. Please contact Liana at the MSU Extension Office at 906-315-2663 to sign up.

*High ropes can only be offered if a minimum number of campers attend camp.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Marquette County 4-H History Club

4-H has joined with the Marquette Regional History Center to create a new History Club!!

Who: youth ages 9-12
When: monthly meetings (or more if you decide)
Where: meetings will take place at Marquette Regional History Center: (145 . Spring St. Marquette, MI  49855)
What: learn about local history through projects such as building a diorama, role playing, local authors, traditional crafts, and things YOU want to know about.

This is a great chance to create exhibits for the Marquette County Fair and win prizes!

Click HERE for a link to the official Club Flyer.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

UP Regional Archery Certification Training

Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports

    Archery Certification Workshop


When and where:

April 8 & 9, 2017
8:00 – 5:00 each day
Mather Elementary School- 411 Elm Ave. Munising, MI  49862


·      This workshop is for adult leaders and teens 16 and older that are active in their shooting sports club or want to become involved.  Participants should express and interest in working with youth and have a willingness to improve their own knowledge and skills in shooting sports.
·      The 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Workshop provides the necessary skills, resources and background to successfully teach shooting sports and conduct range activities.   This workshop is archery specific
·      Certification is a requirement to facilitate live fire on a range.  All adult leaders need to be approved by their local MSUE office and have completed the 4-H Volunteer Selection Process.


·      $60.00
·      Registration includes resources, snacks and lunch both days.

Registration information:

·      The deadline to register for this event is Monday, April 3, 2017
·      To register, click here for the registration form or contact Liana Graves at

Find out more…

For more information, contact Liana Graves at or Nick Baumgart at
Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested with your registration.


2017 Save the Date Postcard