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Global and cultural education helps young people make connections

A 6-session class or club overview focused on strengthening global and cultural capabilities.

A practical way for young people to learn about global and cultural concepts is through the Michigan 4-H curriculum entitled Backpack to Adventure. Just as people learn about other cultures and perspectives when they have the opportunity to travel, the activities of this curriculum allow participants to dive into these topics and learn global and cultural abilities at their home clubs and schools. Provide an opportunity.

Backpacks for Adventure: Global World Youth Leaders is a Michigan 4-H curriculum designed to help compassionate adult or teenage leaders pick up and teach groups. Each activity has background information so that the facilitator can read the topic and understand the context. This series of articles outlines and describes the activities of the Global Connections 4-H Club, which uses the Backpack to Adventure curriculum as its foundation. We’ll talk about six sessions, but there may be plenty of opportunities to investigate further. What do you pack in your backpack?

The first session requires ample time for participants to get to know each other and learn about their global and cultural abilities.

  • The name Juggling is a great icebreaker and a way to get to know everyone right away.
  • World Turtle is the first activity in the Backpack to Adventure curriculum and is a great way to showcase many global concepts. Young people create their own turtle stories in small groups, exploring the five Cs of character, citizenship, communication, creativity, and culture.
Examples of turtle activity in the world; for decorative purposes.
Sample activity of young turtle clay in the world. Photo courtesy of Jan Brinn.
  • Take some time for some videos that showcase successful leadership and empowerment. The curriculum contains some examples. One of our favorites is the African 4-H.
  • We conclude with some retrospective time for the participants. Invite participants to pair and discuss with someone in another group. What does global mean? What does it mean to be a leader?

Interested in a free copy of the curriculum? Please contact Sara Keinath or Jan Brinn. Orientations are planned throughout the year to help those who want to learn more! You can also contact Sara for more information about the Global Connections SPIN Club, including lesson plans, resources, and resource listings.

The Michigan State University (MSU) Extensions and Michigan 4-H Youth Development Program provide educational experience and resources to young people interested in developing knowledge and skills in these areas, thereby providing positive and enthusiastic leaders and the planet. We support the preparation of youth as citizens. Other global educational opportunities can also be found on the MSU Extensions Global and Cultural Education website. Visit the Michigan 4-H International Events page to learn about other educational and cultural opportunities. For more information on 4-H learning opportunities and other 4-H programs, please contact your local MSU Extension Office.

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