Introducing the new Students4Students Youth Volunteering 4-H Club!

Do you know any students aged 10-18 who want to be an integral part of starting a new, “Students 4 Service” leadership and mentoring program in our community?AND qualify for required community service hours? AND get FREE JET’S PIZZA for dinner each week!?


The Great Lakes Children’s Museum has teamed up with the Grand Traverse 4-H and MSU Extension to bring a Youth Commission to the Northern Michigan Region!


In order to best serve area youth and build a strong volunteer base through age 18, we are developing a program which includes student mentor training, student service and adult volunteering- culminating in the unique opportunity for students to serve on the Great Lakes Children’s Museum’s Board of Directors.


The Students 4 Service Program is currently designed for ages 10 through High School Senior. The program is facilitated by Michigan State University Extension educators, and is designed to teach a variety of life skills with an emphasis on employment and customer service skills- areas of opportunity for the youth of today.


*The cost to participate in this program is only $10- but students who complete the entire program will have their money refunded at the end!


What is involved?



Students (Mentors) – ages 10-18 will collaborate in program design, management and implementation of a working Youth Commission for the Great Lakes Children’s Museum.

  • October 4th – Introduction and Leadership Training
  • October 11th – Money Management Part 1
  • October 18th – Money Management Part 2
  • October 25th – Volunteer Training
  • November 1st – Career and Work Force Prep
  • November 8th – Youth/Adult Partnerships



The Students 4 Service Program falls directly in line with needs identified in the Youth Needs assessment by the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. The top identified need was “relieving stress and career/college pressure”, while “employment/economy” and “lack of opportunities outside school” were also identified in the top half. The program will prepare young adults for what to expect once they start competing for jobs today, thus relieving some of the pressure of the unknown. This program will help to instill confidence in the participants, because our participants will know what to expect and how to act professionally when they land that first job.

The Student 2 Student 4-H club, housed and sponsored by the Great Lakes Children’s Museum, will be creating the student Youth Commission. Interested? RSVP to 231.932.4526 or All sessions will be held at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum at 13240 S. West Bay Shore Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684 (BATA Route 10- call ahead).