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Global Connections

Lessons on global citizenship are as close by as the local grocery store, library, highway or high school. Join other youth to talk about world issues and global situations. Explore language, family traditions, culture, global connectedness, genealogy, and concerns of other young people. Discover how you can make a difference in your community and your world.

Six youth linking arms in a circle


Intrastate and interstate exchanges

Small groups of youth explore communities in Minnesota or other states in these hands-on learning trips. The intrastate/interstate experiences are usually 7- to 10-day visits to another county with planned activities by the 4-H clubs in the area, including a home stay with a 4-H family. These visits enhance the youth's sense of discovery and provide first-hand experience of how youth and families live and work in other communities. Youth experience the differences and similarities in America and Americans-both geographic and ethnic.

What you can do

All levels: WeConnect

Youth are participants in a global society. Develop and refine your international thinking skills; demonstrate ability to communicate effectively within an intercultural context; possess a sense of self and exhibit social responsibility.

For adult leaders

WeConnect Facilitator's Guide

Record keeping & evaluation


New to 4-H? Get involved in Global Connections!.

Jessica Russo, Extension educator and director of the Urban Youth Development Office

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