M4-HYCC is a 4-H youth program that meets at the Kettunen 4-H Conference Center in Tustin for a few days, two or three times over the course of the year, to select an environmental issue in the state, research it, and present findings and recommendations to either the Michigan Senate Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee or a joint House and Senate committee in April on the selected Issues. During the Kettunen Center weekends, we talk to experts on the chosen topic or topics, vote on issues, make assignments, and do teambuilding activities and outdoor recreation.
Step 1: Identifying top issues - Teen advisers and adults meet in October to choose 5 or 6 possible issues to present to the rest of the council
Step 2: Selecting a single issue - Whole council meets in December to hear experts on each topic and get a consensus on one issue to research for the year.
Step 3: General research - Council members research the final topic and write a short paper on it.
Step 4: Delegating individual assignments - The council looks over points from the papers and choose sub-topics for regional groups at a meeting some time in January.
Step 5: Final research - Members research their individual sub-topics and make a written report and a few PowerPoint slides on that topic.
Step 6: Compilation - All of the individual written reports and PowerPoint slides are made into one single written report and PowerPoint presentation.
Step 7: Presentation - The final presentation is made to the Senate committee
Team building and fun activities
Outdoor Rec. at Kettunen center: Hiking, canoeing, skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, geocaching,
Indoor: Card games, name games and energizers.
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