POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Learn. Grow. Connect.
4-H helps young people learn and grow through a process that builds competence, confidence, connection, compassion, and character. By participating in 4-H, young people prepare themselves for economic and social success as adults while making positive contributions to their communities.
4-H programming is based on the theory and practice of positive youth development. In short, it based on a belief that positive outcomes for young people don’t happen by chance. Instead, it is up to parents, schools, youth organizations, and the entire community to help them learn and grow.
Positive youth development occurs best in settings that provide opportunities for mastery, independence, generosity, and belonging. That's why 4-H goes to great lengths to ensure that all 4-H experiences include these essential elements.
Leadership and oversight of 4-H at the local level is provided by a faculty member of Oregon State University who lives or works in your community.
To learn more about 4-H Positive Youth Development check out these resources:
The Oregon 4-H Program Model is based on the principles of positive youth development.
Essential Elements of Youth Development PowerPoint Presentation by Cathann Kress, former National 4-H Leader
The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development PowerPoint Presentation by Jacqueline V. Lerner of Boston College and Christina Theokas