Program Benefits

The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development shows that 4-H helps young people excel beyond their peers. The structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that young people receive through their participation in 4-H plays a vital role in helping them achieve future life successes. This in-depth longitudinal study concludes that, when compared to other youth, young people involved in 4-H have higher educational achievement and higher motivation for future education. In addition, youth in 4-H are more civically active and make more civic contributions to their communities than youth in other out-of-school programs.

Experiential Learning Model
Life Skills Model
Essential Elements of 4-H Youth Development
Tufts Study
Club Impacts
Benefits to Youth

4-H Helps Young People Excel Beyond Their Peers
According to Wave 6 of the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, 4-H youth have strong inclinations toward healthy behaviors, academic excellence and civic achievement.
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4-H Youth Make Healthy Choices
4-H Healthy Living initiatives are proven to engage youth in positive healthy living behaviors.
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4-H Science Programming Helps Students Excel
4-H Science program models provide added value to both schools and communities and increase the number of students pursuing science, engineering, technology and applied math fields in their academic studies and careers.
Learn more about 4-H Science Programming Research

Last updated February 11, 2015