4-H is a youth development program that fosters an innovative, “learn by doing” approach with proven results. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, with research-driven programming developed by our nation’s Cooperative Extension System focusing on science, citizenship and healthy living. We are lucky to have this program here, because it is part of the University of Arizona, one of the nation’s 109 land-grant universities.
The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, a longitudinal study conducted by the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, shows youth engaged with 4-H are:
- Nearly two times more likely to get better grades in school;
- Nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college;
- 41 percent less likely to engage in risky behaviors; and
- 25 percent more likely to positively contribute to their families and communities.
We expect you’ll leave the day with many exciting strategies and ideas to support and sustain your own 21st CCLC program.
Following this day long professional development event, shorter trainings will be offered regionally to teach older students, 21st CCLC staff and volunteers to utilize the Cooperative Extension’s research-based curriculum and resources to lead high quality engaging programs for youth.