4-H & Positive Youth Development
Positive youth development programs engage youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances youth's strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths.
Positive Youth Development
Positive youth development expertise and resources are available in research and evaluation, professional development, and learning and engagement. Positive youth development tools are available for various subject matter, audiences (youth, adult, vulnerable populations – rural, at-risk, military, etc.) and all delivery methods (school-based, afterschool, clubs, camps, etc.).
4-H as the Program Model for Positive Youth Development
The 4-H Youth Development Program is the youth outreach program from the land-grant institutions’ cooperative extension services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 4-H serves as a model program for the practice of positive youth development by creating positive learning experiences; positive relationships for and between youth and adults; positive, safe environments; and opportunities for positive risk taking.
4-H National Headquarters
4-H National Headquarters is housed in the Division of Youth and 4-H at NIFA. Additional support is provided to 4-H by National 4-H Council (a private, non-profit organization) and conducted through the land-grant university extension 4-H offices.
Program Specific Resources
- Science of Positive Youth Development.pdf (173.62 KB)
- National 4-H Strategic Plan 2017.pdf (2.72 MB)
- How 4-H is Implemented.pdf (38.8 KB)
- Org Chart.pdf (31.44 KB)
- 4-H Overview.pdf (217.9 KB)
- DY4-H Fact Sheet.pdf (35.05 KB)