The Division of youth and 4-H (DY4-H) strengthens and promotes healthy youth development to give young people the capacity to act as responsible citizens and agents of community change.
During the 2017 ESRI International GIS Conference, National 4-H GIS/GPS Leadership Team members Amanda Huggins, Elizabeth Sutphin, and Austin Ramsey, from Eastern Tennessee, showcased 4-H GIS programs and mapping projects to the 16,000 GIS professionals and educators from over 100 countries who attended the conference. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.
4-H youth development is an integral and essential part of the total Cooperative Extension System’s educational program.
Just as 4-H experience should include components that support the “head, heart, and hands” of youth, all 4-H experiences should also include aspects that promote health. 4-H Healthy Living is a national initiative to promote ways to make a child’s experience in the program optimal, which includes social, emotional and physical supports. This checklist includes: physical health, emotional health, social health, injury prevention and risk reduction, policies, and training.
The goal of 4-H Health and Well-Being programming is to provide developmentally appropriate learning opportunities that promote positive health and well-being for youth and their families. 4-H National Headquarters actively contributes to this goal and provides key programmatic resources.
4‑H Civic Engagement programs empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world.
Providing developmentally appropriate learning opportunities that promote optimal physical, social, and emotional well-being for youth and their families is critical to reversing the rising issues of obesity, diabetes, and other childhood diseases and issues that plague our country. This series of fact sheets provide a context for 4-H's work in healthy living.