4H Helps Young People Excel

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The structured learning, encouragement, and adult mentoring that young people receive through their participation in 4-H play important vital roles in helping them achieve future life successes.

For nearly a decade, preeminent youth development scholar, Dr. Richard Lerner, and the team at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, have been working with faculty at land-grant universities to conduct the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development.

The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development is a longitudinal study that began in 2002, and continues today, surveying more than 6,400 adolescents from diverse backgrounds across 34 U.S. states. The study is made possible by the contributions of our nation’s land-grant universities and National 4-H Council.

This in-depth study has discovered that, when compared to other youth, young people involved in 4-H have higher educational achievement and motivation for future education and make more healthy choices than their peers who aren’t involved in 4-H.

To read more specifics from the study, check out this link from National 4-H Council:


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Photo of Peggie GarnerPeggie GarnerCounty Extension Director (910) 455-5873 peggie_garner@ncsu.eduOnslow County, North Carolina
Posted on Sep 11, 2012
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