You Don’t Have to Live on a Farm to Be Part of 4-H
Posted: December 10, 2015
A recent report, "The Positive Youth Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development" showed that 4-H members do excel beyond their peers in several areas.
- 4-H members are nearly 4 times more likely to make contributions to their communities.
- 4-H Youth are about 2 times more likely to be civically active.
- In the area of Academic Achievement, 4-H members are almost 2 times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering, and Computer Technology program during out-of-school time.
- In addition, girls in 4-H are 2 times more likely (grade 10) and nearly 3 times more likely (grade 12) to participate in science programs compared to other girls in out-of-school time activities.
- As society moves towards healthier life styles, this study showed that 4-H youth are 2 times more likely to make healthier choices.
- 4-H programs have a strong science project base.
In 1902 4-H began with farm families. But we have grown into so much more! 4-H projects are available for textile science, theatre arts, photography, food science, environmental science, health, shooting sports, citizenship, animal science, leadership, vet science and many more. The great part about the animal science projects is if you don’t have an animal you can still participate in the project to grow your knowledge!
This happens in youth programs, such as 4-H, by focusing on 3 important areas.
- First is the positive and continued relationship between youth and adults. 4-H volunteers are a critical piece of the success of 4-H club programming.
- Second, youth take part in activities that build important life skills such as citizenship, leadership, communication, and character building.
- The last area is that there are opportunities for youth to utilize these skills as participants and leaders in valued community activities.
Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other protected groups.
4-H members build lasting friendships and memories as a result of their 4-H experience. Youth have the chance to participate in regional, district, state and national 4-H opportunities.
To learn more about 4-H in Beaver County, contact Penn State Extension at 724-774-3003 or visit Penn State Extension, Beaver County on the web.