National Research Findings

The Tufts University found that access to high-quality, structured, out-of-school programs such as 4-H—when combined with sustained adult interaction and mentoring—benefits both the youth and their communities.

Not only are young people who participate in these programs more likely to exhibit positive behaviors, they are less likely to engage in risk behaviors such as underage drinking, smoking and bullying. Volunteers are critical to providing youth with positive opportunities, such as 4-H, to make a difference in their lives.

4-H Research Database

AgNIC Youth Development

For research relating to youth, youth development for 4-H and other agriculturally oriented youth programs, visit the AgNIC Web site. Included in the searchable database are 4,500 research studies dating back to 1911 and representing 130 institutions worldwide. State, national and experiment station studies and graduate studies with many abstracts are also included.