4-H National Research Findings

  • 4-H Alumni Study

A national 4-H alumni study found that 4-H, more than any other youth organization, helped young people develop public speaking and presentation skills. 4-H alumni were also identified as more actively involved in their communities as adults.

  • National Research Findings

The Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development 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.