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The structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that young people receive through their participation in 4-H plays a vital role 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 7,000 adolescents from diverse backgrounds across 44 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:
According to Wave 8 of the study, 4-H’ers – regardless of their background, socio-economic status, race, and gender – thrive through the health/safety education and experiences they receive through 4-H programming. In fact, young people in 4-H are:
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The advantages of 4-H participation also include higher educational achievement and higher motivation for future education. Young people in 4-H:
The study also finds that girls in 4-H are 2 times more likely to pursue science careers over their peers.
A notable trend of the study indicates that grade 11 4-H youth are 3.3 times more likely to actively contribute to their communities when compared with youth who do not participate in 4-H.
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