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  • 4-H Youth Development

    Positive Youth Development is the framework by which all 4-H programs are developed and delivered. You will find professional development opportunities and resources in the six domains of the research based Professional Research Knowledge and Competencies Taxonomy (PRKC): youth development; youth program development; volunteerism; equity, access, and opportunity; partnerships; and organizational systems.


    PRKC Taxonomy Materials


    Positive Youth Development

    Understanding how young people learn and grow utilizing this knowledge to create environments that help youth reach their full potential.

    Equity, Access & Opportunity

    Interacting effectively and equitably with diverse individuals and building long-term relationships with diverse communities. 4-H National Headquarters at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture within USDA leads a Vulnerable Populations Program. This initiative supports youth populations that comprise a large growing percentage of our country’s young people who disproportionately contend with conditions that often compromise their healthy development.


    Youth-adult partnerships and Youth Action assessment and readiness, continuum of youth engagement, creating partnerships, building and maintaining partnerships.
    Youth-Adult Partnerships