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  • High Quality Positive Youth Development Programs

    4-H has a long history of helping youth "learn by doing". When youth are thoughtfully guided through the do-reflect-apply process, there is tremendous potential for positive youth development and growth.  4-H focuses on teaching new topics and life skills development. Trained 4-H volunteers facilitate the learning that occurs in nonformal settings like 4-H club meetings and activities.  The 4-H result is a fun fulfilling learning experience. 

    Programs of Distinction

    Programs of Distinction showcase and celebrate the scholarly standards and best practices in 4-H high quality positive youth development in local 4-H programs from across the nation. Programs pass a rigorous peer review process and meet evaluation criteria to receive this distinction. Visit the USDA for a complete listing of Programs of Distinction, and information including submission and evaluation guidelines.