For over a decade researchers at the Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, have concluded groundbreaking research involving youth involved in 4H.
In the final report, The Positive Development of Youth Comprehensive Findings from the 4H Study of Positive Youth Development, that youth involved in 4H programs excel beyond their peers.
In the following categories those involved in a 4H program show marked improvements:
Contribution and Civic Engagement; In grades 7 - 12 the study supports that those in 4H are nearly four times more likely to make contributions to their communities. For grades 8-12, they are two times more likely to be civically active.
Academic Achievement; Young people in 4H are two times more likely to participate in science, engineering and computer technology programs during out-of-school time for grades 10-12. As sophomores, girls are two times more likely to participate in science and seniors are three times more likely, both with after school programs.
Healthy Living; the report shows that students in the seventh grade are two times more likely to make healthier choices, if involved in 4H.
It is the power of positive youth development that is helping families, schools, communities and youth programs develop strategies to support children and adolescents. With programs like 4H researchers see three important development areas; Positive and sustained relationships between youth and adults; activities that build important life skills; and opportunities for youth to use these skills as participants and leaders in valued community activities.
To learn more about 4H in Pacific County make a quick search on the internet there are several links to more information.