Why Positive Youth Development?

Positive Youth Development (PYD) is a approach that guides our 4-H Program to promote services, opportunities, and supports so that young people can develop to their full potential.

4-H empowers nearly 170,000 young people across New York with the skills to lead for a lifetime! Since the beginning of 4-H more than one hundred years ago, Extension has empowered young people to use their head, heart, hands, and health to reach their full potential.

The movement has grown from its roots engaging rural youth in hands-on agriculture projects to providing the essential elements of Positive Youth Development (PYD) to all youth. As a research-based organization, 4-H embraces the emerging research behind PYD approaches to youth programming.

The 6 C's of Positive Youth Development

Competence: Positive view of one’s actions in specific areas, including social and academic skills.

Confidence: An internal sense of overall positive self-worth and self-efficacy.

Connection: Positive bonds with people and institutions that are reflected in exchanges between the individual and their peers, family, school, and community and in which both parties contribute to the relationship.

Character: Respect for societal and cultural norms, possession of standards for correct behaviors, a sense of right and wrong (morality), and integrity.

Caring: A sense of sympathy and empathy for others.

Contribution: Contributions to self, family, community, and to the institutions of a civil society.

Understanding Positive Youth Development

Our 4-H Program works with research-based education that focus on improving the social and economic well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

"The longitudinal study discovered that the structured out-of-school time learning, leadership experiences, and adult mentoring that young people receive through their participation in 4-H plays a vital role in helping them achieve success."

Cornell Cooperative Extension Program works with Cornell University Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR) to improve our positive Youth Development Framework. The BCTR is part of the Center of Excelence that promotes the "ACT (Assets Coming Together) for Youth". See more details at: http://www.actforyouth.net/youth_development/devel...

Last updated November 2, 2017