Why Youth Development

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.

Last updated August 14, 2017