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Arkansas 4-H and youth development

October 3, 2014

Here’s a great idea

October is National 4-H Month. Preeminent youth development scholar, Dr. Richard Lerner, led a team of researchers to conduct The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development. He states:

“The results to date of the 4-H Study provide strong evidence that when the strengths of youth are aligned with the resources for healthy development that are found in families, schools, and communities, youth thrive.”

In other words

4-H helps youth excel.  The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development revealed that 4-H members were more civically active, made better grades, and were more likely to pursue future education than other youth. The structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring play a vital role in helping young people achieve future life successes. For more than 133,000 Arkansas youth, 4-H is filled with fun learning experiences and lifelong friendships.

How this applies to you

Encourage your child to join 4-H. 4-H is based on experiential learning—learning by doing—and has been a part of the University of Arkansas’ Cooperative Extension Service for more than 100 years. 4-H is offered in all 75 counties across the state with community clubs, camps, school programs, military kids’ clubs, after-school programs and more. Visit the 4-H website at

To find out more

Contact your County Extension Office to find out about 4-H in your local area.  For a directory of county offices go to:

Read the report of The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development by Richard M. Lerner, Jacqueline V. Lerner, and Colleagues at:

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