Navajo County Cooperative Expansion Funds 4-H | news

The Navajo County Cooperative Extension invites you to learn more about 4-H.

The goal of 4-H is to develop youth citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills through experiential learning programs and a positive approach to youth development. Our county offers many different types of youth programs, ranging from traditional opportunities such as ranching and horse projects to non-traditional projects related to STEM. Of course, there are many other options, and others will be developed out of the interests of our youth.

Positive youth development is based on the belief that “under the guidance and support of caring adults, all youth can grow up healthy and happy and make positive contributions to their families, schools and communities” (, accessed November 2020). . ”Programs that use the PYD approach deliberately focus on“ developing cognitive, social, emotional, behavioral and moral attachment skills; Self-efficacy; prosocial behavior; a belief in the future; a clear and positive identity; and self-determination ”( Teens who participate in 4-H programs that provide a high quality development context will be successful, and successful teens are more likely to achieve important developmental outcomes.

Up-and-coming young people also show a willingness to try new things. Emphasis is placed on a positive growth mentality in which new learning about innate abilities is encouraged. Aspiring youngsters show positive emotionality and hope. Value is placed on transcendent awareness and a pro-social orientation. Successful teens also focus on goal management and are able to set and manage goals related to the achievement of the goal. Indicators of successful youth can be demonstrated through achievement of developmental outcomes, including the following: academic achievement and motivation, people skills, high personal standards, contributing to others, connecting with others, and personal responsibility, according to Mary Arnold, author who created the Thriving Model at. was developed by Oregon State University. In these thinking models, the ability to set goals is an essential component of success. The results create a reliable mechanism to improve success and performance not only in adolescents but also in adults who volunteer in these programs.

To learn more about 4-H in Navajo County, including available programs and volunteer opportunities, contact Meghan Penrod at [email protected] or 928-242-0063.

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