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ERIC Number: ED414135
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 8
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Hamsters?! What Does 4-H Stand for, Anyway?
Grundeen, Brenda
This paper briefly traces the history of 4-H youth development programs, explains what youth development is, and shows how the experiential learning model is used in 4-H. Begun over 75 years ago as a means of extending the learning of the land-grant university to rural youth, 4-H is part of the Cooperative Extension Service. The curriculum includes research-based information put into a hands-on format and used by adults and older youth to teach life skills to other youth. The targeted audience includes all youth aged 5-19, their families, and other adult community members. As a youth development organization, 4-H helps boys and girls to build life skills and develop their capacities in positive ways. Sometimes classified as nonformal education, youth development is an organized, systematic approach that happens outside of regular school. Prominent characteristics are voluntary participation of youth and adults, organizational goals related to local agenda, recognition of achievement and growth, and experiential teaching of life skills. The 4-H experiential learning model includes five steps: experience the activity (do it), share the results, analyze and reflect on the experience, generalize to the real world, and apply what was learned to another situation. The healthy development of youth involves eight key components, which also enhance learning experiences. These components are physical and emotional safety, belonging and ownership, self-esteem, self-discovery, quality relationships with peers and adults, values formation and clarification, accomplishment and success, and capacity to enjoy life. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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