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Youth Helping Their CommunityStrengthening Positive Youth Development Environments

"Positive youth development occurs from an intentional process that promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, choices, relationships, and the support necesary for youth to fully participate. Youth development occurs in families, peer groups, schools, neighborhoods and communites."

Smith, Allan T., (2002). 4-H Youth Development Facts in Brief.
USDA, Washington DC.

There are numerous research studies that show the importance of supportive communities in the positive development of young people. The biennial report of youth risk behavior shows that students who have supportive families and communities are better at avoiding activities that can trheaten their education and their future.
(WI DPI Youth Risk Behavior Survey)

Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development recognizes the role community members, youth, families, partents, schools, community organizations, elected officials, and all county residents play in creating a positive enfironment for young people. This site is designed to help Extension educators, communities, schools and families access resources and information to support young people in their community and county.

Strengthening Positive Youth Development Environments: Research-Based Frameworks for Extension Educators - This resource provides practical research, planning, assessment and practice tools on positive youth development for Extension educators and others working in community settings. The Framework includes presentations, resource guides, self-assessment tools, re-printable fact sheets for newsletters and training, and other tools.

PDF Learn More about the 4! (1.79 MB) This booklet is from the “Learn More about the 4! Overview of the Four Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development” workshop at 2007 North Central Region Volunteer Forum and the “Four Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development:  Learning and Applying to Your Youth Group” workshop at 2007 NAE4-HA Conference.