4-H youth development: The past, the present, and the future

Lynne M Borden, Daniel F. Perkins, Kyle Hawkey

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The 4-H Program within Cooperative Extension is more than 100 years old. As we celebrate 100 years of Cooperative Extension, the foundation built by the 4-H Program serves as grounds to meet the needs of today's youth. The diversity of the youth who participate continues to grow, families continue to become less traditional, potential volunteers' time continues to shrink, and the growing number of digital devices steal time. These changes demand 4-H adapt and innovate to remain relevant. This commentary examines the role that 4-H Youth Development will play in the next 100 years to face these challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4COM1
JournalJournal of Extension
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2014


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