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The Pos­i­tive De­vel­op­ment of Youth: Com­pre­hen­sive Find­ings from the 4-H Study of Pos­i­tive Youth De­vel­op­ment.

That was the ti­tle of an Amer­i­can study which un­der­lined the long-term ben­e­fits peo­ple de­rive from the 4-H pro­gram.

The lon­gi­tu­di­nal study dis­cov­ered that the struc­tured out-of-school time learn­ing, lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ences, and adult men­tor­ing that young peo­ple re­ceive through their par­tic­i­pa­tion in 4-H play a vi­tal role in help­ing them achieve suc­cess.

Com­pared to their peers, the re­port shows that youth in­volved in 4-H pro­grams ex­cel in sev­eral ar­eas. 4-H'ers are about: - four times more likely to make con­tri­bu­tions to their com­mu­ni­ties; - two times more likely to be civi­cally ac­tive; - two times more likely to make health­ier choices; - two times more likely to par­tic­i­pate in science, en­gi­neer­ing and com­puter tech­nol­ogy pro­grams

dur­ing out-of-school time; - 4-H girls are two times more likely and nearly three times more likely to take part in science

pro­grams com­pared to girls in other out-of-school time ac­tiv­i­ties.

REAP­ING DIV­I­DENDS: The long-term ben­e­fits of par­tic­i­pat­ing in a 4-H club are well doc­u­mented.

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