4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
4-H Youth Development Program

4-H Framework

Best practices in youth development

4-H programs incorporate the best practices in the study of youth development in order to fulfill our Vision: To develop healthy, happy, thriving people who make a positive difference in their communities.

UC 4-H Youth Development Program Framework - English (PDF)

UC 4-H Youth Development Program Framework - Español (PDF)


Positive Youth Development

Positive youth development experiences help youth to envision and work towards their full potential.

Youth-Adult Partnerships

Youth-adult partnerships engage both members and volunteers in equal learning experiences.


Learning Environment

We strive to create an atmosphere where youth are able to explore knowledge, share ideas, grow skills, and find their passion. Research shows that when youth are engaged and self-direct their own learning, their learning is optimized.

Experiential Learning

Using a proven experiential learning model creates an educational climate for learning through exploring, doing, and receiving feedback.

Project-Based Learning

Through project-based learning, 4-H members gain valuable experience while finding and nurturing their "spark".

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