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 Thrive

Our vision in 4-H is to create healthy, happy, thriving people who make a positive difference in their communities.  So what is 4-H Thrive and how does it fit into what we do in 4-H?

4-H Thrive is our Approach to Positive Youth Development

Thriving is “a forward, purposeful motion towards achieving one’s full potential.”  In our view, thriving is based on achieving the optimum rather than on the avoidance of negative outcomes. And, at its core the relationship between caring adults and young people are critical to youth realizing their full potential or thriving.  

In 4-H we build communities by intentionally creating environments which research has proven to be both positive and successful in developing youth into healthy, thriving young adults.  Thriving focuses on building core youth development practices (from our framework) in all areas of 4-H.  This is best done through developing staff and adult volunteers’ knowledge and skills in the thriving principles

The youth development practices that promote thriving are: Safety, Relationship Building, Youth Engagement, Community Involvement and Skill Building.

For more information about Positive Youth Development click here.

4-H Thrive is a Skill Building & Personal Development Project

4-H offers opportunities for youth to realize their full potential through a series of age appropriate educational materials.  The series builds skills in 4-H members by:

The Leadership Development series is available to all 4-H members through the Leadership Project (primary through senior).  

To find out more about how to get involved during the 2015-2016 program year, click here.  

GO TO THE RESOURCE PAGE for the Thrive Leadership Series


Resources for Thriving Concepts:

UC Delivers Story: http://ucanr.edu/delivers/?impact=926&delivers=1

Lewis, K. M., Trzesniewski, K., Horrillo, S. J., Harris, L. S., & Miner, G. (2013). 4-H Thrive! Implementation of the Step-It-Up-2-Thrive Curriculum in 4-H 2010 - 2012. http://4h.ucanr.edu/files/191528.pdf

Heck, K.E., Subramaniam, A., Carlos, R. (2010) “The Step-It-Up-2-Thrive Theory of Change”. Found at: The Step-It-Up-2-Thrive Theory of Change

Thrive Foundation for Youth. (2010), www.stepitup2thrive.org

Benson, P.L. (2008) Sparks: How parents can help ignite the hidden strengths of teenagers. California: Jossey-Bass

Damon, W. (2008) The path to purpose. New York: Free Press

Lerner, R. (2007) The good teen. New York: Three Rivers Press

Dweck, C.S. (2006) Mindset: The new psychology of success. New York: Ballantine Books

Heck, K.E., & Subramaniam, A. "Youth Development Frameworks" found at: Youth Development Frameworks

Catalano, et al. (1998). "Positive Youth Development in the United States." Social Development Research Group University of Washington School of Social Work Seattle, Washington.

Zarrett and Lerner. (2008). "Ways to Promote The Positive Development of Children and Youth." (Child Trends: Research to Results Brief No. 11). Washington, D.C.

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