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.
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:
- Identifying and nurturing their Spark
- Learning and practicing goal management skills
- Developing a growth mindset
- Developing youth self-reflection skills.
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.