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

Civic Engagement and Service Learning

*The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, 2013.
*The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, 2013.
4 H civic engagement programs empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world.

Members learn skills in leadership, empathy, communication, and organization while expanding their role in decision-making processes. 

Focus Areas of 4-H Civic Engagement

Community engagement

  • Youth voice
  • Informed decision making
  • Civic responsibility
  • Global engagement
  • Social justice

Service

Civic education

  • Government principles, processes and structures
  • History and cultural heritage
  • Global context
  • Personal roles and responsibilities

Personal development

  • Leadership
  • Character
  • Mutual respect and understanding
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Intercultural competence and communication
  • Civility

See the USDA definition of Civic Engagement in 4-H (PDF)

Civic Engagement Events

California Focus takes 4-H'ers on a journey through their state's government. Witness California’s government in action by participating in the legislative, political, and judicial processes.
Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) an educational conference offered at the National 4-H Center near Washington, D.C, gives youth the opportunity to explore, develop, and refine the civic engagement skills they need in order to become outstanding leaders.
Leadership Washington Focus (LWF), a precursor to CWF, is a 4-H leadership program for youth entering grades 7 through 9. Participants are immersed in the culture and history of our nation through on-site workshops at D.C.’s most spectacular sights.

 

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