The 4-H Youth Development Program strives to empower youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults. To identify the impact that the 4-H Program is making in the lives of youth ages 5-19, various research studies have been conducted across Nebraska and the nation.
4-H Youth Development Outcome Report
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 4-H Youth Development
The UNL Extension 4-H Youth Development Program works towards the outcomes of the Nebraska 4-H Strategic Plan. Each year, to measure the success of Nebraska 4-H in reaching these outcomes, more than 1,000 youth from across the state contribute their responses to a mixed methods study. The results and participant comments shared in these reports illustrate the impact Nebraska 4-H is making in the lives of young people.
The 4-H Youth Development Outcome Reports are available for the following program years:
Waves of the Future: The First Five Years of the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development
Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, Tufts University
The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development is a longitudinal study funded by the National 4-H Council. The study is led by Richard M. Lerner and Jacqueline V. Lerner at Tufts University. Researchers are using a longitudinal study so they can look at changes within the same group of children over time. Approximately 6,000 diverse adolescents are participating in the study. The adolescents have varying levels of involvement in community-based programs, including 4-H. Because it is a sequential longitudinal study, more youth are added each year in “waves.”