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4-H Youth Development

Teen Action and Growth - TAG

Organized curriculum with activities for teaching teens the fundamental skills for serving as a 4-H Teen Leader.

This material was developed to serve as a guide in helping Extension educators to implement a formalized training program for  4-H teen leaders.   The curriculum is intended to provide the fundamental knowledge and skills teens need to be effectively utilized at the local and county levels.

A leadership development course of this type can serve as a foundation for those counties desiring an organized Teen Leader club.  A 4-H Teen Leader club can be effective in recruiting, training and retaining teens.  A teen leaders project club should not take the place of a local club or distract from leadership opportunities at the local level.  It should enhance and expand local programming efforts.

Teens who understand their role perform more effectively and can carry out their responsibilities in a more efficient manner.  Teens need assistance in acquiring the knowledge and developing the skills that will help them carry out their jobs successfully at the local, county, district and state levels.

This material is designed to help young people understand the role of a leader, instill a sense of responsibility and develop life skills through participation in leadership developing activities.  Participants must be committed and involved in the learning experience so they have an opportunity to apply their leadership knowledge and skills through this formal training process.

Working with Teens

In a National Academy of Science (NAS) report on youth development, Eccles and Gootman (2002) reviewed the existing research on this topic and outlined features of youth programs that are associated with positive developmental outcomes. They found program environments that promote personal and social assets in youth provide physical and psychological safety; appropriate structure; supportive relationships; opportunities to belong; positive social norms; support for efficacy and mattering; opportunities for skill building; and integration of family, school, and community efforts (see Table 1). These features typically work together synergistically, with programs exhibiting more features having better developmental outcomes for youth (Eccles & Gootman, 2002).   Table continued on page 5.

Logical Consequences & Responsible Teens

A Part of Developing Progressive Disciple Styles with Your Teen.  By Patrick Day, Area Extension Specialist. Fact Sheet 04-66 University of Nevada Cooperative Extension  Summary of the Fact sheet.

Chapter I - Introduction to Leadership

  • Learning more about 4-H
  • Introduction to leadership
  • Working in groups

Chapter II - Leadership Experiences

  • Who is a Teen Leader?
  • Developing Youth-Adult Partnerships
  • Developing a Personal Leadership Plan
  • Parliamentary Procedure – “Just a few Basics”

Chapter III - Teaching Effectively

  • Understanding and using the 4-H Recognition Model
  • Creating an environment for learning
  • To learn teaching methods
  • To gain skills in program planning and development

Chapter IV - Growing in Leadership

  • To review leadership techniques
  • Understand Ages and Stages of Youth Development
  • Introduction to cultural sensitivity
  • Assessment of leadership skills
  • Evaluation of leadership experiences
  • Knowing when you are a good leader

Teen Resources and Reference Materials