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Picture Perfect YOUth -- Intermediate Level

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Welcome to the Intermediate Level of Picture Perfect YOUth! Enjoy the journey of personal growth as you explore the personalIntermediate Manual Cover_March2018development project.  Let's get started!

Leader Guide -- Project leaders, teen leaders and parents are encouraged to print this manual.  This resource provides many ideas to help enhance the project.

Picture Perfect YOUth Intermediate Level Project Manual -- Print this manual for each member in the project group or if you plan to complete as an individual study project.

EVALUATION: Educators and volunteers are encouraged to use the Common Measures evaluation instrument to evaluate the Personal Development Project. Whether you are teaching Picture Perfect YOUth, Heritage Scrapbooking or Scrapbooking, this instrument will work!  Click HERE to access the Evaluation website.

Tips on Using The Project Manual

  • Manuals are divided into four sections centered around the four H's -- Head, Heart, Hands and Health.
  • Some lessons have a section called "Developing the Picture" which is information about fair projects.  Be sure to review this information and the activity associated with the fair project. Look for the blue ribbon! 
  • Every lesson has a section called "Panoramic View." This information includes links to videos, websites or suggested activities youth can do to learn more about the topic covered in the lesson. Some suggestions are great leadership and citizenship opportunities youth can do in the area of personal development to help them grow their project work.  Those items in the "Panoramic View" section are provided below to make it easier to access the links.


Check out the extended activity links and project activities
below for each lesson in the Intermediate Project Manual.

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Head:  Managing and Thinking Lessons


Goal Setting Tree

  • Athletes are great at setting goals. Check out these videos by Classroom Champions to learn more about goal setting.
  • Read a book for teens on goal setting and other topics. Visit your local library,k download or purchase from a bookstore.  Some title to look for include:
    • Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex and Brett Harris
    • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
    • The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make by Sean Covey
    • Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
    • The Code: The Five Secrets of Teen Success by Mawi Asgedom
    • The Success Principles for Teens by Jack Canfield
    • What Color Is Your Parachute for Teens by Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles

Study Skills for Success

Solutions for Problem Solving

  • Can You Solve The Bridge Riddle? This is a video created by Alex Gendler.  See if you can solve the problem.
  • Can You Solve The Prisoner Hat Riddle? This is another video created by Alex Gendler for you to solve.
  • The Wilderdom Store is a website where many games are posted.  Find one on the website and lead a group a friends or your 4-H club in solving the problem.  This is a good way to practice your leadership and problem solving skills.
  • The Humor that Works website provides problem solving activities to challenge creativity.  Try these fun activities to help you think creatively and practice problem solving.

Using Money Wisely

  • Try the Quiz to test your knowledge of money related questions.
  • Keeping a Money Diary is a good way to learn money management. This website provides information to help you track your income and expenses in a different way.
  • It's not too early to think about how you will pay for college! Check out the links on this website to learn more about college.
  • There are different ways to give to others. Explore this website to find out how to give without spending any money.


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eart: Relating and Caring Lessons



Did You Hear What I Said?

More Than Me

  • Read the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. Think about how others did show or could have shown empathy to Alexander.
  • Write a thank you letter or card to someone who has shown compassion to you. Describe how you felt and why his or her kindness was so important to you.
  • Watch the Sesame Street segment explaining empathy.
  • Watch the CBS This Morning segment about 1st graders who sent empathy notes to a Vikings football player.

The People In Our Lives

  • Research older adults and discover contributions they mad to society during their later years. Examples to get you started include U.S. Presidents, Albert Einstein, Laura Ingalls Wilder,  Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa.
  • Read the story of Elizabeth Layton to learn about her life and talent.
  • Celebrate Intergenerational Month in September. Check this website for great ideas.


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ds: Giving and Working Lessons

Teamwork: It's How You Look At It

Modeling Leadership

  • Leadership Lessons from the Dancing Guy -- This video would be a good resource to show during the discussion of the Group Activity: The Model of Leadership.
  • Practice your leadership skills by leading a group in a teambuilding activity. Do a search on the internet to find an activity.
  • Expand on the Leadership Banner activity and create a display to showcase your leadership skills, leadership opportunities and more. Exhibit the display at your county fair, school or other events.
  • Read the article from Harvard Business Review called Leadership Lessons from 10 Wildly Successful People. Look for qualities you admire in a leader.

Targeting Citizenship

  • Symbols of Citizenship Memory Match Game -- This activity on page 63 of the Intermediate manual references additional information about each symbol of citizenship.  Click here to access the page.
  • What Does It Mean to be a Citizen? View this video by Points of Light on being a citizen.
  • Bet You Didn't Know: Independence Day is a video posted on the website. This is a good overview of the history of Independence Day.
  • Jefferson Writes the Declaration of Independence video is posted on This video would be good to watch after playing the game, Symbols of Citizenship Memory Match.
  • 2014 US Citizenship Naturalization Test -- this video is a practice test individuals can use to study for the US Citizenship Test. The answer in full is provided on each question. Some questions may state "name one..." but there are four possible answers which will be provided.



Health: Living and Being Lessons


Success Begins with Me

  • Make a list of famous people you admire. Choose one from your list to research on the web to find positive articles or information to back up the reasons you admire them.
  • Find a quote about responsibility you like. Create a poster with the quote and place it in your room where you can be reminded of it daily.
  • Explore the blog, Youth Frontiers Character Movement, to learn more about character, morals, responsibility and more. Look at the list of "tags" on the right side and choose words like courage, character and respect.
  • Develop an educational display promoting a leadership opportunity you have had in 4-H. Showcase life skills you used to carry out your leadership duties. Incorporate pictures of you demonstrating your leadership.

I.D. Good Character

  • Review the list of character traits in the handout. Put a check mark beside positive character traits that help you to be a person of good character. Put an X next to character traits that are negative.
  • View the video showcasing kindness. How can you show kindness to others and spread it?
  • Sequoia Middle School developed a video on the Six Pillars of Character. View it and think about ways you can promote the pillars.
  • This video called Got Character showcases movie clips demonstrating character traits.

Living Under Pressure

Cyber Space: Keep It Safe