The Regional 4-H PYD Champion Network consists of up to two 4-H professionals from Land-Grant Universities (LGUs) across the five Extension Regions. Champions are chosen through a competitive application process for a three-year term. Champions work together in their Extension regions under the leadership of a national facilitator to advance the consistent use of the 4-H Thriving Model as the theory of positive youth development for 4-H. Regional networks focus primarily on capacity building efforts for 4-H professionals and volunteers, with a special focus on consistent orientation for onboarding new 4-H professionals.
The overall aim of the Regional 4-H PYD Network is to ensure consistency in understanding and describing the way that 4-H impacts the positive development of youth. This will be accomplished through PYD capacity building with 4-H professionals and volunteers, leading to improved PYD programming, and stronger and clearer program impact. Ultimately the aim of the regional 4-H PYD Champion network is to secure the position of 4-H the leader in positive youth development programming.
Regional 4-H PYD Champion Network Goals
- Build an accurate and consistent translation of the science of youth development into 4-H practice based on the 4-H Thriving Model, the science of learning and development and best practices identified in youth development literature.
- Increase 4-H professional and volunteer capacity for designing and implementing high quality 4-H programs that promote youth thriving.
- Work collaboratively within Extension regions to identify PYD capacity strengths and needs.
- Develop materials and resources to facilitate PYD capacity building with 4-H professionals and volunteers
For More Information:
Questions about the Regional 4-H PYD Champion Network can be directed to:
Maria Walker, Regional 4-H PYD Champion Network Facilitator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Mary Arnold, 4-H Thriving Model Task Force Chair at email@example.com