Regional 4-H PYD Champion Network

Extended 4-H PYD Champion Application Opportunity through January 15, 2022!

There is still time to apply! Click here for more information

About the 4-H PYD Regional Network

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.

Regional 4-H PYD Champion Network Aim

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

  1. 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.
  2. Increase 4-H professional and volunteer capacity for designing and implementing high quality 4-H programs that promote youth thriving.
  3. Work collaboratively within Extension regions to identify PYD capacity strengths and needs.
  4. Develop materials and resources to facilitate PYD capacity building with 4-H professionals and volunteers

Click here to see a list of the current 4-H PYD Champions

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:

Dr. Mary Arnold, 4-H Thriving Model Task Force Chair at