4-H Thriving Model Video Series

Positive Youth Development and the Science of Learning and Development

Defining PYD and why it works magic with youth

Did you know there is science behind the magic of 4-H? Research in the fields of positive youth development and the science of learning and development (SoLD) provides the body of evidence that undergirds why what we do in 4-H positively impacts youth development. In this video Dr. Mary Arnold presents three definitions of positive youth development (PYD) and explains how PYD research is translated into practice. Also covered are the recent findings from research in the science of learning and development (SoLD) that has expanded our understanding of how youth grow and develop, and the implications of SoLD for ensuring equity and opportunity for all youth in 4-H.

An Introduction to the 4-H Thriving Model

4-H Theory of Change – How 4-H works its magic with youth

How does 4-H work its magic with youth? In this video, Dr. Mary Arnold presents an overview of the 4-H Thriving Model, which describes the process of positive youth development (PYD) in 4-H programs. The model has three components: (1) Creating effective developmental contexts for youth; (2) promoting youth thriving; and (3) achieving PYD outcomes. Dr. Arnold explains the model’s background and purpose, and the testing that has been done on the model. Participants will learn how PYD is expressed in the social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral development of youth, also known as “thriving.” Dr. Arnold also shares how other 4-H frameworks, such as Targeting Life Skills and the Essential Elements are embedded in the 4-H Thriving model.

Informed by Science – Grounded in Practice

4-H Theory of Action – Practicing the magic of positive youth development in 4-H

How do we practice the magic the magic of 4-H? In this video, Dr. Mary Arnold highlights the important foundations for practice gleaned from the Science of Learning and Development (SoLD) and shares the SoLD Principles for Equitable Whole Child Design. Dr. Arnold then shows how these principles align with the 4-H Thriving Model, illustrating how 4-H programs put science into effective practice. The video then outlines six principles for 4-H programming