Youth Engagement

For youth to realize the best potential outcomes, they must engage in their 4-H experience rather than simply “showing up.” The level of engagement is determined by the duration, intensity, and breadth of participation, rather than be participation alone.  Youth are considered to have higher levels of engagement when they spend more hours with their 4-H program, participating in a wider variety activities over a longer period of time.  High levels of youth engagement empowers the influence of a strong developmental context in helping achieve a thriving orientation.  Youth engagement is a significant moderator that influences the relationship between the developmental context (sparks, belonging, and relationships) and youth thriving.  Thus, youth engagement is said to be the element driving the thriving!

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