Helping Youth Thrive Training Curriculum
Part One: 4-H as a Developmental Context for Youth
Part One of the curriculum contains three modules with activities designed to introduce each concept of the Developmental Context of the 4-H Thriving Model. The purpose of this curriculum is to provide 4-H professionals volunteers with an in-depth understanding of the concepts of the 4-H Thriving Model. We believe it is important for 4-H educators to understand the model well before they teach it to others. Inherent in all modules is a community of practice design that helps educators and volunteers develop an application plan.
Each module is developed using guided inquiry embedded in an experiential learning framework. Modules include:
- Background information on the model element (e.g. sparks, developmental relationships, growth mindset, hopeful purpose, etc.)
- Identification of PRKC and VRKC competencies
- Learning objectives
- A list of materials needed and recommended time
- Key concepts and vocabulary definitions
- Highlights emphasizing attention and action related to diversity, equity, and inclusion are embedded in each module
- Detailed directions for facilitating learning activities using the experiential learning steps “do, reflect, and apply”
- Follow up Community of Practice (CoP) meeting to reflect on individual application plans with support from their peers
This process of curriculum development, including a contractual agreement with Search Institute for material used in the Sparks and Developmental Relationships modules, has been deliberate and careful to ensure that the highest quality curriculum is produced.