How do We Know Youth are Thriving?
4-H relationships are about trust, mutual warmth, and respect. 4-H adults are safe and they are here to help. When youth and adults do 4-H work together and everyone grows from the experience, it is a developmental relationship. Thriving occurs when youth are growing from their associations, and using all they gain to add value to the world around them. Thriving relies on youth actively pursuing their sparks, supported by their environments (such as a 4-H program) and in developmental relationships that encourage this pursuit. Indicators that youth are on a thriving orientation include: