Video Introduction to PYD and the 4-H Thriving Model
This video introduces the science of PYD in 4-H, and the 4-H Thriving Model. The video explains how PYD is not left to chance in 4-H, but rather accomplished by intentionally following the 4-H Thriving model to create high quality 4-H settings and promote youth thriving
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. Be sure to download and use the learning guide for this video.
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. Be sure to download and use the learning guide for this video.
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. Be sure to download and use the learning guide for this video.
Overview of The 4-H Thriving Model
The Science of Learning and Development
- Science of Learning and Development: Eight Key Findings
- The Science of Learning and Development and 4-H in Action (AIR Vignette)
Creating a High Quality Developmental Context
Promoting Youth Thriving (Social and Emotional Learning)
- Openness to Challenge and Discovery
- Hopeful Purpose
- Pro Social Orientation
- Transcendent awareness
- Positive Emotionality
- Goal Setting & Management
Helping Youth Thrive Through an Equity Lens Fact Sheets
The 4-H PLWG, Access, Equity, and Belonging Committee created a series of Fact Sheets to ensure the 4-H Thriving Model is explored and utilized through an equity lens. These sheets help educators understand the social conditions of various youth populations and the competencies required to meet their needs. The sheets provide great ideas for fostering belonging and engagement as well as information on making 4-H relevant to the particular youth population.