4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills as they work in partnership with caring adults. What does that mean? In 4-H we are committed to helping young people develop skills that will help them succeed. We want to empower all youth to reach their full potential.
The Alcorn State University Extension4-H Youth Development Program is designed to address the needs of limited-resource children and youth in Mississippi. This program offered will equip youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet their basic needs and teaches them to lead positive, productive lives and become contributing citizens. Participants gain the knowledge to set and achieve goals through activities that increase their self-esteem and their decision making skills. This program also helps to develops leadership skills, improves communication skills, and increases awareness of job requirements and opportunities.
4-H IS POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
In 4-H, youth “learn by doing” programs, events and activities that are designed to fit their needs at different ages. Through a variety of program 4-H gives children and teens opportunities to learn life skills, to practice them, and become confident in their ability to use them in the future. 4-H teaches young people how to meet their needs for belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity in positive ways.
More specifically, 4-H programming is built around Eight Essential Elements, sometimes also called the Eight Key Elements: