University of Maryland Extension

4-H Youth Development

Annual Report

4-H Youth Development:  

Youth, families and communities need access to community resources that offer high quality youth development experiences.  Maryland 4-H creates high quality youth development opportunities for culturally diverse audiences that embrace the essential elements of 4-H and contribute to positive youth development for all children and youth.  4-H provides a supportive setting for all youth to reach their fullest potential.  Youth learn beneficial cognitive and life skills through community-focused, research-based experiential educational programs. 4-H helps youth become competent, caring citizens. Maryland 4-H is committed to positive youth development programming that involves citizenship education, civic engagement, service learning for youth, youth-adult partnerships, volunteer development for teens and adults, and experiential leadership experiences for youth and adults.

Maryland youth, and the adults working with those youth, will demonstrate knowledge and skills in safe practices in the home and with their environments and in the health and life choices.  Youth in Maryland will increase or improve health through increased consumption of healthy foods and physical activity.  Maryland youth will be engaged in whole grains nutrition education programs and activities. Access and involvement in a variety of learning opportunities will result in: 1) increased physical activity; 2) increased consumption of healthful food; and, 3) improved health outcomes and reduced risk of chronic diseases over time. 4-H youth participants gain valuable knowledge and life skills related to their 4-H agriculture (animal and plant) project work and by continuing to increase agriculture awareness for all Maryland citizens at 4-H events, shows, fairs and other educational outlets. 4-H youth and families become more literate in concerns surrounding global hunger and its relationship with agriculture, understanding of food systems, and the relationship of agriculture, food, nutrition, and the economy.  

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