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Positive Youth Development Through 4-H Community Clubs

4-H Critical Elements – An Opportunity to Achieve Competency/Mastery Positive Youth Development Through 4-H Community Clubs

The third critical element in positive youth development is the opportunity to achieve competency/mastery. Mastery is the building of knowledge, skills and attitudes and then demonstrating their competent use in the manner of the proficient practitioner.

Youth will experience success by completing activities appropriate for their own developmental stage and learning style. Youth set goals and celebrate accomplishments. The development of mastery is a process acquired over time and improved with repetition.

4-H volunteers might consider the following questions: In our club…

Some practices the 4-H club may want to implement if they are not already in place include:

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