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Positive Youth Development Through 4-H Community Clubs

4-H Critical Elements – An Opportunity for Self-Determination

Self-determination is believing that one has some impact over life’s events rather than submitting passively to the will and whims of others. Young people must foster a personal sense of influence over their own lives, exercising their potential to become self-directing, autonomous adults.

The premise of the fifth critical element – that of taking advantage of the opportunity for self-determination – is that youth are encouraged to try new things and learn about themselves. As a result they discover and practice their individual interests and skills, test their independence, and take control of their lives.

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

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

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