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Positive Youth Development Through 4-H Community Clubs

4-H Critical Elements – An Appropriately Structured Environment

Youth need established rules and norms regarding appropriate and non-appropriate behavior. They also need opportunities to discuss and modify boundaries when appropriate. Rules and guidelines make it easier for youth to understand what’s expected of them as well as how to conduct themselves appropriately and successfully.

The next 4-H critical element is that of - an appropriately structured environment. The premise here is that youth need to be provided with consistent messages about how to participate in programs and activities.

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 have not already done so include:

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