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October 23, 2014
LITTLE ROCK -- More than 130,000 youth in Arkansas are more likely to have better
grades, be active in civic life and pursue higher levels of education, thanks to the
4-H youth development program, said Laura Connerly, assistant professor-University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
A study titled “The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development,” found that the structured
earning, encouragement and adult mentoring that the 4-H program embodies play a vital
role in helping youngsters achieve success into adulthood.
Richard Lerner’s comprehensive study was conducted in 2002 and repeated annual over
eight years. It covered more than 7,000 youth in 42 states. Lerner is director the
Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts.
“4-H is an Arkansas tradition dating back more than 100 years,” Connerly said.
“It’s based on experiential learning – learning by doing - the program is part of
the University of Arkansas’ Cooperative Extension Service,” she said. On top of all
the excellent outcomes, “4-H is filled with fun learning experiences and lifelong
4-H is offered in all 75 counties across the state with community clubs, camps, school
programs, military kids’ clubs, after-school programs and more. Visit the 4-H website
at Arkansas 4-H.
Read the report of The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development by Richard M. Lerner, Jacqueline
V. Lerner, and Colleagues.
To learn more about 4-H contact your county extension office or visit it online at
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,
religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any
other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
By Mary HightowerCooperative Extension ServiceU of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com