An Introduction to the 4-H Thriving Model
From Mary Arnold
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How does 4-H work its magic with youth? In this video, Dr. Mary Arnold presents an overview of the 4-H Thriving Model, which describes the process of positive youth development (PYD) in 4-H programs. The model has three components: (1) Creating effective developmental contexts for youth; (2) promoting youth thriving; and (3) achieving PYD outcomes. Dr. Arnold explains the model’s background and purpose, and the testing that has been done on the model. Participants will learn how PYD is expressed in the social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral development of youth, also known as “thriving.” Dr. Arnold also shares how other 4-H frameworks, such as Targeting Life Skills and the Essential Elements are embedded in the 4-H Thriving model.