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4-H Guiding Principles #5: Youth Develop Skills for Success

Michigan 4-H Youth Development uses the 4-H Guiding Principles to focus and drive the work we do with young people. We should consider them when we plan programs, prepare volunteers to work with young people, and interact with participants. While the 4-H Guiding Principles are specific to Michigan, they align with the National 4-H Essential Elements and with research in Positive Youth Development. They include:

• Youth develop positive relationships with adults and peers
• Youth are physically and emotionally safe
• Youth are actively engaged in their own development
• Youth are considered participants rather than recipients in the learning
• Youth develop skills that help them succeed
• Youth recognize, understand, and appreciate multiculturalism
• Youth grow and contribute as active citizens through service and leadership

This webinar series will focus on each 4-H Guiding Principle and how staff can learn to intentionally integrate them into programming and better prepare volunteers to utilize these practices with young people. A certificate of completion will be offered for those who view all seven webinars in the series. There is no cost to participate in these webinars.

For more information, please email Frank Cox and or Molly Frendo at

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