Life skills are an important component of 4-H Youth Development programs. The study reported addresses life skill development of 4-H members who are 5 to 8 years old (also known as 4-H Cloverbuds). The focus was to explore parents' perceptions of their child's life skills development, program benefits, and activities. Parents interviewed in this study viewed the 4-H Cloverbud program as influential in life skill development, particularly in the areas of social skills, learning to learn, and personal development (self-confidence, self-care, and self-direction). Parents also identified health and diversity as important areas. Implications for practice and future research are discussed.
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Ferrari, T. M., Hogue, C. A., & Scheer, S. D. (2004). Parents' Perceptions of Life Skills Development in the 4-H Cloverbud Program. The Journal of Extension, 42(3), Article 17. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol42/iss3/17