A University of Idaho study shows youth who participated in 4-H are significantly better at avoiding risky life style choices. Creative programs that keep teens involved in 4-H encourage individuals to have a positive self-identity and give them the confidence to become positive role models for younger children. Teen exchange programs in 4-H are a great opportunity to experience life in a different part of the nation or even the world and keep teens involved in 4-H. Teens who become involved in the Minidoka County 4-H Teen Association continue to be active members until they graduate from high school.
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Gillespie, D. R. (2006). Keeping Teens Involved Through State 4-H Exchanges. The Journal of Extension, 44(4), Article 26. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol44/iss4/26