The article briefly describes the results of a study on the influence of 4-H and other youth development programs on the development of 36 life skills including critical thinking, goal setting, communication, decision-making and community service. Respondents (n=223) were high achieving 4-H alumni who participated it the Oklahoma 4-H Program between the years 1969 and 1998. Results suggest that while respondents credited 4-H with influencing the development of the majority of the identified life skills, other youth organizations were also identified as having some influence on the development in different life skills. Recommendations for 4-H programming are offered.
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Maass, S. E., Wilken, C. S., Jordan, J., & Culen, G. (2006). A Comparison of 4-H and Other Youth Development Organizations in the Development of Life Skills. The Journal of Extension, 44(5), Article 11. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol44/iss5/11