There is a need for Extension program/policy developers to better understand the role of youth in the community development process. While often seen as suited only for 4-H programs, youth can significantly contribute to a variety of Extension activities. Through active engagement, youth can take on ownership and become lifelong contributors to local well-being. This mixed-methods research reflects data from a survey of 418 Florida youth and 12 in-depth key informant interviews. The findings provide insights into the factors most directly shaping youth attitudes and involvement in their communities. From these, implications for applied use in Extension programs are presented.
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Brennan, M., Barnett, R. V., & Baugh, E. (2007). Youth Involvement in Community Development: Implications and Possibilities for Extension. The Journal of Extension, 45(4), Article 5. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol45/iss4/5