Risk management has been an especially important topic in the 4-H youth development program over the past 15 years. Traditional programs face challenges as risks are identified and new programs are under increased scrutiny to ensure that youth and volunteers are in a safe environment. 4-H PetPALS serves as an example of a program designed and implemented with risk management strategies incorporated throughout the process. In this article we describe the risks associated with this type of program and the management strategies that must be considered and implemented in order to ensure that a positive learning environment is achieved.
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Miller, L., & Schmiesing, R. J. (2008). Youth Program Risk Management: A Case Study of the 4-H PetPALS Program. The Journal of Extension, 46(5), Article 7. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol46/iss5/7