This article examined the relationships between 4-H volunteer leader competencies and skills youth learn in 4-H. Using a descriptive-correlational research, the study reported found significant relationships between leadership competencies and skills youth learn in 4-H. Regression analysis revealed that two variables—skills and belonging—explained 28.1% of the variance in youth life skills, suggesting that when volunteer leaders make kids feel welcome and important to the 4-H program and demonstrate importance of life skills, then youth learn life skills relative to communications, decision making, goal setting, and relationship building.
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Radhakrishna, R., & Ewing, J. C. (2011). Relationships Between 4-H Volunteer Leader Competencies and Skills Youth Learn in 4-H Programs. The Journal of Extension, 49(4), Article 17. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol49/iss4/17