The 4-H PetPALS Juvenile Diversion Program provides a partnership opportunity with Extension and the juvenile court system to positively impact lives of at-risk youth. At-risk youth are taught by 4-H PetPALS adult volunteer leaders and 4-H PetPALS members to value and respect the human-animal bond, as well as to understand and empathize with senior adults who require skilled nursing care. At-risk youth interact with youth exhibiting positive behaviors, pets that are predictable and inspire confidence in whom they visit, and senior citizens who crave interaction with young people, making a rewarding experience for everyone involved in this program.
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Goble, C. L., & Miller, L. B. (2014). 4-H PetPALS Juvenile Diversion Program Supports At-Risk Youth and Seniors. The Journal of Extension, 52(2), Article 11. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.52.02.11