Research on retention in the 4-H youth development program has consistently shown that one of the primary indicators for youths' dropping out of 4-H is being a first-year member. Extension 4-H professionals from California, Idaho, Wyoming, and New Jersey formed a team to study this issue. Our team surveyed first-year members and their parents/guardians to better understand why youths were not reenrolling in 4-H after their first year. This article introduces the survey used to assess the first-year experience and intent to reenroll. We discuss the survey development process, survey testing, lessons learned, and conclusions related to its future use.
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Lewis, K. M., Ewers, T., Miller, J. C., Bird, M., Borba, J., Hill, R. D., Rea-Keywood, J., Shelstad, N., & Trzesniewski, K. (2018). Addressing Retention in Youth Programs: A Survey for Understanding Families' Experiences. Journal of Extension, 56(3), Article 5. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol56/iss3/5