Recently, a new program model for describing and predicting the impact of 4-H on youths was proposed. The model's structure was confirmed statistically in preliminary testing. However, youth voice had not been included in the development of the model. This article describes a study intended to assess the alignment of the six thriving indicators presented in the model with the lived experience of youths. Results revealed alignment between youths' experience and the thriving indicators. Youths affirmed thriving as an accurate way to describe their 4-H experience and provided examples of how the thriving indicators match their experience.
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Arnold, M. E., & Gandy, J. (2019). Youth Participatory Evaluation: Matching 4-H Youth Experience to Program Theory. The Journal of Extension, 57(4), Article 11. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.57.04.11