In this thought leader commentary, we review the potential devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people, including trauma, impacts on mental health, socioemotional distress, and changes in academic learning. Stating that 4-H is uniquely positioned to mitigate these effects through intentional positive youth development efforts, we present a call to action for 4-H educators and Extension administrators as we move from initial reaction to recovery and beyond. We recommend four research-based strategies to ensure that youths not only survive, but thrive, in this time like no other.
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Arnold, M. E., & Rennekamp, R. A. (2020). A Time Like No Other: 4-H Youth Development and COVID-19. The Journal of Extension, 58(3), Article 32. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.58.03.32