Essential Elements of 4-H Youth Development Cathann Kress Director, Youth Development National 4-H Headquarters CSREES, USDA. Essential. Of, relating to or constituting essence; Basic, indispensable and necessary; a foundation without which an entire system or complex whole would collapse
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Essential Elements of 4-H Youth DevelopmentCathann KressDirector, Youth DevelopmentNational 4-H HeadquartersCSREES, USDA
To engage young people in the work of the Land-Grant University and USDA
A Cooperative Venture
Taking the University to youth
To teach knowledge and life skills which enhance quality of life
Learning by doing…
To create opportunities which promote positive youth development
Caring Relationships – Community Spirit
the contexts for youth
Developed by Cathann A. Kress, Ph.D.
Youth develop characteristics most of us relate to character...
Unmet needs can become defining factors in the lives of youth...
Some youth retreat or give up on getting needs met...
The Circle of Meeting Youth Needs
Behavior or Characteristic Impacts Type of Response
Response - Increases Characteristic or Behavior