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Essential Elements of Youth Development

Essential Elements of Youth Development

The information shared in Essential Elements provides specific guidance for volunteers who are leading 4-H clubs on one or more of the Essential Elements. These are considered necessary components of youth programs striving to create environments conducive to positive youth development. To dive deeper into the Essential Elements, check out our source material!


  • Positive relationship with a caring adult
  • An inclusive environment
  • A safe environment


  • Opportunity to see oneself as an active participant in the future
  • Opportunity for self-determination


  • Engagement in learning
  • Opportunity for mastery