Published: January 6th, 2017

Category: spotlights, Why Our Work Matters

4‑H gives youth the opportunity to learn by doing, grow from failure and develop the skills they need to handle what life throws their way.  Read the article below and share it on your social networks if you agree; our work matters.


Youth Unprepared:

Too many of America’s youth are lacking the opportunities that prepare them to lead in life and career.

  • They are missing experiences that grow the life skills they need – like confidence, independence, resilience and compassion.
  • These include experiences where they have the freedom to learn by doing, grow from failure, express their ideas and use their influence to drive positive outcomes.

As a result, youth are saying that they feel unprepared to lead in life after school.

  • Half of all high school students report they are not prepared for life after high school – for college or career – and most are unsure about their career path when they graduate.

Adults also feel youth are not prepared to thrive after school: only 14 percent of Americans-and only 11 percent of business leaders – strongly agree college graduates have necessary skills for success.  More than one-third of employees globally reported talented shortages in 2014, citing lack of skills as the top reason.


The Solution:

Many young people need the kind of hands-on, youth development experiences that 4-H provides.  Experiences where they can learn by doing, grow from failure, express their ideas and use their influence to drive positive outcomes.

  • These experiences are proven to grow life skills – like confidence, independence, resilience and compassion – which are grown in stages and developed through experiences, not instruction.

Too many young people are not receiving these experiences, in school or out of school. Schools cannot do it alone.

  • The expectations of schools are greater than ever, but the resources are stagnant or declining in many states.
  • As an organization founded by educators, 4-H knows schools cannot do it alone.
  • Across the U.S., trained 4-H professionals and volunteers are partnering with schools to empower millions of young people through classroom enrichment and after-school programs.
  • But schools need us to do more. They need us to join forces – youth development organizations, corporate businesses, parents and government leaders – to bring experiences that support and enhance what is happening in the classroom.

In 4-H, this is what we do.  We collaborate with schools, businesses, and other community and youth development organizations to provide learn-by-doing experiences that are proven to grow life skills.

  • Experiences that empower young people to become true leaders – who have confidence; know how to work well with others; can endure through challenges; and will stick to a job until it gets done.

How you can help:

If you agree that the work being done by 4-H matters, you can continue to support our young people in Florida by sharing this article to your social networks and by visiting https://goo.gl/LppfEO​ to give to the program.

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