Youth-Adult Partnership programs connect 4-H youth development with community development.
- Recognize youth development is a key part of rebuilding communities, and that every member of a community has a part in creating a healthy community.
- View youths as assets to their communities as much as adults, and place youths in equal roles with adults in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs that shape their development, as well as the development of their communities.
- Create opportunities through 4-H for young people to learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills through shared leadership with adults and youth in community settings.
Youth-adult partnerships may involve youths and adults together in leadership development, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, community mapping, civic activism, and/or governance.
Engaging Youth, Serving Community Program
National 4-H Council has received funding from USDA/NIFA since 2002 to implement the Engaging Youth, Serving Community program. This focuses on priorities defined by the National Conversation on Youth Development in the 21st Century. The fourth and fifth phases of the grant are to develop leadership and life skills in youths in partnership with adults to improve their own lives and the communities.
- Youths will gain the life skills and experience needed to emerge as effective leaders and contributing members of society.
- Youths and adults will have more positive attitudes toward the roles of youth in communities.
- Youths and adults will improve their abilities to collaborate with diverse community members to identify local issues and develop strategies for addressing these issues.
- The establishment of forums and implementation of action plans will provide more opportunities for youths and families in rural communities for positive youth development experiences during out-of-school time.
Five participating community sites in the current EYSC grant are located in Boundary County, the Coeur d’Alene Reservation, Payette County, Gem County and Washington County.
Learn more about this program on the Rural Youth Development website
Youth Adult Partnership Contact Information
University of Idaho 4-H Youth Development