Positive Youth Development Research


4-H learning experiences are based on the principles and practices of positive youth development. Positive Youth Development (or PYD) view​s young people as vital resources with assets and potentials to be developed rather than problems to be managed. 4-H strives to provide youth with opportunities to enhance their interests, skills, and abilities. PYD encompasses five main tenets known as the 5 C's: competence, confidence, connection, character, and caring. When youth are able to exercise the 5 C's, they are able to see themselves as positive contributors to their communities. The various types of involvement in 4-H (for example, club involvement, project completion, and attending camps and workshops) all allow youth to discover their potential.