Positive Youth Development Research
4-H learning experiences are based on the principles and practices of positive youth development. Positive Youth Development (or PYD) views 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.