Essential Elements

The Four Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development


  • Do you have caring adults in your life that advise, guide and mentor you?
  • Do you feel like you belong to a group and others are positive and encouraging?
  • Do you feel safe from physical or emotional harm?


  • Are you learning new things and skills?
  • Do you have opportunities to practice new skills?
  • Are you able to find new resources and learn on your own?


  • Are you able to make your own decisions?
  • Do you set your goals and then work to reach them?
  • Do you see many choices for yourself in the future?


  • Are you able to teach others?
  • Are you giving back to members in your family, 4-H club, or community?
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