Essential Elements

The Four Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development

Graphics of a circle with the silhouette of a person in the middle.  The word Belonging is at the top of the circle and the word Health is at the bottom.  This represents the Health portion of the 4-H pledge.Belonging:

  • 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?

Graphics of a circle with the silhouette of a pair of hands in the middle.  The word Mastery is at the top of the circle and the word Hands is at the bottom.  This represents the Hands portion of the 4-H pledge.Mastery:

  • 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?

Graphics of a circle with the silhouette of a head in the middle. The word Independence is at the top of the circle and the word Head is at the bottom. This represents the Head portion of the 4-H pledge.Independence:

  • 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?

Graphics of a circle with the silhouette of a heart in the middle.  The word Generosity is at the top of the circle and the word Heart is at the bottom.  This represents the Heart portion of the 4-H pledge.Generosity:

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

 

 

 

 

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