The Getting it Done 4-H program brings out the best in children, youth, and adults. Youth will learn about what it takes to be a really good leader. They will also learn about self and about what great things they can accomplish if they put their head, heart, hands, and health to work. This is embodied in the 4-H pledge “I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.”
The PURPOSE of 4-H is to provide learning experiences and opportunities for adolescents which will help them develop to their fullest potential. The Milwaukee 4–H youth development program acts as a guide for young people to reach maturation through experiential learning which is encouraged by Learning by Doing through multiple program opportunities.
4-H Youth Leadership program relies on the five steps of the experiential learning model to teach life skills (Experiencing, Reporting, Processing, Generalizing, and Applying). The sequential steps of the model help youth to identify what they learn from 4-H activities and to apply the learning to past experiences to develop that knowledge. The model requires that the youth leader be very clear about the targeted skills that the experience provides and the process that support the learning goals. The experiential learning process engages the learners in all phases of the activity, resulting in the ability to generalize the learning to new experiences as a developmental life-skills.
This happens through an ongoing growth process where young people (children, teens, adolescents) meet personal, social, and spiritual needs where they can feel valued, safe, cared for and supported in order to feel grounded, competent, and functional contributors to society.
The program is volunteer driven where adults from the community are provided with training to implement the 4-H youth development program to youth ages 10 and above.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT is a guide to “Getting it Done” action practices, a multifaceted experiential learning curriculum to teach and engage young leadership in a model to address complex real-life learning situations.
Youth Leadership in this model is a set of skills and attitudes that can be learned and developed through consistent practice that will help the youth influence the actions of self and others.
Youth Leadership Development model will equip youth to help themselves by transcending their own self-interest to helping others for the good of the group, family, community and society.
The Youth Leadership model is an interactive experiential learning curriculum designed to take youth through activities that will teach them life skill development.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
For Further Information:
Demetrius Brown Sr., Youth Development Educator
Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension Service
9501 W. Watertown Plank Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53223