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The Value of Teen Leadership



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Tonya T. Price, Associate Professor and Virginia Cooperative Extension Specialist, 4-H; Bethany Eigel, Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent, 4-H, Chesterfield County; Sarah Pratt, Virginia Cooperative Extension Associate Agent, 4-H, Giles County; Hannah Robbins, Virginia Cooperative Extension Associate Agent, 4-H, Dinwiddie County; and Marie Rothwell, Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent, Augusta County (first published July 2018, last reviewed January 2024)

This publication is available in an enhanced digital version and PDF.

During the summer months of 2017, a team of Virginia 4-H extension agents and a 4-H extension specialist surveyed currently active teens and their parents/guardians to gather insight on how they became involved in 4-H, what keeps them engaged in the program, what they have learned as a result of their participation, how they are utilizing what they have learned, and their familiarity with the variety of opportunities available to teen 4-H members. As a result, 233 teens and 388 parents/guardians responded to the survey, representing all four districts and 71 of our 106 counties and cities in Virginia. The age range of teen respondents was 13-19 years old. This publication highlights the key findings from the study.

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Publication Date

January 2, 2024