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SPIN Volunteer Quick Guide to PYD



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Jeremy Johnson, Associate Specialist for Volunteer Development for Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech

 4-H is built on a foundation of Positive Youth Development (PYD).

Positive youth development helps young people become competent, confident, connected, caring people of character.

4-H helps young people develop leadership skills and a sense of responsibility. Through 4-H, they gain confidence and skills. 4-H prepares them for their future.

That kind of impact doesn’t happen by chance. 4-H volunteers and programs work to provide elements of Positive Youth Development called BIG M. Young people need; 

  • Belonging
  • Independence
  • Generosity
  • Mastery

Young people want to feel like they belong. To develop a sense of Belonging, they need a safe emotional and physical environment. And they need a positive relationship with a caring adult. That’s where you come in as a SPIN volunteer.

Independence allows young people to dream of a bright future and have the confidence that they can make that happen. 

A spirit of Generosity allows youth to serve others and make their community a better place to live.

Mastery is especially important for SPIN clubs. Young people join SPIN clubs because they want to learn about a topic and develop new skills. SPIN volunteers help young people achieve Mastery.

BIG M is an important part of 4-H. It’s an important part of the work you will do as a SPIN volunteer.

Adapted with permission from University of Illinois Cooperative Extension
*18 U.S.C. 707

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Publication Date

September 1, 2022

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