Authors as Published

Authored by Maurice D. Smith Jr., Assistant Professor and 4-H Youth Development Extension Specialist, College of Agriculture, Virginia State University; and Nicole Webster, Associate Professor of Youth and International Development and African Studies, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education, The Pennsylvania State University

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Civic engagement through 4-H helps empower young people to be well informed citizens who are engaged in their community and the world. Being involved in civic activities, youth can learn about community affairs, build decision-making skills, gain civic literacy skills and even gain confidence and understanding in order to make positive connections and relationships within their community. Participation in civic engagement can help youth address community issues while also enhancing educational and social skills. This fact-sheet resource can assist extension educators, volunteers, and teen leaders with implementing programs in urban areas that can bring attention to often forgotten or hard to reach communities where youth are in dire need of supportive programming.

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Publication Date

May 21, 2020