Welcome To Warrick County's
Tip of The Month
The ability to influence and support others in a positive manner for a common goal is one definition of a set of leadership skills. These skills and attitudes are ones that can be developed and used to influence the actions of others.
Youth leadership development programs, like 4-H, incorporate not only instruction, but also action. Youth are engaged in collaborative actions with a set of goals or outcomes in mind.
A positive youth development leadership program includes some of the following components: collaborative experiences, personal character development, mentoring, role modeling, cultural and citizenship experiences, communication, management, group leadership, formal education, and other significant life experiences.
- How are we doing in 4-H with creating these leadership experiences for our youth? Here are some tips that can further enhance 4-H members' leadership:
1. Treat youth as individuals; recognize their gifts, talents, knowledge, and skills.
- 2. Don't expect more from a youth than you would from another adult.
- 3. Be careful about interrupting youth.
- 4. Cultivate many opportunities for youth to lead and teach.
- 5. Reward and celebrate each creative effort and contribution by a young person.
- 6. Slow down! Working too fast in a you-adult partnership may be viewed as trying to control a group's actions.
Source: VRKC: Volunteer Research Knowledge competency Taxonomy
For more information contact your local Extension Office.
4-H Youth Development
Purdue Extension - Warrick County
107 W. Locust, Suite 111
Boonville, IN 47601