4-H Challenge Outcomes/Impacts

Program Contact: Seth Wendzel, Experiential Education Coordinator
509-667-6540 • seth.wendzel@wsu.edu

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Outcomes/ Impacts 

Although, short term outcomes vary depending on the program, medium and long term outcomes are common throughout all of our programs.  Participation in the 4-H Challenge program will result in students with stronger social, emotional, and intellectual skills and who are better prepared for succeed in school, college and the workforce.  More specifically, participants will be able to:

  • Social Skills
    • Effectively (clearly and concisely) and openly communicate their thoughts, feelings and ideas with other.
    • Consistently practice active listening skills.
    • Appropriately offer feedback
    • Consistently demonstrate physical and emotional support
    • Appropriately recognize and appreciate differences and diversity
    • Appropriately resolve conflicts with their peers
    • Effectively organize and lead their team to achieve a common goal.
    • Establish an increased sense of connection to their community
    • Appropriately and compassionately put the group’s goals before one’s own goals
  • Emotional Skills
    • Consciously feel self-confident in their ability to be successful.
    • Frequently recognize and appreciate their own strengths and value as a human-being
    • Effectively recognize and manage stressful situations
    • Effectively work through their fears
    • Appropriately earn and demonstrate trust for each other
  • Intellectual Skills
    • Effectively make healthy decisions as both individuals and as a group.
    • Effectively and efficiently solve complex problems.
    • Consistently set meaningful and challenging goals
    • Efficiently make appropriate decisions as individuals and as a group.

As a result of developing stronger social, emotional and intellectual skills, the long term outcomes of the 4-H Challenge program include:

  • An increase in participants’ readiness to learn.
  • Increased residency protective factors among youth ages 10-21.
  • Decreased at-risk behaviors among youth ages 10-21.
    • A reduced tendency for truancy, violence, and poor academic performance.
    • A reduced likelihood to become causalities of gangs and other negative influences in our society.
  • An increased understanding and appreciation of issues surrounding natural resources management among youth ages 10-21.
  • Youth who are engaged in current, relevant civil/ social issues
  • Improved health and fitness of youth ages 10-21.

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