The 4-H Challenge program uses the Life Skills Evaluation System, developed by Washington State University to evaluate our programs. It has been proven to be effective in measuring student growth through a series of quantifiable pre and post questions, which ask students to reflect on their behavior and how it has changed after participation in the program. Our quantitative data shows that 80% of participants demonstrated growth in Decision Making, Communication, Leadership, Self-Responsibility, Teamwork, and Problem-Solving skills. But what’s even more powerful than the research and data is what participants have shared with us.
In their own words…
According to his case director, since participating in the Challenge Program Juan, a 7th grader from Children’s Home Society, has expressed a greater desire to improve his grades and curb his behavioral problems, and regularly talks about wanting to go back to the Challenge Course.
6th grade teacher, Shannon Fouler, expressed amazement as she observed Maria, a hard working but very shy Hispanic girl, repeatedly step into major leadership roles throughout their day on the low challenge course.
A high school student in the 4-H Forestry Ed. program, summed up her challenge course experience saying, “I have learned a lot about teamwork, respect and about my body. I did things I thought we would not be able to achieve, made great friends in just days and learned that I was capable of so much more than I ever thought before. I did not expect to be called a good leader. It made me feel so good about myself and really helped my self-image. I would recommend this program to everyone. It was incredible.”
For more information about Life Skills and our Evaluation System, please visit the Life Skills Evaluation System website.