4-H Mentoring

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Join the 4-H Mentoring Program Today

Mentoring is a time-proven strategy that can help young people of all circumstances achieve their potential. Mentors are caring individuals who, along with parents or guardians, provide young people with support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement and a constructive example.

The 4-H Mentoring Program is a prevention program focused on providing youth with elements that are essential to their development. This program is available to youth ages 5 to 18. The goal of the 4-H Mentoring Program is to increase youth’s interpersonal competence, improve their academic performance and strengthen family relationships. This is accomplished by providing youth and their families one-to-one or group mentoring, community service learning opportunities, and Family Night Out. By uniting youth, families, screened and trained volunteers, the 4-H mentoring program will help youth reach their full potential.

Youth need not be enrolled in the 4-H club program in order to participate. The mentoring program is open to all youth.

Program Components:
  1. One-to-One Mentoring or Group Mentoring- mentees and mentors will have regular contact, via phone or activities. Activities will help foster a friendship between the two.
  2. Community Service learning opportunities
  3. Family Night Out-a night of having fun while learning and growing as a family

Program Goals:

  1. Improve academic performance
  2. Increase social competency, and
  3. Strengthen family bonds

8 Essential Elements

The 4-H Mentoring Program is designed around a research framework which embraces 8-core elements that will create an environment of positive outcomes for youth called the 5-C’s: competence, confidence, connection, character and caring. Each of the elements are vital to the growth and development of youth. It is the combination of these elements that create a positive environment for youth development. By intentionally including these elements, youth can participate experientially in activities and events, feel nurtured in a safe environment, master new skills and abilities, and are empowered to contribute to their environment and communities in a positive way. The 8 essential elements are:


1. A positive relationship with a caring adult
2. An inclusive environment
3. A safe emotional and physical environment


4. Opportunity for mastery
5. Engagement in Learning


6. Opportunity to see oneself as an active participant in the future
7. Opportunity for self determination


8. Opportunity to value and practice service for others

Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Glen Whipple, Director, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming 82071.

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