- Author: Katherine E Heck
A new article in the Journal of Extension compares 4-H youth to other young people in six western states (MT, ID, UT, CO, NV, and NM). The comparison finds that youth in 4-H report having higher grades in school, lower levels of several risk behaviors (such as alcohol use, smoking, and sexual activity), and higher levels of positive responses to identity statements, such as "On the whole, I like myself." 4-H youth had higher levels of self-confidence and empowerment than non-4-H respondents. The report includes results by state.