Innovation Grant Update

February 14, 2023

Patricia Whitener
4-H Natural Resources Program Leader

4-H Thrive Model
4-H Thrive Model

This past fall Greenville County 4-H agent, Patricia Whitener, received $25,000 through a competitive distribution of Extension Innovation funding to further the implementation and adoption of the 4-H Thrive model.  SC 4-H Agents from both Clemson University and South Carolina State participated in professional development training sessions held regionally across the state. The impact of initiative is widespread. Sessions were designed to increase 4-H professional and volunteer capacity for designing and implementing high quality 4-H programs that promote youth thriving. SC 4-H agents worked collaboratively to identify 4-H program capacity strengths and needs. Research demonstrates youth programs must be done well if they are to make a positive difference in the lives of youth. Long-term outcomes of quality Developmental Context (i.e., 4-H programs) are academic or vocational success, civic engagement, employ-ability and economic stability, happiness, and well-being. Monthly Thrive hour zoom sessions are ongoing through the Spring of 2023. An additional Thrive session will be held for new hires as SC 4-H continues to establish itself as the leading resource of quality youth development programs and practice.


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