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4-H Youth Development

Ages & Stages, Cultural Edition

Cultural identity development is defined as how youth navigate cultural differences and commonalities within themselves and others while creating a healthy sense of cultural self-esteem. An understanding of ages and stages and cultural identity development will help participants think about each child’s strengths, resources and challenges; and how they can best help youth through educational programming. Remember, 4-H club or project group members will develop at their own pace, but there are some characteristics that each age or cultural group may share. Cultural identity is an important part of every 4-H participant and embracing it will strengthen the 4-H Program. Youth learn by example. Therefore, if the staff and volunteers show an interest in and respect for all members, youth will follow suit. And, perhaps more importantly, youth will learn to value the cultural identity of themselves and others.

Ages and Stages