4-H focuses on developing skills that will assist youth grow as they become adults. We refer to these basic competencies as life skills because they are the skills needed by every individual to function well within their families and their community.
The following model represents the framework of how Tennessee 4-H targets learning through programs and positive experiences that support healthy growth and youth development.
The blue ring represents the five core competency areas that youth development traditionally addresses: Health/ Physical competencies, Vocational competencies, Personal/social competencies, Citizenship/Ethics competencies, and Cognitive/Creative competencies.
The yellow ring represents the ten life skills Tennessee has selected to focus on:
Achieving Goals Leadership
Building Relationships Positive Self-esteem
Communicating Responsible citizenship
Ethical Decision-making Responsibility
Healthy Lifestyle Choices Teamwork
The red ring represents the variety of delivery modes used to implement educational programs and learning experiences:
Classroom Clubs Project Groups
Judging Teams School Enrichment
After School Programs Technology
Volunteering Community Clubs
Project Work Special Interest
The Tennessee Life Skills Evaluation System (LSES) was designed to compile statewide data and measure program impact in the state 4-H program. Extension staff and volunteers can collect data and measure impact in a variety of areas and are not limited to the evaluation tools in the system.