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YA4-H! Components

Youth-Adult Partnerships

Developmental relationships between youth and adults are consistently identified as critical for effective youth programming. Youth-adult partnerships consist of two main features including youth voice in decision making and supportive adult relationships. Prior research indicates youth who participate in youth-adult partnerships experience greater empowerment, psychological agency, and community connectedness while developing problem solving and decision-making skills.


Teens and Adult Partners

Teens as Teachers

Teens as teachers uses a cross-age peer teaching model which is a relationship between two peers of the same generation where one peer is slightly older. Teen teachers not only promote positive outcomes among those they teach but also “learn by doing,” which is a 4-H tradition. Research finds teens demonstrate greater internalization of content delivered (e.g., nutrition education) but also develop life skills such as communication, leadership, and teaching skills.

Teen as teachers (TAT) is being implemented as part of our Healthy Habits programming funded by National 4-H Council.


Teen Teachers

Youth Participatory Action Research

Participatory action research empowers youth with the skills to identify and research health concerns in their communities and take action to address them. This process is associated with greater civic engagement and youth empowerment.

Youth participatory action research (YPAR) is being implemented as part of programming within the Center for Rural Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (CROP+TR).  More information can be found here:

Youth Leader Presenting on Mental Health Stigma at Teen Rally
Each component is structured by 4-H peer-reviewed curriculum out of Oregon State University.