How Do I Get There From Here? An Evaluation of 4-H Influence on Participant Career Trajectories


  • Megan L. Powell University of Georgia
  • Kevan W. Lamm University of Georgia
  • D. Barry Croom University of Georgia
  • L. Rochelle Sapp University of Georgia



4-H, career preparation, youth development, workforce preparation, life skills development


4-H provides unique opportunities for youth to experience new things and prepare for their future. The purpose of this study was to examine how 4-H has influenced participant career trajectories. Data were collected using the Delphi method to produce a list of 70 unique items. There were 46 of 70 items that received 90-100% consensus in the final round of the process. A constant comparative method analysis identified six emergent themes having had the most influence of participant career trajectories: relationships, personal development, leadership development, life skills, civic engagement, and college and career preparation. The research provides a foundation of critical touchpoints which may impact participants’ career trajectories. Additionally, specific recommendations for applying the results in 4-H and other youth development programs are provided.


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Powell, M. L., Lamm, K. W., Croom, D. B., & Sapp, L. R. (2022). How Do I Get There From Here? An Evaluation of 4-H Influence on Participant Career Trajectories. Journal of Agricultural Education, 63(3), 197–215.




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