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. https://doi.org/10.5032/jae.2022.03197


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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