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Kreikemeier, Julia, M. (2015). A study of life skills from traditional and afterschool 4-h participants.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College of the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Science, Major: Child, Youth, and Family Studies, Under the Supervision of Professor Yan Xia. Lincoln, Nebraska: May 2015

Copyright (c) 2015 Julia M. Kreikemeier


Cooperative Extension has been serving youth and their families for over one hundred years. The total impact of this service has been measured on several occasions by many researchers, most notably in the research of youth development by Dr. Richard Learner; however, his research only took into account those who participated in traditional 4-H clubs. The purpose of this quantitative study was designed to examine which life skills youth participants in traditional and afterschool 4-H programs reported. Quantitative methodology was used to collect post-program survey data of youth participants. Qualitative informal interviews were conducted of Extension Educators and afterschool 4-H program directors to help explain the findings of the quantitative survey data. To help answer the question of reported life skills, 89 youth, participating in afterschool and traditional programs, were surveyed in the Northeast 4-H district of Nebraska. Results suggest youth in afterschool and traditional 4-H programs are developing the same life skills.

Advisor: Yan Xia