What Matters: In Positive Youth Development

Posted: November 5, 2013 in 4-H, Leadership Development, Monday Morning Message, Youth Development

I love quotes!

I have been collecting quotes since I was a teenager and they range from being funny and thought-provoking to cynical and inspirational.  One of my favorite quotes was from the movie, “Gladiator” and says, “Alas, what we do in life, echoes in eternity“.  This quote represents a legacy that we leave on others and is so appropriate for the work that we are doing within 4-H to promote the principles of thriving.

For much of the world, 4-H represents young people who raise animals and show them at their county or state fairs.  Those of us in-the-know understand the truer, deeper purpose of 4-H which is to provide life-changing opportunities and experiences for young people to reach their full potential.  We call that thriving!

Throughout the 2013-2014 program year, our Monthly Morning Memo articles will identify the things that matter most in positive youth development and how we can strengthen those qualities to impact our programs.  Each edition of the memo will tackle one key action that is critical and necessary if we are to continue to have a positive impact on the youth that come into our program and lives.  Whether you are a seasoned youth worker or just starting out, it is my hope that these articles will affirm what you are already doing well and encourage you to grow in areas where you determine improvement is needed.  Together, we can create positive environments where our youth can thrive and succeed.   

So today, reflect on what it is that you want to echo in eternity and begin to select goals around that thought.  I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts and would love for you to share your comments on each article.

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