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2015

Iowa State University

4-H

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Development Of 4-H Youth Leadership Skills: A Retrospective Approach With Emerging Adults, Ashley Nicole Kinkade Jan 2015

Development Of 4-H Youth Leadership Skills: A Retrospective Approach With Emerging Adults, Ashley Nicole Kinkade

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Guided by Lerner's (2005) positive youth development theory and Kouzes and Posner's (2002) five fundamental practices for effective leadership, this qualitative investigation describes how emerging adult (18-25 years) aged alumni of Iowa 4-H internalize, apply, describe and use the leadership skills they gained as youth participants in the Iowa 4-H program. Seven themes arose when discussing how Iowa 4-H alumni describe and internalize effective leadership, including leading by example and encouraging others as the two most prevalent themes. Four additional themes arose as knowledge and skills Iowa 4-H alumni possess and attribute to their 4-H experience, including the ...