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Up your PYD practice!

The 4‑H PYD Academy equips 4‑H professionals with the essential knowledge and skills to plan, implement, and evaluate high-quality 4‑H programs that help youth thrive.

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Upcoming PYD Academy dates

PYD Spotlight Day

Oct 14


4-H PYD Spotlight Day: Celebrating Your Impact on Youth!

For the past twenty years, research on the 4-H program conducted by Dr. Richard Lerner at Tufts University and Dr. Jacqueline Lerner at Boston College has revealed the incredible impact 4-H has on youth. This is something to celebrate!

At this year's PYD Spotlight Day, Rich and Jackie will share the results of these many years of research, including their most recent study that reconnected over 300 4-H alums—demonstrating the lasting effects of 4-H into adulthood. Join us for a BIG celebration of the impact of YOUR work!

Date: October 14
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT
Location: Boise Centre or Virtual
Cost: $75-100

4-H PYD Virtual Academy

Building Youth Resilience, Purpose and Readiness through Positive Youth Development

The goal for every young person is that they are resilient, purposeful, and ready to navigate life’s challenges. Research shows that a positive youth development approach can help build these essential qualities in youth. This 3-day virtual academy consists of a daily keynote address, panel discussion, five capacity-building sessions and a reflection period. This academy is recommended for all 4-H professionals and those involved with other youth-serving organizations.

Date: May 7-9
Location: Virtual


Helping Youth THRIVE

  • Sparks: Providing a place where youth can find and explore what sparks their interest.
  • Belonging: Creating spaces of belonging—where ALL kids feel welcome and physically and emotionally safe.
  • Relationships: Nurturing positive, supportive and empowering relationships between youth and adults and youth and their peers.
  • Engagement: Challenging and encouraging youth to pursue their own learning and growth. Promoting active engagement where youth have a voice.

In Partnership with PLWG and NAE4‑HYDP

PYD Academies are brought to you by the 4‑H Standing Committee on Positive Youth Development, a PLWG chartered committee. The purpose of the committee is to advance the science and research foundation of positive youth development across the 4‑H system. 4‑H PYD Academies are produced in collaboration with the National Association of 4-H Youth Development Professionals (NAE4-HYDP) and with the convening and financial support of National 4‑H Council.


For questions regarding PYD Academies, please contact Janet Golden.