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Essential Elements of 4-H: Mastery, Belonging, Independence, and Generosity
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Research validates that all young people have certain developmental needs. 4-H is uniquely positioned to meet needs that are addressed in the discussion of Essential Elements. Nationwide 4-H has embraced programming that is centered on four Essential Elements.

In Georgia we ask every 4-H leader to be certain that the program offered in their location includes opportunities to enhance the development of these elements. A presentation outlining the components of the Essential Elements of 4-H can be found at


The University of Georgia and Ft. Valley State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and counties of the state cooperating. The Cooperative Extension Service offers educational programs, assistance and materials to all people without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. An equal opportunity/affirmative action organization committed to a diverse work force.