Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Fall 2018


Agricultural Education and Studies

First Major Professor

Scott Smalley


Master of Science (MS)


Agricultural Education


Starting in the 1900’s showing livestock and learning about crops were the two main areas of 4-H. 4-H is a firm believer in youth learning by doing, creating hands on opportunities. The livestock project provides many areas for youth to develop and grow. They can gain confidence, problem solving skills, and more. These skills can help to set them up to become successful adults. 4-H wants to create youth that will be successful in the future. Looking at the motivational factors of youth in Jefferson County that show livestock and finding what drives their passion for this project. Diving into why they show and ways to better improve the livestock project for the future. The youth that participated in this study ranged from junior to intermediate to senior members. All participants gave their insight into what is driving them to participate in the livestock project. These youth participated in a group forum, where they shared what was good and bad about the project area and what really motivates them to show. The livestock project can be adapted to fit the motivations of the youth in Jefferson County. Using the 5 C’s of positive development, to really connect the motivations of youth and what 4-H stands for. When using the 5 C’s of positive youth development, there are several areas that the youth in Jefferson County can connect to and even reach the 6th C. The 6 C’s are: competence, confidence, connection, character, caring/compassion and contribution.

Copyright Owner

Ashtin Walker

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