1.CONCEPT OF 6C’S

Professor Richard M. Lerner is the Director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University. Professor Lerner found the 5Cs to be important qualities for young people growing up into adulthood. These 5Cs are Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, and Caring. When a young person develops stronger 5C’s, they tend to result in the 6th C, which is Contribution. This means that the young person is able to have happiness, good social networks, and positively contribute to their family, community, and society.

1.CONCEPT OF 6C’S

Professor Richard M. Lerner is the Director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University. Professor Lerner found the 5Cs to be important qualities for young people growing up into adulthood. These 5Cs are Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, and Caring. When a young person develops stronger 5C’s, they tend to result in the 6th C, which is Contribution. This means that the young person is able to have happiness, good social networks, and positively contribute to their family, community, and society.

2. 6C’S LONGITUDINAL RESEARCH

There are several researchers that have conducted studies over the past two decades on the 6Cs of positive youth development to confirm the validity of the 6Cs model. They found that the 5Cs can predict that, over time, a young person’s depression and risk-behaviors will be reduced–while a young person’s contribution to themselves, their family, community, and civil society will be increased. The factors that are promoting these 5Cs are ecological assets, such as social networks and access to resources, combined with the strengths of adolescents of having hopeful future expectations.

2. 6C’S LONGITUDINAL RESEARCH

There are several researchers that have conducted studies over the past two decades on the 6Cs of positive youth development to confirm the validity of the 6Cs model. They found that the 5Cs can predict that, over time, a young person’s depression and risk-behaviors will be reduced–while a young person’s contribution to themselves, their family, community, and civil society will be increased. The factors that are promoting these 5Cs are ecological assets, such as social networks and access to resources, combined with the strengths of adolescents of having hopeful future expectations.

3. IMPLEMENTATION OF 6C’S IN THE REAL WORLD

4H is America’s largest youth development organization that began 100 years ago and currently there are nearly six million young people across the U.S. equipped with the skills to lead for a lifetime. 4-H adopted the ‘Positive Youth Development’ model into their program and conducted a longitudinal study that started in 2002 to help follow up on how the 6C’s of positive youth development create positive learning experiences for children.

From the research started in 2002, they found that children who partake in the 4-H program are:

  • 4x more likely to make contributions to their communities
  • About 2x more likely to be civically active
  • Nearly 2x more likely to participate in science programs during out-of-school time
  • 2x more likely to make healthier choices

3. IMPLEMENTATION OF 6C’S IN THE REAL WORLD

4H is America’s largest youth development organization that began 100 years ago and currently there are nearly six million young people across the U.S. equipped with the skills to lead for a lifetime. 4-H adopted the ‘Positive Youth Development’ model into their program and conducted a longitudinal study that started in 2002 to help follow up on how the 6C’s of positive youth development create positive learning experiences for children.

From the research started in 2002, they found that children who partake in the 4-H program are:

  • 4x more likely to make contributions to their communities
  • About 2x more likely to be civically active
  • Nearly 2x more likely to participate in science programs during out-of-school time
  • 2x more likely to make healthier choices
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