Life Skill Development of Youth Participants of the Tennessee 4-H Beef Skillathon

Josey M. Harris, Christopher T. Stripling, Carrie A. Stephens, H. Dwight Loveday

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The purpose of this study was to examine youth leadership life skill development among Tennessee beef skillathon participants and determine factors influencing their motivation to participate.  Youth perceived the skillathon to have a moderate impact on their leadership life skill development. As a result, we recommend the skillathon continue to be an integral part of the overall livestock program in Tennessee. The reasons for participating in the skillathon mainly focused on testing knowledge, future careers, winning an award, fun, friends, 4-H agent or school-based agricultural education teacher, and personal development. Thus, utilizing both short-term and long-term influences during recruitment may increase skillathon participation.  Future research should be conducted on a national level to determine youth leadership life skill development and reasons for participating in the skillathon competition.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2016.436

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