4-H Health Life Skills Sheets (4H1672)

4-H Health Life Skills Sheets (4H1672)

These 8.5 x 11 fact sheets help 4-H and other youth group volunteer leaders understand how project areas in healthy living helps young people develop life skills focused on living and being from the Targeting Life Skills Model under the area of health.

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As a 4-H volunteer, you must take responsibility to teach life skills to youth to help them reach their full potential. Many of the life skills that members gain through 4-H participation are identified in the Iowa State University Targeting Life Skills model. 4-H leaders can use this resource with club members to help connect life skills learned through hands-on 4-H projects to real-life experiences. Through the provided age-appropriate discussion questions, you can help youth process the life skills they learn in their 4-H projects.

Life Skills

Character projects or experiences should help youth develop positive values and qualities that contribute to their way of thinking, speaking, or acting. Some characteristics of good character include:

  • Trustworthiness: being honest, reliable, loyal
  • Respect:  Being tolerant, accepting of differences and considerate of others feelings; displaying manners
  • Responsibility: Planning ahead, persevering, setting a good example for others
  • Fairness: Sharing, being open-minded, treating everyone equally
  • Caring: Being kind, acting compassionately, expressing gratitude
  • Citizenship: Being involved in the community, volunteering, respecting authority

Age Appropriate Skills:

Children and youth develop at different rates. The skills listed below are only general guidelines. (Adapted from the Iowa State Targeting Life Skills Training Manual)

5- to 8-year-olds should be able to:

  • Respect themselves and others, including physical belongings.
  • Understand the consequences of being dishonest or not telling the truth.

9- to 11-year-olds should be able to:

  • Understand a sense of fairness.
  • Have a regard for property of self and others.
  • Be aware of differences in values.

12- 14-year-olds should be able to:

  • Appreciate how a reputation is developed.
  • Begin to understand ethical situations.

15- to 19-year-olds should be able to:

  • Become involved in causes based on personal values and ethics.
  • Examine consequences of various ethical decisions.
  • Begin to develop a personal philosophy.


(9 sheets, 2014)




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