Here today, gone tomorrow: An investigation into why older youth leave the 4-H program

TitleHere today, gone tomorrow: An investigation into why older youth leave the 4-H program
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsAlbright, MB
DegreePh.D.
UniversityOhio State University
Thesis TypeDoctoral diss.
Abstract

For years, 4-H has struggled with the complex problems of membership retention, especially among older youth. However, little research has been done concerning why 4-H members choose to leave the program. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the retention of older 4-H youth. Specifically, the study sought to investigate the reasons older youth choose not to re-enroll in the Erie County 4-H program. Specific objectives of the study were to: (a) explore the reasons why youth chose not to re-enroll in the Erie County 4-H Youth Development program (b) identify the barriers to participation in the 4-H program for Erie County youth, and (c) determine what conditions would facilitate participation in the Erie County 4-H program.