Young people in 4-H excel beyond their peers. According to a longitudinal study conducted by Dr. Richard Lerner at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, when compared to their peers, young people involved in 4-H:
- Report higher levels of academic competence and an elevated level of engagement at school,
- Are more likely to plan to go to college, and are
- Two times more likely to participate in STEM learning programs during out-of-school time.