Ohio’s Workforce Preparation Initiative
Because of its focus on the development of practical life skills, it could be argued that 4-H has always prepared youth for the workforce, at least indirectly. However, to be most effective, we need to intentionally link our work with young people to specific workforce preparation content and outcomes. Therefore, the Ohio 4-H Workforce Preparation Initiative was created.
The Ohio 4-H Workforce Preparation Initiative was developed to strengthen and expand programs that are developing job skills for youth. In 2006, a team of Extension professionals researched the issue and gathered input from key stakeholders from within Extension, other public agencies, and the private sector. This team then developed a model that included components for workforce preparation programming in Ohio 4-H.