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Abstract

This qualitative study explored the research question, What are the needs of youth in Southeast Alaska Native villages and how can 4-H youth development respond to these needs in culturally responsive ways? The study offers initial findings regarding concerns about youth and shares Alaska Native voices and perspectives in how we can best deliver youth programming in remote rural villages in culturally responsive ways. Participants highlight the importance of establishing programs within the context of culture, language and spirituality, engaging youth in activities that give them a sense of purpose and belonging, and promoting youth leadership. Implications are shared for development of culturally responsive youth programming which may be applicable with similar populations within and outside of Alaska.

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