The impact of beef cattle projects on youth leadership and life skill development
Walker, Brandon Franklin
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The primary purpose of this study was to determine the youth leadership life skills development of youth, and to determine if there is a relationship between YLLSD and participation in the beef project. This study was conducted using a correlational and ex post facto design. A sample of 376 individuals was randomly selected from a population of 4,229 National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members ranging in age from 18 to 21. A total of 102 responses (30%) were returned for analysis. NJAA members’ Youth Leadership Life Skills Development Scale (YLLSDS) scores ranged from 40 to 90 with a composite mean of 73.02. The three highest skill means were observed for the YLLSDS items “show a responsible attitude,” “can set goals,” and “can set priorities.” The strongest relationship existed between YLLSDS scores and show per year followed by gender, hours working with project per week, and years of beef project exhibition.