Developing Project and Life Skills

The Fantastic Foods curriculum is designed to help youth develop both project and life skills. Project skills are specific to the foods subject matter, such as learning how to bake cookies or freeze leftovers for a TV dinner. Life skills relate to the process a member undergoes when doing an activity and are useful long after the member completed the project, such as making decisions or mastering technology.

Project skills

The content of the Fantstic Foods curriculum has a much broader focus than skills related to food preparation. The curriculum is designed to help youth develop project skills in six major areas:

Life skills

The youth development skills used in this curriculum are part of the Four-Fold Youth Development Model. The model encompasses 47 skills that help youth build character, be connected to the world around them and develop into confident, caring, and contributing adults. (Barkman, et. al. 1999). Skills are grouped into the four H's in the clover - Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. Below is a listing of the skills targeted in the four levels of the Fantastic Foods curriculum.

Using scientific methods
Processing information
Understanding systems
Managing resources
Practicing creativity
Making decisions
Planning and organizing
Valuing diversity
Mastering technology
Being a responsible citizen
Exercising leadership
Completing a task
Making healthy lifestyle choices
Expressing emotions positively
Preventing illness

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For help in measuring the achievment of these youth development skills, go to the Four-Fold web site at

Curriculum Scope and Sequence

Matrix of Project Activities and Targeted Project and Life Skills


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