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To be independent, young people must have confidence in their abilities and know how
to use them in real-world situations. Independence grows by steps and begins with making
small decisions that can turn into life-changing decisions. Your encouragement builds
members’ self-confidence. By exercising independence, young people learn self-discipline
and responsibility, better understand themselves, and become independent thinkers.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
November 4, 2016