The Inclusion of Hispanic Immigrant Parents To 4-H Clubs in Rural New York - PROJECT FILLED

Worksite Location
CCE Wayne County, CCE Sullivan County, CCE Orange County
Project Dates
June 1 - August 4
Faculty Sponsor
Pilar Parra, Nutritional Sciences
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Jeffrey Sobal, Professor. Nutritional Sciences
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Jerome Christie, CCE Orange County; Jessica Spence, CCE Wayne County; Colleen Monahan, Sullivan County
Stipend Amount
$4,000
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

This project recruited children to 4-H clubs in the summer of 2016, and resulted in developing 5 clubs with Hispanic youth. However, the recruitment of parents to become leaders of 4-H clubs requires additional work.

We need to inform parents about 4-H and its benefits for their children and themselves. This involves showing how getting involved in activities with their children help them to better understand institutions and organizations in their communities. Most importantly, we need to show how involvement will help them to resolve problems associated with inter-generational conflict due to competing norms and values between their country of origin and their host country.

This requires the assessment of parent’s needs and perspectives of local extension programs.

Roles and Responsibilities

The student will carry out qualitative research. The student will help with focus groups and interviews to parents and children, analysis of data, and preparing data reports. 
The student will also implement a summer 4-H club where one of the objectives is not only to reach out to children of immigrant families but to form a club with a diverse student base to facilitate bridging of immigrant families with White and Black families in their communities.
The student will:
1. Write a report and guidelines about the best practices in working with immigrant families and long-term resident families in the community.
2. Develop informational material aimed at immigrant parents. 
3. Work along with local extension offices and other organizations.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

1. Some knowledge about data collection and the design of posters and fliers.
2. Experience with 4-H (as a participant or leader) is a plus.
3. Speaking some Spanish is a plus.
4. Driving is required and having a car is a plus

Benefits and Skills

The student will learn research skills, including data collection, analysis and reporting results.
The student will develop organizational skills.
The student will learn how to develop a program with clear objectives, activities, and evaluation.