4-H Curriculum Assessment

Worksite Location
Monroe County
Project Dates
June 1- August 1, 2019
Faculty Sponsor
Bryan Duff
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Andrea Lista, Executive Director of CCE Monroe
Wages Up To
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County serves a diverse population within urban, suburban, and rural communities. It is CCE-Monroe’s perception that traditional 4-H curricula do not reflect the population we serve.  Pictures, captions, and examples within lessons tend to reflect a primarily white, non-diverse population. Additionally, curricula seem to have not been updated to reflect the interests and activities of today’s youth. Thus, the goal of this project is to provide recommendations to the National and State 4-H Offices and to modify identified priority curricula for use locally in Monroe County.

Roles and Responsibilities

Supervised by the Executive Director, and in collaboration with the CCE-Monroe 4-H Team, student interns would do the following: 1. Determine the most widely used 4-H curricula by urban 4-H programs. 2. Develop an assessment tool(s) to gauge the relevance of curricula to diverse populations. 3. Assess the curricula and recommended  changes based on findings. 4. Identify three curricula and modify for use in Monroe County. 

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

This internship is available to current (AY 2018-19) sophomores and juniors enrolled in the Education Minor.

Benefits and Skills

1. Students will be able to identify aspects of education that are universal and boundary-less; and identify areas where educational material inhibits or aids in the learning process for youth of diverse backgrounds. 2. Students will learn how to develop appropriate culturally relevant educational assessment tools. 3. Students will experience the Cornell Cooperative Extension system and 4-H Positive Youth Development program, working alongside professionals in this field. 4. Students will expand their ability to reach diverse audiences as they work within the City of Rochester and Monroe County.  5. Students will have the opportunity to produce a publishable document to aid in the redesign of 4-H curricula at the national level. 6. Students will have the opportunity to prove their ability to transfer university education to real-world experiences.