Immigrant Integration in New Destinations: How to engage Latino children and youth with 4-H

Worksite Location
Wayne County
Faculty Sponsor
Pilar Parra
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

This project will identify best practices to bridge CCE 4-H programs with immigrant families.
Immigrant children and youth found themselves disadvantaged in participating in local educational opportunities due to logistic barriers and the lack of knowledge regarding opportunities like those provided by CCE. In general, immigrant families are not familiar with CCE programming like 4-H. Historically, 4-H experiences have proved to be an opening for underserved children to careers, areas of study, and support their advance to higher education. We believe that children of immigrant families when participating in 4-H programming would facilitate their path to their full social integration in American society. Children and youth participation would also promote their parent's integration into the social fabric of their communities.

Roles and Responsibilities

1. The student will run 2 focus groups with Latino youth to explore areas of interest and personal goals regarding higher education, and knowledge regarding ongoing youth programs in their communities.
2. The student will run 2 focus groups with Latino parents to determine their familiarity with CCE programs, specifically 4-H; to identify barriers for participation; to gather suggestions for possible programs and preferred sites or venues where programs could take place.
3. Prior to the focus groups, the student will prepare a package with basic information about 4-H for children and youth, and translate information of 4-H for the parents to be distributed at the end of the focus group session and moderate a Q&A.
We will reach out to parents through churches and other local venues where we have established already relationships with the Latino community.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full time CALS freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Must meet NYS Department of Motor Vehicle requirement, if applicable.
Any course of the following list would be a plus: Immigration related courses; courses that discuss the Latino US experience, e.g., Latinos in the US, Sociology of Health and Ethnic Minorities; Human Development courses, e.g., Culture and Human Development, Child Development.
The student would be required to pass the drivers requirement established by Cornell Fleet Transportation Services
It would be a plus if the student has some Spanish language skills.

Benefits and Skills

The student will learn how to conduct research that is culturally sensitive to an immigrant community.
The student will learn qualitative techniques to gather data from a hard-to-reach population.
The student will learn how to plan an out-reach effort to a hard-to-reach population.
The student will learn how to conduct a focus group, to develop the interview guidelines and probes for the focus group, and present a summary of transcribed sessions.
The student will develop guidelines for strategies to recruit Latino children and youth to 4-H, and guidelines to reach-out Latino immigrant families to CCE programming.
The student will translate material which will be included in this effort.