Parent Education in New York City: The Parenting A Second Time Around (PASTA) Project

Worksite Location
CCE New York City
Faculty Sponsor
Rachel Dunifon
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Kimberly Kopko
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Jackie Davis-Manigaulte
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

The Family and Youth Development program area of Cornell University Cooperative Extension New York City (CUCE-NYC) collaborates with the New York City Department for the Aging and other agencies to identify seniors who are caring for grandchildren and other relatives under 18 years of age as participants in an evaluation of the PASTA (Parenting the Second Time Around) curriculum in New York City.
The PASTA curriculum is an 8-session program designed for grandparents and relatives who are raising their grandchildren. Basic parenting information is combined with topics specific to relative caregivers, including: child development; discipline and guidance; adolescent development and behavior; ambivalent feelings; rebuilding a family; legal issues; and advocacy.
The intended outcomes are:
- To introduce grandparents and other relative caregivers in New York City to information, skills, and resources designed to strengthen their ability to provide effective care for the young relatives they are parenting;
- To expand the implementation and evaluation of the PASTA curriculum in a major metropolitan area via a quasi-experimental research study;
- To extend the existing reach of PASTA and its evaluation by focusing on previously under-served audiences - those speaking Spanish and those caring for special-needs grandchildren.

Roles and Responsibilities

The student will observe and assist (as appropriate) the PASTA project facilitator in the implementation of PASTA workshops. This will include following up with all program participants to ensure they are present to complete the final post-test. The intern will also work with the project facilitator and other staff to: 1) ensure that all required research data is collected; 2) participate in the data analysis process and development of the project report for year two; 3) update the CUCE-NYC website to include current information about the PASTA project; and assist with planning and recruitment of sites and study participants for year three of the research project. The intern will also assist in conducting follow-up focus groups for participants who have previously attended PASTA to better understand the extent to which the program has made a difference in their lives. Finally, the intern, if possible, will assist in the Spanish translation of PASTA.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full time CHE freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Must meet NYS Department of Motor Vehicle requirement, if applicable.
The intern is expected to be highly motivated; possess strong writing, organizational and interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision. He/she must have knowledge of statistics and computers. Spanish language skills are preferred, but not required for consideration for the internship.

Benefits and Skills

The student will learn first-hand about community-based education programs in a large urban setting - how they are implemented, evaluated, and sustained.