Linking Immigrant Families to CCE 4-H Programs

Worksite Location
Wayne and Orange Counties
Faculty Sponsor
Pilar Parra
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Beth Claypoole
Stipend Amount
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

In rural areas, an increased number of Hispanic families have settle in the communities. Immigrant parents
face cultural, linguistic barriers and have low literacy which pose serious barriers for communication to reach
to local opportunities that could benefit their families. We will link these families to 4H programs. We will
base our approach in 4 pilot workshops that have designed guidelines to tailor programs for these children.
Our objective is to develop 4H clubs based on identified immigrant needs, issues of identity and biculturalism
as well as programs that entice interest for sciences, agriculture and health. This effort aims to reduce
isolation of these children born in the USA but with limited access to local resources beyond school.
Immigrants are becoming an important factor in the social and economic development of small towns. Local
programs like those offered by CCE would facilitate the full social integration of these newcomers.

Roles and Responsibilities

The student in conjunction with personnel from Wayne and Orange CCE offices, will identify participants
through local organizations working with immigrants families. She will develop material to familiarize
immigrant families with 4H. The student will gather a base line information to identifed needs and issues that
could be addressed through a 4H club. Once identified the topic/ issue the student will run the program with
the help of local CCE staff. Evaluation and future steps to make 4H accessible to children. Another benefit will
be to familiarize parents with additional local programming offered by CCE such as nutrition, parenting

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.

The student needs to be able to drive, speak Spanish, or at least be familiar with the Hispanic culture.

Additional qualifications:
Familiarity with Office would be appreciated. Some experience
working with children r youth would be best.

Benefits and Skills