Children of Immigrant Families and 4-H: The Process for Inclusion and Integration

Worksite Location
CCE Wayne, Sullivan and Orange Counties
Faculty Sponsor
Pilar Parra, Research Associate/Senior Lecturer, Nutritional Science
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Jeffery Sobal, Professor, Nutritional Science
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Elizabeth Claypoole, Executive Director, CCE Wayne County; Lucy Joyce, Executive Director, CCE Orange County; Colleen Monaghan, Executive Director, CCE Sullivan County
Stipend Amount
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

We will test the implementation of a pilot model of engagement for 4-H for immigrant children in Wayne, Sullivan and Orange Counties. We will work with 4-H staff based in these counties and base our approach in the expertise of CCE 4-H to systematically assess topics and programs most valuable for the needs and challenges children of immigrant face. We expect to implement a pilot 4-H club in each county based on the input of Extension, organizations, and immigrant families. Guidelines and recommendations to facilitate integration of immigrant children to 4-H will be developed and distributed electronically in Extension offices, community organizations and agencies.

Roles and Responsibilities

The student will assist with gathering data through telephone interviews and help in the running of focus groups. The student will help in the transcription and analysis of data collected. With the assistance of CCE 4-H staff, the student will join in the efforts of out-reach and planning of the 4-H club. The student will play an important role in the running of the 4-H Club (format to be decided as we know more of the children’s participant’s characteristics, topics of interest).

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 should have some experience as participant or as a leader of 4-H. Student should be able to relate and feel comfortable with children and youth (middle and high school level). Spanish skills would be a plus. Basic knowledge on Excel, power point and poster design.

Benefits and Skills

The student will learn how to carry telephone interviews and focus groups and how to analyze qualitative data and the presentation of results. The student will learn to plan workshops tailored to the needs and characteristics of immigrant children (learning objectives, activities to meet the objectives, evaluation) and will be able to present his/ her work in public.