Children of Immigrant Families and 4-H: Processes of Inclusion and Integration

Worksite Location
CCE Wayne, Sullivan and Orange Counties
Faculty Sponsor
Jeffery Sobal, Professor, Nutritional Science
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Pilar Parra, Research Associate/Senior Lecturer, 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

This project will examine the implementation of a pilot model of engagement for 4-H for immigrant children in Wayne, Sullivan, and Orange Counties. We will work with the 4-H staff based in these counties and ground our approach in the expertise of CCE 4-H to systematically examine topics and programs that are the most valuable for the needs and challenges that children of immigrants encounter. We plan to implement a pilot 4-H club in each county based on the input of Extension, organizations, and immigrant families. Guidelines and recommendations will be developed and distributed to facilitate integration of immigrant children into 4-H.

Roles and Responsibilities

The student will assist with gathering qualitative data using interviews and focus groups of both 4-H teachers and children, and will participate in transcription, coding and analysis of the qualitative data that is collected. In June, interviews with 4-H teachers will be done, and later in the summer interviews will occur with children in these 4-H groups.

The student will assist CCE 4-H staff in helping to run the 4-H Club in the summer, with the format of club activities to be decided as more information becomes available about the characteristics of the children and their own interests. In addition, the student will make observations about the activities of the immigrant children in the group while interacting with the group leaders and children.

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 student should have some experience as a participant or leader of 4-H (or other similar types of groups). The student should be able to drive. The student should have the ability to interact, feel comfortable and relate to children and youth (middle and high school level). Spanish language skills are desirable. Knowledge about word processing, Excel, and Powerpoint.

Benefits and Skills

The student will learn how to engage in interviews and focus groups and learn skills in coding and analyzing qualitative data and presenting results. The student will learn organizational and educational skills needed to plan workshops tailored to immigrant children (learning objectives, activities to meet the objectives, evaluation). The student will learn how to present his/her work.