Qualitative Assessment of Summer 4-H Programming - PROJECT FILLED

Worksite Location
CCE Franklin County
Project Dates
June 12 - August 11 (Flexibility in dates)
Faculty Sponsor
Andrew Turner, BCTR
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Jennifer Agans, PRYDE
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Steve McDonald, CCE Franklin Issue Leader and Casey Sukeforth, Program Director 4-H Camp Overlook
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

CCE Franklin County offers two successful summer programs 4-H Camp programs, a day camp and a residential Camp experience.  The programs serve a wide demographic base and diverse socio-economic clientele.  A high quality educational program is delivered in a non-conventional format.  Anecdotally, we have evidence that indicates that the programs have a significant impact on positive youth development for participating students, in particular in leadership development.  However, we have not undertaken any rigorous measures to assess the impact more scientifically.  This project is designed to create a research project that will assess the short and longer term impacts of the 4-H Camp experience.

Roles and Responsibilities

The student intern would be engaged in the following activities:  1. Work with faculty partners to develop, test and implement the research tool, exploring both quantitative and qualitative approaches and determining the most effective strategy to fit the research context.  2. Engage in daily operations in both camp settings.  Camp Overlook (6 week residential camp that reaches 137 youth weekly), and Camp Akala (10 week day camp that reaches 50 youth weekly).   3. Develop a brief case study of each camp and conduct a SWOT analysis with the input of stakeholders.  

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Courses in Human Development and some experience, and/or strong interest in working with youth.  Coursework or experience teaching or presenting information to groups desired but not required.  

Benefits and Skills

1. The student will have a hands on experience with the positive youth development approach of 4-H and how the goals of the program are achieved, or not achieved, in an actual program setting.   2. Experience in developing, testing and utilizing a research design method, developing the research question and applying the tool in the research setting.   3. Development of public engagement skills (speaking, listening and observing) and applying these skills in a highly complex learning environment.