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Corboy, John Trevor M.; Warner, Laura A.; Benge, Matt – Journal of Extension, 2019
Leadership development, service learning, place-based education, and economic revitalization are topics relevant to Extension. We performed an evaluation to determine whether a place-based leadership program in Clermont County, Ohio, helps students develop leadership skills and encourages their return to the community. Program evaluation data…
Descriptors: Place Based Education, Leadership Training, Extension Education, High School Students
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Silkwood, Gail; Wittman, Grace; Luckey, Brian – Journal of Extension, 2019
The Idaho 4-H Teen Conference program provides youths with opportunities to develop leadership skills and confidence, explore options for after high school, and work with adults as partners. The conference has been modified to include subject matter and experiences that encourage teens to "go on" to postsecondary education. Recent…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Conferences (Gatherings), Leadership Training, Self Esteem
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McKim, Aaron J.; Raven, Matt R.; Palmer, Abbey; McFarland, Ashley; Isleib, James – Journal of Extension, 2019
Mitigating complex problems is increasingly essential to sustaining life on Earth. Empowering current and future generations to address these problems requires rethinking traditional education approaches. This article serves as a primer for land-based learning--defined as a pedagogical approach in which learners collaborate with community members…
Descriptors: Place Based Education, Agricultural Occupations, Sustainability, Extension Agents
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Lobenstein, Monica – Journal of Extension, 2018
Youths trained in intervention skills can help stop a suicide through effective communication and an empathetic response. Extension professionals and community partners developed a layered approach to teaching suicide intervention skills, involving school staff, other community-based adults, and youths in a consistent community training process.…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Intervention, Suicide, Prevention
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Lopes, Sandro; Geldhof, G. John; Bowers, Edmond P.; Thogmartin, Asia – Journal of Extension, 2018
As youth development programs established in the United States expand globally, researchers must evaluate their impacts in diverse contexts. The work described in this article established a baseline for assessing the impact of a 4-S youth program at professional technical high schools in Costa Rica. The 4-S program is equivalent to 4-H in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational High Schools, Control Groups, Quasiexperimental Design
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Arnold, Mary E.; Davis, Jamie M.; Lundeberg, Roberta – Journal of Extension, 2017
In 2014 the Oregon 4-H program adopted a new program model to describe and evaluate the impact of 4-H on youths. The model is based on promoting thriving in young people, with an emphasis on high program quality. This article discusses the impact on thriving in 378 youth participants of the 4-H Summer Conference (4-HSC) program. The results of the…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Youth Opportunities, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
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Zimbroff, Andrew; Schlake, Marilyn R.; Anderson-Knott, Mindy; Eberle, Nancy; Vigna, Diane – Journal of Extension, 2017
Entrepreneurship is widely recognized as a driver of rural economic growth and community vitality. Nebraska Extension personnel developed a youth entrepreneurship curriculum--EntrepreneurShip Investigation (ESI)--for middle and high school students. This curriculum has been used at 4-H summer camps, for formal classroom and out-of-school…
Descriptors: Entrepreneurship, Youth Programs, Middle School Students, High School Students
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Freije, Anna N.; Sisson, Adam; VanDeWalle, Brandy; Gerber, Corey; Mueller, Daren; Wise, Kiersten A. – Journal of Extension, 2017
State crop scouting competitions (CSCs) promote agriculture by introducing youths in Indiana, Iowa, and Nebraska to various agricultural disciplines while focusing on integrated pest management (IPM). High school students compete as teams to address crop management issues at various stations. Each station is led by university representatives. Two…
Descriptors: Competition, Youth Programs, Agricultural Occupations, High School Students
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Wallace, Michael L.; Freitas, William M. – Journal of Extension, 2016
Preparing young Americans with science and technology skills has been on the forefront of educational reform for several years, and Extension has responded. Robotics projects have become a natural fit for 4-H clubs, with members' experiences ranging from using Lego┬« Mindstorms┬« and other "purchase and assemble" robotics kits to building…
Descriptors: Robotics, Youth Clubs, Extension Education, Program Effectiveness
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Duke, Adrienne M.; Sollie, Donna L.; Silva, Kelcie – Journal of Extension, 2016
We conducted a youth participatory evaluation of a bullying prevention curriculum before the curriculum was implemented in communities. We partnered with youths from a young women leaders' program to reduce the number of lessons in an existing curriculum and determine which activities were likely to have the greatest impact. To evaluate the…
Descriptors: Bullying, Prevention, Youth Programs, Student Participation
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McGuerty, Amber B.; Cater, Melissa; Prinyawiwatkul, Witoon; Tuuri, Georgianna – Journal of Extension, 2016
Interventions to increase adolescents' healthful food and beverage consumption often fail to demonstrate change. An alternative is to measure a shift in willingness to consume these items as an indicator of movement toward change. A survey was developed to estimate willingness to consume a variety of foods and beverages. Twenty items were…
Descriptors: Food, Eating Habits, Nutrition, Factor Analysis
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Meyer, Shelley; Jones, Kenneth R. – Journal of Extension, 2015
The purpose of the project reported here was to apply Experiential Learning Theory to a context involving middle and high school aged youth while assessing the four concepts (belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity) in relation to the 4-H youth development essential elements. The conclusions of the project's evaluation suggest…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Middle School Students, High School Students, Adolescent Development
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Calvert, Matthew; de Montmollin, John; Winnett, Tedi – Journal of Extension, 2015
The Kenosha County Youth in Governance program was created to build leadership skills and civic engagement opportunities for high school-aged students by placing two youth representatives on each of the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors standing committees. In reviewing data from 3 years of youth participants, the program was effective in…
Descriptors: Governance, Youth Opportunities, Participation, Committees
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Meszaros, Peggy S.; Kimbrell, Monica R.; Swenson, Andrea – Journal of Extension, 2015
This article examines Extension professionals building community capacity in 10 counties across five Appalachian states in response to the talent crisis in the United States information technology (IT) workforce. The goal has been to transfer IT knowledge and create a supportive environment to foster interest in IT careers among underserved girls…
Descriptors: Extension Agents, Extension Education, Capacity Building, Counties
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Conner, David; Estrin, Hans; Becot, Florence – Journal of Extension, 2014
This article discusses High School Harvest (HSH), an Extension educator-led project in five Vermont schools to provide students with job training and food system education and to provide lightly processed produce to school lunch programs. One hundred and twenty-one students participated, logging 8,752 hours growing, harvesting, and processing…
Descriptors: Food Service, Extension Education, High School Students, Job Training
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