ERIC Number: ED337318
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Youth-At-Risk and 4-H: Partners in Success. An Evaluation of a County 4-H Drop-Out Prevention Model.
Valentine, Nancy L.
The West Virginia University Cooperative Extension Service developed a 4-H curriculum designed to provide targeted potential school dropouts with opportunities to develop specific skills. These included decisionmaking, parliamentary procedure, group processes, public speaking, leadership, and life skills. In addition, participants would have successful, noncompetitive learning experiences that were experiential. The extension agent developed and updated curriculum content, schedules, and training materials; secured funding; recruited, trained, and supported volunteers and school personnel; developed evaluation tools; and conducted formal and informal evaluations. During the third year of the project (1988-89), the program reached approximately 150 Marion County (West Virginia) students in grades 3-5 who had been identified by school personnel as potential dropouts. At the end of the year, each participant was evaluated by volunteer group leader, classroom teacher, and self. The program was successful in having positive effects on the skills, attitudes, and knowledge of high-risk students. The positive things happening in the 4-H club also transferred into regular classroom work and attitudes. The program had a positive influence on most participants in the areas of school and community or church activities, leadership roles, task completion, self-esteem, respect for authority, attitude toward school, cooperation with group, responsibility, communication skills, peer relationships, school success, willingness to try, following directions, and self-control. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: 4 H Programs
Note: Paper presented at the Rural Education Symposium of the American Council on Rural Special Education and the National Rural and Small Schools Consortium (Tucson, AZ, March 18-22, 1990).