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ERIC Number: ED387602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Modeling Leadership Development for a Diverse Workforce in Food and Agriculture. Final Report of Higher Education Challenge Grant Proposal No. 9203317.
Treat, Kathryn R.; And Others
The "Building Bridges" Leadership/Mentor Project developed a model leadership intern experience with emphasis on minority group involvement. It had four goals: to foster an environment in which cultural diversity was understood and valued; to increase work force participation of minority groups; to provide opportunities for leadership mentoring and role modeling; and to enhance employability and career success in the food and agricultural sciences. A mentor handbook and intern experience notebook were developed. The 13 interns who were recruited received 6 college credit hours in agricultural and extension or home economics education, tuition waiver, living stipend, and travel reimbursement. Mentors received a stipend. Prior to the 8-week onsite experience, mentors and interns participated in an orientation meeting, site visit, and 1-week leadership seminar. During the experiential component of the project, mentors provided day-to-day support to interns as they completed required activities. Students returned to campus to participate in a post-field experience seminar. The Youth Leadership Life Skills Development Scale was administered as a pretest/posttest. Findings indicated that, for the 1994 interns, increases in frequency were seen in 26 life skills; in 1995, only seven life skills showed an increase in mean frequency. Mentors thought this was a valuable opportunity for professional growth and renewal. Students found it a very valuable career awareness activity that provided personal and professional development. (YLB)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Career Awareness, Demonstration Programs, Extension Education, Food, Food Service, Higher Education, Home Economics Education, Internship Programs, Leadership Training, Mentors, Minority Groups, Models, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Role Models, Rural Extension, Student Leadership, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces.