ERIC Number: EJ718610
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
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Women and Minorities in Agriculture
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers, v80 n2 p24-27 Feb 2005
There are those who lament a situation that they feel needs changing, and there are those who set out to change it. The late Sam Combs Jr. was one who chose the path of action. In 1994, Combs, a retired soil conservationist and former agriculture education instructor, along with four other retired agriculture educators--W.G. Parker, James R. Johnson, A.W. Hampton and W.E. Gamble--founded the Retired Educators for Agricultural Programs (REAP). What these five men had learned was that of the 434 agriculture educators in Oklahoma at that time, not one was African American. The name of the organization became the Retired Educators for Youth Agricultural Programs (REYAP) in 2003 but is still pronounced REAP. REYAP is a statewide not-for-profit organization with a goal of helping more African-American youth to pursue opportunities in agriculture education--although the organization is open to all minorities and other youth from socially disadvantaged populations. According to Rita Combs, REYAP's executive director and the daughter-in-law of Sam Combs, through its partnerships with private industry, educational institutions and government agencies, REYAP hopes to increase the opportunities for minority internships.
Descriptors: Agriculture, Agricultural Education, Females, Minority Groups, African Americans, Program Descriptions, Public Agencies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma