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ERIC Number: EJ980190
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
Engaging Library Partners in 4-H Programming
Fields, Nia Imani; Rafferty, Elizabeth
Afterschool Matters, n15 p26-31 Spr 2012
When most people think about 4-H, they remember county fairs, livestock programs, and agricultural education. While these programs are still prominent, 4-H has grown in order to meet the growing demands of today's youth. The organization has expanded services and programs to serve rural, suburban, and urban youth in every state in the U.S. 4-H is uniquely positioned to apply youth development research, through non-formal education and technical assistance, directly from universities to local individuals, families, and communities. 4-H offers an array of research-based, experiential learning opportunities in science, citizenship, and healthy living, using various delivery modes. One of these, 4-H Afterschool, is growing in the University of Maryland Extension. 4-H Afterschool provides opportunities for youth to engage in positive youth development and to build life skills during the afterschool hours. The Baltimore County Public Library system in Maryland hosts a large number of youth who frequent the library to use the computers and resources as well as to participate in ongoing youth programs. Parents view the library as a safe place for young people to meet during out-of-school time to engage in educational and youth development activities. Baltimore County 4-H and the Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) are thus natural partners in meeting the needs of youth after school. Recognizing the need for quality youth development programming after school, Baltimore County 4-H and the BCPL forged a partnership to offer structured experiential programming opportunities to meet the afterschool needs of youth who visit their local library. This partnership is now in its fifth year, representing the longest continual relationship between BCPL and a youth-serving organization. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland