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Scott, Siri; Grant, Samantha; Nippolt, Pamela Larson – Journal of Extension, 2015
With young people, discussing complex issues such as learning and leading in a focus group can be a challenge. To help prime youth for the discussion, we created a focus group approach that featured a fun, interactive activity. This article includes a description of the focus group activity, lessons learned, and suggestions for additional…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Middle School Students, Youth Programs, Group Activities
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Herman, Margo; Grant, Samantha – Journal of Extension, 2015
The University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development made an organizational decision in 2011 to invest in a system-wide approach to implement youth program quality into the 4-H program using the Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) tool. This article describes the four key components to the Minnesota Youth Program Quality…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Program Improvement, Models, Educational Quality
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Gupta, Angela S.; Grant, Samantha; Strauss, Andrea Lorek – Journal of Extension, 2012
The University of Minnesota Extension's 4-H and Forestry Afterschool program combined the 4-H structure and various forestry curricula to foster positive attitudes towards the environment and stewardship-related behaviors as these may serve as precursors to later choices that benefit the environment. Evaluation of third through fifth grade club…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Clubs, Youth Programs, After School Programs