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Lopez, Sonia; Aranda, Veronica – Journal of Extension, 2020
The Off to a Good Start: Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Development of Youth Grades 5-8 (OTAGS) curriculum provides students with a foundation for future sex education. The curriculum consists of three modules covering puberty, healthful relationships, and HIV and sexually transmitted infections. University of Illinois Extension educators taught…
Descriptors: Sex Education, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Grade 5
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DeCubellis, Chris; Barrick, Kirby – Journal of Extension, 2020
Sense of belonging is an essential element of a high-quality 4-H program. However, little research exists quantifying sense of belonging among 4-H club members. We measured perceived sense of belonging among Florida 4-H members in middle and high school as well as seven factors that influenced continued participation in 4-H. Parental involvement,…
Descriptors: Sense of Community, Youth Clubs, Middle School Students, High School Students
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Dormody, Thomas J.; Skelton, Peter; Rodriguez, Gabrielle; Dubois, David W.; VanLeeuwen, Dawn – Journal of Extension, 2020
At an Extension youth agricultural science center, our team developed and pilot tested a five-lesson weather and climate science curriculum for middle school-aged youths. As part of the endeavor, we conducted an item analysis of the five worksheets used across the lessons and determined relationships between worksheet scores and pretest/posttest…
Descriptors: Worksheets, Weather, Climate, Rural Extension
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Adedokun, Omolola A.; Bastin, Sandra; Plonski, Paula; Najor, Jeannie; Cotterill, Debra – Journal of Extension, 2020
Super Star Chef is an experiential summer youth nutrition education and cooking program designed to enhance participants' nutrition knowledge, food preparation skills, cooking self-efficacy, and intention to eat more fruits and vegetables. In a program evaluation comprising a single-sample pretest-posttest design, participants' pretest and…
Descriptors: Nutrition Instruction, Youth Programs, Program Effectiveness, Summer Programs
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Henry, Emily N.; Munn, Becky – Journal of Extension, 2020
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers are among the fastest growing and highest paying, yet women are largely underrepresented in these fields, and many girls lack access to STEM opportunities in school. Oregon State University's Open Campus partners with the American Association of University Women to bring an experiential…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Females, Access to Education, Agency Cooperation
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Yelland, Erin; Piper, Jessie – Journal of Extension, 2020
Gray for a Day is an interactive educational curriculum that centers on use of an empathic model to improve knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to sensory and functional aging, empathy toward older adults, and one's own health behaviors. The program has been disseminated by Extension educators with varied audiences and evaluated with 2,440…
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Experiential Learning, Extension Education, Empathy
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Behnke, Andrew O.; Urieta, Diana M.; Duan, Siyu; Lewis, Zach – Journal of Extension, 2020
Preprogram and postprogram surveys of 241 Latinx 4-H youths from five counties in North Carolina provided a snapshot of their experiences in the Juntos 4-H program. The study findings demonstrate that Juntos 4-H has positive impacts on academics, college readiness, parent engagement, and community engagement. Suggestions are made to help Extension…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Program Effectiveness, Extension Education, Hispanic American Students
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Jayaratne, K. S. U.; Collins, Daniel P. – Journal of Extension, 2020
The purpose of the Delphi study described in this article was to determine barriers, challenges, and alternatives related to planning and implementing 4-H international visitor exchange programs. The Delphi panel comprised 21 Extension agents selected from two southeastern states on the basis of their experience and/or interest in international…
Descriptors: International Educational Exchange, Agricultural Education, Barriers, Program Development
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Wilkinson, Deanna L.; Carroll, Jan B. – Journal of Extension, 2019
The poster is a promising mechanism for inclusive scholarship. Inclusive scholarship provides direct opportunities for inclusion and representation. Community partner and youth participants in an urban gardening program were engaged in program-related scholarship via involvement in creation of a poster and its presentation at a community…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Youth Programs, Urban Areas, Gardening
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Murrah-Hanson, Laurie; Kelley, Brittani; Cantwell, Jennifer; Cheney, Jeremy – Journal of Extension, 2019
Georgia 4-H has been partnering with public schools for over 100 years to provide youth development programming for elementary, middle, and high schools. In 2013, a new state accountability system required the addition of career exploration lessons in elementary schools. Georgia 4-H staff and faculty developed a career curriculum taught by county…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Extension Education, School Community Programs, Public Schools
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Arnold, Mary E.; Davis, Jamie M.; Lundeberg, Roberta – Journal of Extension, 2017
In 2014 the Oregon 4-H program adopted a new program model to describe and evaluate the impact of 4-H on youths. The model is based on promoting thriving in young people, with an emphasis on high program quality. This article discusses the impact on thriving in 378 youth participants of the 4-H Summer Conference (4-HSC) program. The results of the…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Youth Opportunities, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
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Zimbroff, Andrew; Schlake, Marilyn R.; Anderson-Knott, Mindy; Eberle, Nancy; Vigna, Diane – Journal of Extension, 2017
Entrepreneurship is widely recognized as a driver of rural economic growth and community vitality. Nebraska Extension personnel developed a youth entrepreneurship curriculum--EntrepreneurShip Investigation (ESI)--for middle and high school students. This curriculum has been used at 4-H summer camps, for formal classroom and out-of-school…
Descriptors: Entrepreneurship, Youth Programs, Middle School Students, High School Students
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Skelton, Peter; Dormody, Tom; Lewis, Margaret – Journal of Extension, 2016
Improving youth science comprehension is critical to youth development, yet this intended outcome is often overlooked in terms of how Extension programs are delivered. The purpose of the study reported in this article was to determine through the assessment of potential student growth whether applying features of a youth science comprehension…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Extension Education, Achievement Gap, Science Achievement
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Wang, Hui-Hui; Billington, Barbara L. – Journal of Extension, 2016
This article addresses economically disadvantaged minority girls' knowledge and perceptions of science and engineering and the influence of their experiences with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) on their choices for future careers. We interviewed three girls who participated in a 4-H-led gender-inclusive STEM program. Our…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Economically Disadvantaged, Females, Knowledge Level
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Phelps, Joshua; Smith, Amanda; Parker, Stephany; Hermann, Janice – Journal of Extension, 2016
Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service provided elementary school students with a program that included a noncompetitive physical activity component: circuit training that combined cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility activities without requiring high skill levels. The intent was to improve fitness without focusing on body mass index as an…
Descriptors: Outcome Measures, Health Related Fitness, School Health Services, Extension Education
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