First Generation 4-H Families Initiative
The First Generation 4-H Families Initiative at Kansas State University, K-State Research and Extension (KSRE) is addressing the changing demographics across Kansas and engaging new and underserved youth.
The KSRE 4-H Youth Development program is growing in Kansas by building staff capacity; engaging bilingual and bicultural interns to assist in reaching new families; designing culturally sensitive programming; and using research-based strategies that attract and prepare volunteers to meet the demand. The goal of the initiative is to 1) pilot and establish new clubs in which the youth fully participate in KSRE 4-H projects and experiences that are relevant to their bicultural identity; 2) provide training and guidance to help staff and volunteers become culturally sensitive, and 3) examine systems and processes that help KSRE 4-H youth development achieve the goals of the project and build sustainability for the future.
As part of the First Generation 4-H Families initiative, youth participate in local and regional KSRE 4-H youth development events and in programs on the Kansas State University campus. Parents report that they value the KSRE 4-H program and the experiences prepare their children to think about and set goals for the future, become acquainted with opportunities for college and career readiness and become more socially integrated into their communities through service.
As a public/private partnership, the First Generation 4-H Families initiative brings critical resources, expertise and shared learning together to shape an innovative model for reaching new and underserved youth and adult audiences across the state.