Santa Clara County
University of California
Santa Clara County

Latino Youth Development

From the Ground Up: Building Foundations for Engaging Underserved Populations and Places

A collaboration between UC ANR 4-H Youth Development Program and UC Davis Center for Regional Change seeks to identify effective practices for recruiting, engaging and sustaining the participation of Latino youth and families in youth programs.

To this end, the proposed project embodies three overarching goals:

  • To develop and build relationships with youth and community-based organizations currently serving under-represented youth populations well.
  • To identify new strategies that foster inclusion of underserved youth and families in the California 4-H Youth Development Program (YDP) by building on local interests and assets.
  • To build 4-H YDP academic and staff capacity to cultivate and sustain relationships with underserved populations.

A multi-site qualitative study is underway in Merced, Riverside and Santa Clara counties to address the following research questions:

  1. What are the effective practices in reaching, engaging and sustaining the participation of Latino youth in youth organizations?
  2. How can the 4-H YDP best contribute its resources to underserved young people’s development from the vantage point of diverse youth and their adult allies?
  3. Are there variations in these barriers and interests across individual localities and/or rural and urban contexts?
  4. To what extent are current 4-H YDP staff, volunteer and youth’s understandings of underserved young people’s barriers and interests aligned with those of youth and adult study participants?
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