Nationally, the 4-H Youth Development Program utilizes more than 350,000 adult volunteers annually, and 25% of the nation’s K-12 students identify as Hispanic or Latino; however, there is a dearth of published literature on Latino volunteerism in the 4-H Youth Development Program. Developmental relationships, a critical component of realizing youth development outcomes, are enhanced when adults and young people share cultural values and identity markers. The Cooperative Extension System has an obligation to reach a diverse audience and ensure program participation reflects the demographics of the communities in which youth live. We review the literature on Latino volunteerism in 4-H, share what we learned implementing the 2016-2019 University of California 4-H Latino Initiative, and provide our reflections and recommendations.
Worker, S. M., Fábregas Janeiro, M. G., & Schmitt-McQuitty, L. (2021). Latino Volunteerism in the 4-H Youth Development Program. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 9(3), 13. https://scholarsjunction.msstate.edu/jhse/vol9/iss3/13
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