encouraginG successes for underserved youth
For many youth, Indiana 4-H is often the front door to Purdue University and the vast opportunities it can offer them. Reaching Indiana’s underserved or underrepresented youth is of utmost importance.
Using grant funding and demographic data to determine where resources to help stop juvenile crime and delinquency are most needed, Indiana 4-H established the Youth and Families with Promise Extension program – including afterschool 4-H clubs, Family Night Out events, and mentoring programs – in East Chicago and Gary. All afterschool club participants increased social competency, and Lake County’s 4-H club, based in Gary, is Indiana’s fastest-growing, largely made up of first-generation 4-Hers.
Meanwhile, Allen County 4-H Educators created programs appealing to Fort Wayne’s population of Burmese immigrant youth. And in Indianapolis, grant funding allowed Marion County 4-H Educators to bring robotics lessons into a local mosque – instructing young Muslim girls in problem-solving skills, collaboration, and science, and inspiring them to consider futures in the field of engineering. Educators have furthered their partnership with Indianapolis’s Muslim community with an upcoming urban garden project in a K-12 Muslim school.