A local 4-H youth development program with the Oregon State University Extension Service was recently recognized at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities annual meeting, held Nov. 12 in Washington, D.C.
Patricia Dawson, 4-H faculty at the OSU Extension in Pendleton, accepted the National Extension Diversity Award on behalf of the 4-H youth development educators at OSU Extension Service for its “Attitudes for Success Youth Leadership Program.” Dawson has worked with the program since 1989, said Mary Corp, OSU regional coordinator.
Since its inception, more than 9,000 Hispanic and American Indian youths have participated in the “Attitudes for Success” program. In addition, more than 950 students have served as youth council officers and 270 professionals, including university and college personnel from institutions located across the Pacific Northwest, have volunteered as presenters.
Local mentors assist the youths in leadership engagement such as running for student body officer positions or planning community events. As a result of the impact, longevity, and the availability of curriculum and evaluation tools, the program is being replicated to other states.
The Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture have sponsored Excellence in Extension and National Diversity awards since 1991. For more information, visit www.extension.org/ecop.