University of California 4-H Latino Initiative: Experiences of Bicultural and Bilingual Staff


  • Steven M. Worker University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • María G. Fábregas Janeiro University of Missouri, Extension
  • Claudia P. Diaz Carrasco University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Katherine E. Soule University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources



Latino youth development, diversity initiative


We report data from the first year of an initiative to engage Latino youth and families in the 4-H Youth Development Program, managed by the University of California. Through qualitative questionnaires and focus group interviews, we analyzed experiences of 6 new bilingual and bicultural program staff, hired specifically to implement youth development programming to reach Latino youth. Staff reported a steep learning curve, with competing demands to build relationships, engage youth, and show results. Lessons learned may help shape activities that other youth development programs may consider in similar efforts.

Author Biography

Steven M. Worker, University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Associate Cooperative Extension Advisor, Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties


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