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4-H intern on The Chew with Carla Hall

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By Sheri Hall for the BCTR

news-4h-carlahall-inpostA 4-H intern from Brooklyn spent the day learning about cooking and entertainment from chef and TV personality Carla Hall thanks to a national 4-H mentoring program.

4-Her Jasmine Roberts is a dietician student at Brooklyn College. She spent a day shadowing Hall – a finalist on the cooking reality show Top Chef and co-host of the talk show The Chew – through the National 4-H Council's “Day in the Life Experience,” which connects youth with 4-H alumni.

Roberts is an intern with 4-H in New York City. She is currently mentoring high school students about the importance of nutrition and health through the 4-H Choose Health Action Teens program. She spent the day shadowing Hall at The Chew television set and then visiting Hall’s restaurant in Brooklyn.

Hall, herself, participated in 4-H cooking competitions as a youth, and said she appreciated the opportunity to give back to the program.

“Some of the skills I learned in 4-H that have helped me in life are being adventurous and trying something new,” she said. “Now, it’s about opening up the 4-Hers eyes to where they can go, and to the potential and to have no limitations.”

About 190,000 youth ages 5-19 participate in 4-H programs throughout New York each year. The program – housed in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research – serves as the youth outreach component of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

A major focus of 4-H is to help youth experience hands-on learning opportunities in science and technology, healthy living and civic engagement that help them grow into competent, caring and contributing members of society, says Andy Turner, New York State Leader for 4-H at Cornell University.

“Jasmine’s experience highlights core elements for 4-H,” he said. “It was hands-on and empowering.  You can see a powerful connection developing that could make a huge impact on how Jasmine thinks about her future goals.  That process of youth and adult partnership and mentoring lies at the heart of the 4-H program. “

 

The Chew’s Carla Hall Is Thankful for 4-H - Parade Magazine

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Talks at Twelve: David DuBois, Thursday, February 20, 2014

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Evidence-Based Practice for Promoting Positive Youth Development: A Critical Perspective
David DuBois, University of Illinois at Chicago

Thursday, February 20, 2014
12:00-1:00 PM
Nevin Welcome Center, Ten-Eyck Room, The Plantations, Cornell campus



This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available at the Plantations.

Numerous frameworks and sets of criteria have been advanced in recent years with the aim of identifying “What Works” for promoting positive youth development. In his talk, Professor DuBois will critically examine these efforts and in doing so will offer recommendations for improving their methodological and conceptual rigor as well as their practical utility.

 

David L. DuBois, PhD, is a professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences within the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research examines the contribution of protective factors, particularly self-esteem and mentoring relationships, to resilience and holistic positive development and on translating knowledge in this area to the design of effective youth programs.

Dr. DuBois has authored numerous peer-reviewed studies on these topics, including two widely-cited meta-analyses of the effectiveness of youth mentoring programs. He is lead co-editor of the Handbook of Youth Mentoring (Sage Publications, 2005; second edition forthcoming) and is co-author of After-School Centers and Youth Development: Case Studies of Success and Failure (Cambridge University Press, 2012), each of which received Social Policy book awards from the Society of Research on Adolescence.

Dr. DuBois's research has been funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, DHHS Office of Minority Health, and the Institute of Education Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Society for Community Research and Action as well as a past Distinguished Fellow of the William T. Grant Foundation. He received his doctorate in clinical-community psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. DuBois has served as a consultant and advisor to mentoring programs and organizations both nationally and internationally. He is the founder and moderator of the Youth Mentoring Research and Practice listserv, which includes over 600 members. He recently has assumed the roles of Chair of the Research Advisory Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Director of Research for the National Mentoring Resource Center. Dr. DuBois also has served as a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He lives in Chicago, Illinois, with his wife and three daughters.

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