The Minnesota Children, Youth, and Families At Risk Project
Minnesota 4-H Youth Development provides leadership to the Minnesota CYFAR Project, which is funded by CYFAR's Sustainable Communities Project (SCP) grant cycle. Led by principal investigator Jennifer Skuza and Extension educator Joanna Tzenis, CYFAR provides young people with opportunities to imagine their future in higher education and to set and achieve educational goals together with their peers, program leaders and parents or guardians.
The CYFAR SCP grant cycle aims to build long-term programs and partnerships with a five-year federal grant.
Urban 4-H STEM Club program design
Urban 4-H STEM Clubs are intended to ignite middle school aged youths’ interests in learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) while preparing them for higher education. In the clubs, youth solve practical and scientific engineering problems by learning how to ask questions, imagine solutions, plan things out, create new ideas, optimize designs and improve practices. Youth will also engage in a sequence of activities that equip them with the mindset and personal leadership skills needed to pursue higher education and careers. Throughout the program, youth develop a portfolio that captures their growth over time and present it at public showcase events.
Campus Immersion Program
Each summer youth will participant in a University of Minnesota campus immersion where they will learn about student life, explore academic interests, identify the steps toward college readiness, and meet faculty and students in STEM fields.
Sites and partners
Northeast Middle School
- Youth will exhibit growth in knowledge and interest around STEM subjects.
- Youth will demonstrate growth in critical thinking and decision making skills that form habits that can lead to educational and career success.
- Parents/guardians will engage with their children on setting and obtaining common education goals.
- Youth will demonstrate growth in technological literacy.
- Youth will create a personal plan for higher education and career development related to STEM subjects.
- The youth programs will be sustained by the community members and community organizational partners.
For more information, contact:
Jennifer Skuza, PhD. (email@example.com) 1-612-624-7798
Joanna Tzenis (firstname.lastname@example.org) 1-612-625-9771