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Exploring the feasibility of developing partnerships between Hispanic-serving organizations and the 4-H clubs in the state of Texas, in both urban and rural communities
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The primary purpose of this study was to explore the phics. feasibility of developing partnerships between Hispanic-serving organizations and the 4-H club in both rural and urban areas in the state of Texas. The study also identified existing and non-existing Hispanic-serving organizations in the state of Texas, current relationships between Hispanic-service organizations and the 4-H program in the state of Texas, and benefits that can arise between these partnerships. The study was conducted during late spring and early summer, 1998. The target sample for this study was three hundred forty Hispanic-serving organizations in the state of Texas. There were eight Hispanic-serving organization directories that were used as the sampling frame for the study. The instrument used consisted of fifteen questions to determine familiarity of 4-H clubs, programs that focus on youth, youth and volunteer training, and current and potential collaboration between the 4-H program and Hispanic-serving organizations. The questionnaire also included two open-ended questions regarding benefits and alternative practices. l . The majority of the surveys came from urban areas where there were more Hispanic serving organizations to cater to the needs of the Hispanic population. The areas were Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. 2. 75 percent of all organizations that responded to the survey were involved in service to youth in some form or fashion. The Hispanic-serving organizations that responded to the survey did not dedicate sufficient time (determined by the researcher) to the four main components of the 4-H program (leadership, youth training programs, public speaking, and community service). 4. Hispanic-serving organizations showed some familiarity with the 4-H program. However, 4-H is still seen as a club for the youth that live on a farm or rich. 5. Less than eve percent of Hispanic-serving organizations were currently working with the local 4-H program in their communities. Organizations are unsure as to what 4-H can provide to their community. 6. More than 50 percent of the Hispanic-serving organizations that responded to the survey were interested in developing a partnership with the 4-H club.
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Rodriguez, Reyes Isaac (1998). Exploring the feasibility of developing partnerships between Hispanic-serving organizations and the 4-H clubs in the state of Texas, in both urban and rural communities. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from
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