Alternative Spring Break: Building Skills in Rural Youth and OSU Students Simultaneously

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2017-05-03

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Ohio State University. Office of Outreach and Engagement

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OSU Extension Vinton County collaborates with the Buck-I-Serv program to deliver college experiences to rural youth. Extension community engagement and outreach can be strengthened by developing relationships and using college connections for youth education. Ohio's Appalachian region has historically faced severe economic challenges including many students who are first-generation college students from small, rural communities. First-generation students often face challenges adjusting to college life, because their family lacks "what to expect" at college experiences.

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IMPACT. 1: OSU Students educate over 1,400 youth (grades 3-11) each year during their week-long visit and the Alternative Spring Break program is included in the district's Career Advising Plan for all students. -- 2. 86% of youth served indicated on the post-test an increase in knowledge about post-secondary options. -- 3. 91% indicate knowing someone after the visit that attended college and can answer their questions about college.
OSU PARTNERS: Office of Student Life Buck-I-Serv program; OSU Extension - Vinton County
COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Vinton County Local Schools; Vinton County Marketing Director; Vinton County Extension Advisory Committee; Lake Hope State Park
PRIMARY CONTACT: Travis West (west.222@osu.edu)

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Engaged Scholars, v. 5 (2017).