Conference topics: Youth Development


Conference Youth Development Track: 

Latin@/Latinx/Hispanic and other newcomer youth are often resilient and face the majority culture with cultural resources that ought to be studied more. As they become a larger proportion of the population in both rural and urban communities, we must understand, explore, and expand the research and best practices that can lead to the successful adaptation of out-of-school programs; moral and legal imperatives obligate us to ensure inclusive and appealing learning experiences that link to youths’ well-being and educational achievement. It is also necessary to understand and address the risk and protective factors shaping Latin@/Latinx/Hispanic youths’ experiences in the U.S. and pay particular attention to the cultural values and expectations that influence development.

This track brings together 4-H, extension specialists, researchers, and youth educators to review and engage developments in research, to share updates on implementation of best practices for including Latin@/Latinx/Hispanic and other new populations, and to work collaboratively to share these targeted curricula and projects. This year we especially welcome posters and presentation submissions that can aid in providing validation, safe spaces, and opportunities for DACA youth.

The Cambio de Colores conference is a multistate conference about integration of immigrants in new destinations in the Midwest. It is a professional development opportunity that engages practitioners, researchers, and those working with immigrant communities in sharing experiences and knowledge that facilitate the integration of immigrants in new settlement areas.

The 20th annual conference will take place in St. Louis on June 22-24, 2022.

The following themes provide the conference framework:
1. Change and Integration
2. Civil Rights and Political Participation
3. Education
4. Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
5. Health
6. Youth Development

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