for people ages 9-18 (full criteria)
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at Davis, California
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This project will serve adolescents from low-income and historically underserved communities through expansion of existing after-school programs. Adolescents from these communities tend to have slower academic progression and higher high school dropout rates. Extracurricular activities, including informal education through after-school programming, have been suggested to improve these rates and increase college enrollment by supporting traditional classroom-based education. The proposed project aims to educate high school-aged adolescents in food, agriculture, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences through informal food literacy education. The project also includes a two-tiered cross-age teaching model, allowing for adolescents to be educated by college interns and to become educators for younger youth. Existing curricula, that encompass FANH sciences, will be utilized at each stage of the project. The purpose of the project is not only to educate adolescents in FANH sciences, but also to advance their motivation and efficacy for graduating high school, attending college, and majoring in FANH sciences. The project aims to accomplish these objectives through empowering adolescents to obtain knowledge, skills, and excitement for food literacy. As this model has not been utilized previously, this project will produce a best practices guide for implementing the existing curricula within a two-tiered cross-age teaching model. Additionally, the college internship and mentoring program created through this project will be continued at the initial sites and expanded to other communities. This will allow for a sustainable approach to educating adolescents in FANH sciences and providing mentorship that encourages future enrollment in college.

Official Title

Evaluation of a Two-tiered Cross-age Teaching Model for Food Literacy-based Education


Food Literacy; Adolescent Health; Cross-age Teaching; Nutrition Education; Experiential Learning Science for Life Williams Implementation Pittsburg Implementation


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Open to people ages 9-18

  • There are two groups of participants (adolescents and younger youth) that will be recruited for this study. Adolescent participants must be high school-aged, approximately 13-17 years. Younger youth must be upper elementary school-aged, approximately 9-12 years. Participants for both age groups will be recruited from existing afterschool programs within each participating school district. Comparison youth for both age groups will be recruited from other students within the same school districts.

For the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years, the participating school districts will be in Pittsburg and Williams, California.

You CAN'T join if...

  • Youth from other school districts


  • University of California, Davis
    Davis California 95616 United States


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