The study described here evaluates existing preparedness of Extension unit leaders in one state to meet the needs of children, youth, and families at risk. Survey findings of a representative sample include how leaders perceive at-risk audiences and how they assess their own experience, knowledge, and interest in serving them. We report the specific audiences needing programming in local communities and the programming that currently exists for them. Findings also include the programming leaders would like to offer given unlimited resources. We discuss existing strengths and propose ways to further support these professionals in areas relevant to at-risk audiences.
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Wiley, A., Mbassa, A., & Zwilling, A. (2004). Illinois Extension's Readiness to Address Children, Youth, and Families at Risk. The Journal of Extension, 42(4), Article 13. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol42/iss4/13