4-H Bloco Drum and Dance is an afterschool program that teaches adolescents drumming, dancing, and theater arts in the rich traditions of Brazilian Carnaval. Teens learn to express themselves in a variety of modalities and perform at community events. The program was developed by a community coalition that included 4-H, other youth programs, and the school district. Most program participants are Latino, high-risk youth. Program evaluation revealed that 4-H Bloco has positive impacts with regard to cultural appreciation, gang-related attitudes and awareness, health awareness, exercise, and nutrition. Bloco demonstrates the value of culturally relevant arts education in Extension youth programming.
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Conklin-Ginop, E., Braverman, M. T., Caruso, R., & Bone, D. (2011). Bringing Carnaval Drum and Dance Traditions into 4-H Programming for Latino Youth. The Journal of Extension, 49(4), Article 12. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol49/iss4/12