This article describes a novel approach for introducing 4-H to non-traditional/diverse audiences using 4-H Food Challenge. Set in a low SES and minority-serving rural school, Food Challenge was presented during the school day to all 7th grade students, with almost half voluntarily participating in an after-school club component. Program design supported school-level STEM enrichment and career development priorities. Topics addressed ranged from food handling/safety to nutrition and cost analysis. Conclusions include a summary of student outcomes and recommendations for school and adult partnerships. Implications for reaching non-traditional 4-H audiences through non-competition formats are discussed.
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Dodd, S., Follmer-Reece, H. E., Kostina-Ritchey, E., & Reyna, R. (2015). Food Challenge: Serving Up 4-H to Non-Traditional Audiences. The Journal of Extension, 53(4), Article 1. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.53.04.01