Some of the programs that support the ISU 4U Promise include:
Young Scientists and Ambitious Teachers Improving Health in an Urban Ecosystem
This 5-year project, called the Urban Ecosystems project for short, is funded by the National Institutes of Health
(Science Education Partnership Award). The Urban Ecosystems project is aimed at interrupting the reproduction of educational and health disparities in a low-income, urban context, through participatory inquiry focused on mosquitoes and human health. The work is centered in the ISU 4U Promise school communities, as part of our partnership to enhance college-going for students historically excluded from higher education. In addition, the project aims to provide pre-service teachers with understandings of ambitious and authentic science teaching through a community-based model that engages stakeholders in participatory action research and citizen science.
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Design Dialogues: Planning with African-American and Latino Youth and Parents for Educational and Environmental Development
African-Americans and Latinos experience lower rates of academic success and college attainment compared to other racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Members of the College of Human Sciences faculty are partnering with their peers in the College of Design to implement a community planning model. The community planning project will identify and discuss barriers to — and enablers of — African-American and Latino youth’s academic success and college attainment. The planning model has successfully assisted ethnic minority residents and business owners in developing neighborhood improvement plans. Findings from this “Design Dialogues: Planning with African-American and Latino Youth and Parents for Educational and Environmental Development” project will inform three current research, education, and outreach projects in Des Moines, and serve as pilot data for a grant proposal to extend this work.
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Juntos Para una Mejor Educación (Together for a Better Education) and Success for At-Risk Youth in Iowa Communities
With support from a USDA Child, Youth, and Families at Risk grant, Iowa State Human Development and Family Studies associate professor Kim Greder is overseeing college-going workshops for families who wish to support their children’s academic futures. Based on the Juntos (Together for a Better Education) model, the workshops will provide support for children after the fifth grade.