Kristy Ouellette, PhD ’21, Wins Dissertation Award

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Kristy Ouellette, PhD ’21

University of Maine Extension 4-H professor Kristy Ouellette won the Susan Barkman Research and Evaluation Award for her 2021 dissertation study, “Understanding the Perspectives of First Generation 4-H Members.” Ouellette’s study involved 12 first-generation Maine 4-H members, ages 14–19, whose demographics were similar to state 4-H enrollment figures. Results of the study suggest that the 4-H program model provides connections and opportunities for young people that they would otherwise not typically access. In addition, because 4-H staff and volunteers play critical roles in creating connections and relationships with young people, adults must come to understand each individual and suggest experiences that support each young person’s goals and potential.