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Positive Differences for Iowa Communities

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This article is from the ISU Extension 2005 Annual Report.


Five years ago, Sioux City’s Westside families lived in poverty without access to or knowledge of needed resources. Perry’s Hispanic population was rapidly growing, as were the needs for communication and understanding between long-time residents and Latinos.


Since then, Extension’s Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) grant projects and program coordinators have created positive resources and built foundations for future outreach in these communities.


Sioux City’s Westside Resource Center had 240 walk-in clients in 2001. Outreach, programs and activities made possible by the CYFAR grant, in concert with Crittenton Center resources, have increased that number to 1,253 in 2005. “We are a one-stop shop for good family skills — from our computer lab access and training to parenting classes that use research-based curricula,” said Monica Rosenthal, center coordinator.


Tony Sweet, a member of Hispanics United for Perry, said, “Community activities, educational programs and Extension personnel are guiding us. We are learning to acknowledge, respect and use diversity to bring people together for a common goal. It has given us a clear idea of what we need to be as a community.”

See ISU Extension’s 2005 Annual Report for more examples of how ISU Extension is advancing Iowa’s economic vitality and improving quality of life.


Contacts :

Laura Sternweis, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu