Youth constructing bird nest boxes for Ornithology research

Youth constructing bird nest boxes for Ornithology research

Cornell Research Projects

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The 4-H After-School program at Wiley Intermediate School in Watertown is piloting the Nest Watch curriculum, 2015-2018.The students have built, placed, and observed bird houses along the hiking trail. The students have also received educational classroom instruction alongside the actual scientific learning.

Cornell University Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research

Cornell University Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research was awarded a Smith-Lever grant to help bridge the gap between research/practice and foster capacity for collaborative youth development research in New York State. The research grant is three years, 2017-2020. This research will provide more opportunities across the state within Extensions to connect more strongly with the University on research projects. The first activity undertaken is to attend 4-H District meetings around the state and conduct taped surveys in group settings. This should be finished by the end of the summer of 2017. The next step is a meeting in the Fall to analyze the results of this and identify the next steps.

Building Community Legacies Together (BCLT)

BCLT is an intergenerational research program for youth and older adults. It provides an opportunity for high school students to interview older adults about their advice for living. By pairing high school students and older adults, BCLT seeks to combat ageism, including youths’ attitudes towards elders and elders’ attitudes towards youth. The program gives older adults meaningful connections and the ability to pass on their knowledge to younger generations, which may decrease their sense of social isolation and increase their self-esteem and sense of purpose. The program curriculum includes background on older adults’ wisdom and training on interviewing techniques. The first year we worked with 10 youth and 10 adults at the Wiley Intermediate School in Watertown. The second year we worked with 20 youth and 20 adults at the Watertown City School District High School. In the fall of 2017 we will work with 30 youth and 30 adults at the Indian River Central High School. We are actively recruiting adults 65 years of age and older who would be interested in participating in this research project.

Healthy Transitions

Researchers have developed a curriculum for a hands-on activity to explore psychology that pairs with the research tasks. The research component is interested in the memories youth have of their experiences and the ways that they construct life narratives from these memories. Youth will then be given a survey to capture this. We conducted this at the STEM summer day camp and plan to also offer in the 4-H after-school programs in the 2017-2018 year.

Cornell University's Research Project on Children's Economic Decision Making

4th and 5th graders at LaFargeville Central School will participate in this project, which examines how children make decisions about money (e.g., would you rather have $1 today or $1.25 tomorrow)? There are three main reasons why children’s economic decision making is important: 1) We do not know much about how children learn about money and apply their knowledge. 2) Most American citizens and many policy makers believe poverty is caused by bad economic decision making. This could be accurate, but we suspect the opposite is more likely: people make bad economic decisions because they are poor. 3) The researchers hypothesize that one of the reasons poverty produces bad economic decision making is because of stress associated with growing up in poverty. 


Stephanie Graf
Youth, Family & Community Development Issue Leader
(315) 788-8450 ext. 251

Last updated October 28, 2017