Citizen Science as an Instrument for Youth Development

A joint project with Cooperative Extension of Onondaga, Suffolk, and Orleans Counties

LACE Participants performing gardening work
Citizen Science as an Instrument for Youth Development is a pilot project in New York State funded by Smith Lever. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension, is developing projects in three communities — focused primarily on Latino youth.

Participants working on the bench and garden
Young people plan and implement community projects that involve creation or improvement of habitat for birds, monitoring the green space using the Celebrate Urban Birds citizen science project, and community engagement.  They also have opportunities to showcase their projects via the web, at the Cornell Lab, and at the New York State Fair. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Cornell Cooperative extension provide guidance and support.

    • The project’s goals include:

 

    • Participants performing clean up work

    • Participation in science and technology
    • Healthy living through positive experiences with the outdoors
    • Community and family engagement through youth-led, multi-generational efforts to create neighborhood events and improvement activities

Check out the links below to learn more about the Youth Summit or any of our community projects!