University of Illinois Extension Serving Hispanics/Latinos -- Extension de la Universidad de Illinois Sirviendo a Hispanos/Latinos


en Español

University of Illinois Extension offers practical, research-based programs that help people improve their lives and address critical community issues involving children, youth, families, and businesses.

What are Extension programs?

Extension programs are educational programs offered by the University of Illinois for all people living in Illinois. Extension programs provide research-based information to enhance the quality of life for people living in Illinois.

What is University of Illinois Extension?

It is a part of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There are 76 Extension offices throughout Illinois providing services in four areas:
  • 4-H and Youth Development
    There are more than 200,000 Illinois youngsters participating in programs that help them succeed in school, develop life skills in leadership, public speaking, job interviews, and many other project areas. In these programs, children will learn skills they will use the rest of their lives.

  • Family and Consumer Sciences
    Hispanic families can learn about food safety, child care, budgeting, improving communication with children, and preventing health problems such as osteoporosis and heart disease. There are programs that teach families how to prepare nutritious food on a very limited income.

  • Community and Economic Development
    Through Extension programs, Hispanic small business owners, volunteer groups, community leaders and government officials can help to strengthen their communities. Programs focus on leadership, employment skills, home improvement, health, tourism and education. The more Hispanics participate in community activities, the more opportunities and benefits their families will have.

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
    Agriculture programs focus on landscape management, water quality, farm safety and safe pesticide use, and increased productivity in cash crops.

How can the Extension Specialist - Spanish Language Programming help you?

The Extension Specialist in Spanish Language Programming can:
  • Provide information about Extension programs for your clientele.
  • Conduct needs assessments on Hispanic concerns at community, county and state levels.
  • Teach staff and volunteers about Hispanic culture, and Extension programs.
  • Plan workshops and make public presentations related to educational programs for Hispanics.
  • Establish agreements to collaborate or exchange programs, materials or other resources between Extension and other organizations.