A Framework for Providing Urban Programming

Several key points to consider when defining processes and resources to serve urban populations through outreach education.

Key Points

  1. Use effective delivery methods
  2. Address critical and relevant issues
  3. Partnership building is a necessity
  4. Understand and apply successful teaching methods
  5. Respect historical, political, geographic, economic and social values
  6. Understand how to access funding and resource support
  7. Base resource distribution on distinct urban characteristics and needs
  8. Provide professional development support for staff from institutions that specialize in urban-focused research and programming

Recommended Resources

Journal of Extension. Expanding Urban Programming. Benjamin H. Yep; May/June, 1981

Is Extension Relevant for the 21st Century? Nancy H. Bull, Lawrence S. Cote, Paul D. Warner, M. Ray McKinnie; 2004

Adult Education Theories: Informing Cooperative Extension's Transformation. Nancy Franz; February 2007

Exploring the Challenges for Extension Educators Working in Urban Communities. Nicole Webster, Patrese Ingram; June 2007

Building Political Support for Extension in the 21st Century. Patrick G. Boyle; Research Extension Partnership and ECOP

Charter of the New Urbanism. Congress for the New Urbanism; 2001.

Additional Resources

University of Missouri Extension has a website dedicated to community and economic development with various modules such as: diversity and inclusion, economic viability, leadership development, organizational development, planning and public policy.