University of Illinois Extension

Ancilla Parducci, Ph.D.
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
State 4-H Office
801 N. Country Fair Drive
Suite E
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217-333-0910
FAX: 217-333-9287
parducci@illinois.edu

Ancilla Parducci, Ph.D. provides programming for the University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development Program for the Northwest Region. She has a bachelor of arts in fashion merchandising from Valparaiso University, a master's in secondary education from Ball State University, and a doctorate degree in family relations from Florida State University.

Parducci currently specializes in 4-H youth development programming for youth and families, leadership development, curriculum development, and agency coalition building. Based in the Quad City Extension Center, she works with county Extension staff and others to design educational programs based on needs assessment and local and national trends. Parducci has worked with at-risk youth for more than 10 years, and has an emphasis in working with diverse at-risk audiences.

Program Offerings

As an Extension Educator in Youth Development, Parducci delivers educational programs for youth and families, as well as for teachers, volunteers and other professionals who interact with youth and families.

College 101: Making the transition from high school to college can be one of the biggest challenges in life. The first year dropout rate stands at 26 percent nationally. This new program will help college-bound high school seniors succeed in college. Parents will love it too! College 101 is a CD-ROM based, that includes "live on-the-street" video advice from current college students. Nobody wants to read a book on college survival. So here's a great alternative with a real YouTube appeal.

Healthy Relationships: In trying to help youth create healthier relationships with others, Parducci works with junior high and high school youth, as well as teachers to discuss the components of healthy dating relationships. Ranging from communication skills to attraction and values, Parducci helps youth understand the importance of having healthy dating relationships.

Diversity Education: Parducci provides training for youth and adults on understanding diversity, generation differences, and the similarities and differences of different cultures. Training topics include: generations gaps, cross-cultural communication, dealing with stereotypes and prejudices, and making change in yourself and community.

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