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Nov 14, 2022

From 4-H Agent to Graduate Student: Meet Crystal Starkes

In our November student spotlight, we are featuring Crystal Starkes, a YFCS graduate student. She discusses her path from 4-H agent to future doctoral student. 

Oct 31, 2022

Helping Children Thrive: Taylor McDonald’s Mission

Taylor McDonald, alumni of the YFCS program, discusses her mission of assisting children to thrive and how NC State helped her get there. 

Oct 12, 2022

Spotlight on Hope: Talking to Children and Youth About Race and Racism

Welcome to the Spotlight on Hope blog, which will address pressing family issues in our research, teaching, and extension, as we work to empower youth, families, and communities. For our fourth entry, Dr. Maru Gonzalez will explore the struggles parents and caregivers experience while discussing race and racism. 

NC State brick logo on a wall in Talley Student Union.

Sep 21, 2022

AHS Alumni Recognized at CALS Alumni Awards

Three alumni of the Agricultural and Human Sciences Department were recognized at the annual CALS Alumni Awards ceremony this month. 

Sep 12, 2022

YFCS Graduate Student Awarded the Friday Medal

Joann Blumenfeld, a YFCS Graduate Certificate student, was awarded the 2022 Friday Medal from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. 

diverse people in a circle with peace signs.

Sep 9, 2022

Helping Children and Families Navigate Grief

YFCS student with a passion for helping children navigate and cope with grief and loss shares her career path and future plans. 

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Aug 29, 2022

Kendra Dowen – Why I Chose a Career in Youth, Family, & Community Sciences

Kendra Dowen discusses why she chose a career in youth, family and community sciences in our next AHS Alumni Spotlight. 

steel wolf on campus

Aug 17, 2022

Jamie Alexander: The Purpose-Driven YFCS Agent of Change

For the August faculty feature, we have Dr. Jamie Alexander. She discusses her path from graduating from the YFCS program to becoming a faculty member in the same program. 

Jul 13, 2022

AHS July Blog: Addressing the Need for Low-Cost Mental Health Services

In the July blog post, YFCS Alumni Dawn M. Holmes discusses how she shifted her career to focus on offering low-cost mental health services to individuals and families in need. 

Jul 11, 2022

A Caregiver’s Guide to Supporting Latino LGBTQ+ Youth

Maru Gonzalez, along with colleagues at SHIFT NC, has created a resource guide to assist parents, caregivers and loved ones of Latino LGBTQ+ Youth.