PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – Dr. Rukeia Draw-Hood has recently joined the Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program as program leader for 4-H and Youth Development.
Her primary responsibilities include providing programmatic, fiscal oversight and management to the 4-H program area and supervising headquarters and county 4-H staffs.
“I am excited about engaging communities with diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds to help increase our 4-H club enrollment as well as to expose youth from these backgrounds to traditional as well as innovative science and technology 4-H projects,” said Dr. Draw-Hood.
Dr. Draw-Hood brings to the program a wealth of experience as an Extension educator. She is formerly a district educator in 4-H Youth Development with Michigan State University where she directed the nation’s first urban 4-H Community Center.
Dr. Draw-Hood also was the Mentoring Programs Coordinator for Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream, Illinois where she provided volunteer recruitment and coordination services, case management for youth and their families, event planning, and facilitation of advisory boards.
Having always been an innovator, Dr. Draw-Hood received an achievement award from the Michigan Association of Extension 4-H Youth Staff in 2009 for her work with local school systems and collaborative research with university faculty. She also served as Children’s Program Director for the Mohawk Public Housing Complex with Youth at Heart in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she taught life-skills, introduced service-learning and coordinated tutoring and field trips.
Dr. Draw-Hood has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Oral Roberts University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Studies from Trinity International University.