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Jackie de Batista

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

University of Illinois Extension
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006

Jackie de Batista is the 4-H Youth Development Educator for Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties. She has a bachelor of science in wildlife ecology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master of art in environmental studies, sustainable development and policy from University of Illinois-Springfield.

De Batista has extensive experience working with youth in various environmental education and leadership training programs including Young Explorers, Ag in the Classroom, Arbor Day, and Illinois Sustainable Schools Initiative. She also specializes in multicultural programming and Latino outreach.

Prior to joining Extension, De Batista worked extensively with youth, integrating her background in natural resource conservation with youth-based educational program design and implementation. Her professional experience includes Atwood Environmental Center, the Natural Land Institute, the United States Peace Corps Panama Environmental Education program, and Panama Verde.