Extension Professional Staff
Jackie de Batista
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
Jo Daviess/Stephenson/Winnebago Unit
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Expert in: youth education, youth leadership, STEM education, environmental education, sustainability, natural resource conservation, Latino outreach
Jackie de Batista equips youth with the critical skills they need to address pressing issues of our time through innovative programming specializing in cultural awareness and tolerance, environmental education, and college and career readiness. Jackie engages with diverse members of the community to build trust, relationships and pathways for collaboration that will positively impact youth. She provides leadership to local youth development staff to ensure programmatic efforts and resources are relevant, impactful and equitably distributed.
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.