Extension Associate,Sr
570 Lexington Avenue, 11th floor, NYC, NY 10022
Ithaca, New York
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
Human Development



Jackie Davis-Manigaulte is a Senior Extension Associate, Program Leader for Family and Youth Development and Director of Community Relations with Cornell University Cooperative Extension in New York City. She has extensive experience in the leadership, development and implementation of educational programs for youth and adult audiences. She has worked closely with colleagues and community leaders in New York City, New York State and throughout the country to create programs for youth and adults on topics related to nutrition and fitness; science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) education; environmental stewardship; clothing maintenance and recycling; positive  youth development; mentoring; parenting; gardening; hydroponics; youth entrepreneurship and community service. Under her leadership, the 4-H Youth Development Club Program was launched in New York City. Jackie has a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, a Masters of Arts in Home Economics from the School of Education at New York University, and a Doctor of Education from Columbia University/Teachers College in Adult Education which enables her to further pursue her interests related to youth development, leadership and organizational learning.  In her role as Director of Community Relations for CUCE-NYC, Jackie works with internal and external colleagues and partners to further enhance the organization's outreach in New York City.

I served as Principal Investigator on "Parenting the Second Time Around (PASTA)  Phase Two research project focused on the impact of implementation of nationally recognized  PASTA curriculum that provided training for  grandparents and other relatives who are raising grandchildren or other kin (18 years of age or younger).  This three year research project was funded by Hatch and Smith Lever Federal Formula Funds from October, 2014 through September, 2017.  This project is a follow up study based on my PASTA-NYC project that was conducted from October, 2011 - September, 2014. During the 2015-2016 program year, the PASTA -NYC project served as a case study for a CHE Department of Policy Analysis and Management (PAM) Capstone Class conducted by Professor. Maureen Waller and Eliza Cook.  The students presented quantitative and qualitative reports of program findings and recommendations to the key project collaborators, some of which were subsequently incorporated into programming.  In addition a webinar on PASTA-NYC was presented to Cooperative Extension Educators and is archived for future reference.  In September, 2016 a presentation about PASTA-NYC and the Capstone Class was presented during the annual Parenting Education In-Service for Extension Educators and other agency leaders.   Finally, a PASTA Reunion was held in Brooklyn NY.  Participants provided feedback on how they were impacted by the program and expressed the need for future learning opportunities to address issues such as dealing with children with special needs and behavioral issues, use of the Internet, and communication and "patience training".  Support for PASTA in NYC was provided by Human Ecology/ BCTR faculty members Dr. Rachel Dunifon, Dr Kim Kopko, and Eliza Lathrop Cook, and an advisory team that includes campus faculty and staff as well as several field based, experienced Cooperative Extension staff members and colleagues from local agencies.  While this project officially ended in September, 2017, the New York City Department for the Aging's Grandparents Resource Center has provided CUCE-NYC with funding to continue to provide kinship workshops based on the PASTA curriculum and stipends to the participants through December, 2018, and most recently for 2019 as well.  Other funding opportunities are currentlubeing explored. 


Book Chapter

1. Schusler, T., Davis-Manigaulte, J.A., Cutter-Mackenzie , A. (2017).  Positive Youth Development.   Chapter in Russ, A. and Krasny, M.E.  (Eds.) Urban Environmental Education Review, Cornell University Press,  June, 2017.  Chapter available on-line as part of ten-essay series Urban EE Essays, excerpted from Urban Environmental Education Review at:

2. Davis-Manigaulte, J.. (2012) Youth Development Network: A site for professional development of youth workers, in Advancing Youth Work: Critical Trends, Critical Questions, Fusco, Dana, editor, Routledge, New York/ London


Journal Article Refereed

1.Educational Reflective Practices edited by Franco Angeli, Numero 1/ 2011: “Sostenere lo sviluppo degli operatori nel settore dello sviluppo giovanile attraverso l’apprendimento critico riflessivo basato sull’azione” di Victoria J. Marsick e Jacqueline Davis-Manigaulte.


 Member of following Associations, Boards and Committees:

National Association of Extension 4-H Educators
New York State Network for Youth Success Board of Directors Member
New York State Youth Development Team - Committee Member
Cornell Research Program on Self-Injurious Behavior in Adolescents and Young Adults Advisory Team member
Cooperative Extension Parenting Education Program Work Team member
Cooperative Extension Risks and Thriving in Adolescence Program Work Team member
Cooperative Extension Youth Healthy Eating and Active Living Program Work Team member
New York City Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Work Group and Steering Committee member; Co-chair of Parent Engagement Committee
NYC STEM Learning Ecosystem Project member
New York State Network for Youth Success Capacity Building Advisory Committee co-chair
Affiliate Member of National Association of Family & Consumer Sciences

As a Senior Extension Associate with Cornell University Cooperative Extension in New York City, I serve as Director of Community Relations and  Program Leader for the Family and Youth Development program area.  We are currently conducting several outreach projects in collaboration with Human Ecology faculty and staff, as well as organizations and community partners in New York City.  Our outreach efforts fall within the categories of Healthy Living; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM); Youth Leadership and Community Service; and Parenting Education.  We are currently a partner with the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR) on the Assets Coming Together (ACT) Center for Community Action initiatives that provide training, technical assistance and evaluation support for NYS Department of Health adolescent health programs throughout the state.  

In addition, we are  funded to conduct research on grandparents and other kinship caregivers including caregivers of children with special needs and Spanish speaking families.  In Spring, 2016 CHE Department of Policy Analysis and Management's Capstone class students presented findings and recommendations based on their analysis of data from the PASTA-NYC project.  In September, 2016 we conducted a PASTA Reunion with former PASTA program participants who shared that they were listening and more open with their children; and interesed in future programs related to dealing with children with special needs and behavioral issues, the internet, and communication/ patience. The PASTA project ended in September, 2017, and while during the last phase there were challenges obtaining participants for the experimental and control groups needed at each site, it was evident that was interest among kinship caregivers in receiving this information.  As a result, the NYC Dept for the Aging's Grandparents Resource Center granted CUCE-NYC funds to continue to offer this program to kinship caregivers in NYC through 2018 and 2019.  

The Family & Youth Development Program implemented a  three of the JUNTOS project, which  provided support for 60 Hispanic middle schoolers' successful transition to high school and college, we continue to work with youth from the first two JUNTOS cohorts.  We work closely with the NYC Department of Education staff at MS 390 in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx on this program.  The youth attended high school fairs, visit local colleges such as the City University of New York at York College and Long Island 4-H teens conducted sessions on healthy eating and active living for 430 youth in Community Based Organizations throughout NYC, as part of United Health Care Food Smart Famllies, which is operating in New York City and three other counties in NYS.  This project was also supported by Smith Lever Capacity Building funds and an Exchange Cornell Grant which allowed CUCE-NYC to hire two outstanding Cornell students to work with the teens and youth during the summer.  I serve as PI of the UHC project for NYS and for the NYS 4-H National Mentoring Program.  Both of these projects involve numerous collaborations with schools, colleges, local agencies, and businesses.

I am also an active member of several networks that engage educators, youth development agency leaders, foundations, and cultural institutions such as the NYS Network for Youth Success, the NYC STEM Network, the NYC Department of Education and University Partners Group, and the National Urban Extension Leaders NE Regional Caucus, and well as several Cornell Cooperative Extension Program Work Teams.   

The Family & Youth Development Program in NYC implements  other 4-H Club program and Youth Development and Parenting projects, which are described on our website:


I work with students who are interested in real world application of the human development concepts they learn about in their courses on campus.  Students have worked on summer projects where they are engaged in proposal development; focus group preparation, recruitment and implementation; direct interaction in formal and informal settings with youth and adults in summer learning settings; or in a variety of agencies that serve families and communities throughout New York City.  In each case, students are oriented and supported while preparing for their experiences.  With time for reflection and discussion afterwards.


2008                            Ed.D.              Columbia University – Teacher’s College

1983                            M.S.                 New York University  - School of Culture, Education, 
                                                                                                 and Human Development 
1972                            B.S.                 Cornell University – College of Human Ecology

As Program Leader for Cornell University Cooperative Extension NYC's Family & Youth Development program area, Dr. Davis-Manigaulte is responsible for overall leadership for the program area including planning, implementation and evaluation.  A major responsibility is to develop relationships within Cornell, with other institutions/ organizations in the community as well as with key legislators and other decision-makers to build program support.  Administrative tasks include supervision of 3 full time professional staff, and 2 part time program assistants.  She also provides administrative management of the program area in fiscal and personnel matters, including fund development.  She currently serves as Principle Investigator on two statewide grants, as well as PI for several federal, state and locally funded Family and Youth Development initiatives in New York City.  In addition she serves as Director of Community Relations for CUCE-NYC.

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