4-H Portable Challenge Training at Brooks Memorial State Park (ELC)
The Klickitat County 4-H Program and Washington State Parks and Recreation at Brooks Memorial State Park will be hosting a 4-H Portable Challenge Training from April 11 - 13, (Friday through Sunday) at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) at the state park near Goldendale, WA. Interested adults (must be screened upon application), 4-H teen leaders, 4-H club leaders and any adult that works with youth (church youth leaders, school counselors, prevention intervention specialists, etc.) can attend.
Registration cost for participants is $250.00 plus current book price (about $40), (scholarships available, if needed). The cost for AmeriCorps, current 4-H leaders, and other extension volunteers and staff is $60.00 plus the book cost. There is no cost for youth 16-18 years old. Participants can gain valuable information from this training that can be used in classroom, boardroom, club, work and family settings.
This three-day intensive program is designed to increase participants' knowledge about facilitating team building and leadership development activities. Learning will take place through information sessions, involvement in cooperative, challenge activities as both a participant and a facilitator, with opportunities for feedback, and group discussion. Topics to be covered include: selection and sequencing of appropriate activities based on group characteristics; stage of development, time, and resources; leading safe challenge activities; methods of facilitating inclusion, participation in activities, and successful debriefs; ‘what if' situations and question and answer sessions; and hot tips drawn from experience.
Contact Lisa Harness at 509-773-5817 or firstname.lastname@example.org for registration forms and information.
4-H Portable Challenge Training
San Juan County is hosting a 4-H Portable Challenge Training on April 18-20. For more information contact Vicki Hebert at email@example.com.
“Porkapalooza” Education Day Planned For Market Swine Project Youth
The Second Annual Porkapalooza will be held at the Klickitat County Fairgrounds in Goldendale, WA on May 31 from 8:30 AM to 4 PM. Workshop topics will include:
- fitting and showing,
- herd health,
- quality assurance,
- feeding and nutrition,
- and record keeping.
Some workshops will be repeated so they can be appropriate for the audience's age and experience. Parents and adults are also encouraged to attend.
Registration will begin at 8:30 AM on May 31 and programming will start at 9 AM. A barbecue pork sandwich lunch will be provided at noon. The afternoon workshops will be presented from 1 PM to 4 PM. An optional Skillathon will be available for youth to engage in during the day. Pre-registration of $5 is required by May 16; scholarships are available. Registration includes lunch and an educational packet. Door prizes will be given away as well.
Volunteer Training Module II – Emphasis on Positive Youth Development
Module II of the online Volunteer Training Modules holds information about Positive Youth Development – the basis of the 4-H Youth Development Program. You will find sections in Module II that teach about:
- Four Essential Elements of 4-H
- Stages of Youth Development
- Characteristics of Developmental Stages
- Three Basic Models of Youth Development
- Adult Attitudes Towards Youth Participation
- Tips for Working with Youth as Partners
- Leadership Styles
- Vibrant Youth Groups
To find the Volunteer Training Modules on our website – click on “Staff” on our homepage. Check it out before your next new leader orientation!
Photos Needed For 4-H Website!
We are looking for any 4-H related photos to be used on the state website. If you have photos of your county 4-H events and activities that you would be willing to share with us, we would love to receive them. For website use, the pixel resolution can be fairly low – 72 dpi, or higher. We can only accept photos that have a “permission for use” form on file in your office. If you have photos to share, please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We could specifically use the following subjects:
- Volunteers working with kids
- Action shots
- Kids participating in specific projects
- Diversity in 4-H
Announcing 2008 4-H ATV Safety Grant Awards
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs
On behalf of National 4-H Council and the ATV Safety Institute (ASI), I am pleased to announce the recipients of the 2008 4-H ATV Safety grants. Congratulations are extended to:
State Level 4-H ASI ATV Rider Coursesm Grantees:
- AL , State Office, Emily Kling
- AR, State Office, Mike Klumpp
- NC, State Office, Jimo Ibrahim
- NE, State Office, SE Research & Ext. District, Bob Meduna
- OH, State Office, Randall Reeder & Dee Jepsen
- OR, State Office, David White
4-H ATV Safety Education Community Grantees:
- AR, Saline County , Angela Freel
- AR, White County , Amy Heck
- FL, Alachua County , Lorraine Williams, Volunteer
- LA, State Office, David Boldt
- MN, Fillmore, Houston , & Winona Counties , Nicole Pokorney
- MS, State Office, Larry Alexander
- PR, Humacao County , Carlos Gautier
- WA, Snohomish County, Kirk Swain - Congratulations to Snohomish County!
- WI, Crawford County , Amy Mitchell
- WV, State Office, Donna Patton
For more information on the excellent programs planned by the 2008 4-H ATV Safety Grantees, please visit www.atv-youth.org.
We look forward to the impact these programs will have upon young people and their families.
Congratulations to our grantees and best wishes for success!
Mini-Grants for On-Line Program Development
On-line delivery of educational content will be an important part of our future program delivery system. WSU Extension, in close cooperation with the Center for Distance and Professional Education, is offering a limited number of mini-grants to support development of new on-line interactive extension programs. These mini-grants will help WSU Extension faculty apply state-of-the-art on-line teaching technologies to create high-quality educational experiences for defined audiences. Funded concepts will be developed in collaboration with the Center for Distance and Professional Education and leverage their experience in educational design and on-line delivery. Successful proposals must demonstrate the following:
- Alignment with WSU Extension strategic goals
- A well defined target audience that can be effectively reached through on-line technologies
- Market potential for the content (opportunity to generate revenues from sale of programming)
- Appropriateness for on-line delivery
- A clear plan for maintaining content and interacting with on-line learners
- Potential for leveraging other funds
The request for proposals will be sent to you today via the All Extension email list. The deadline for responding to this request for proposals is May 1, 2008. If you have questions, contact John Winder 509-335-2933 or email@example.com.
Posters From Second Photo Shoot Now Available!
How better to highlight the important work of WSU Extension than to highlight the people doing that work? Now, you can feature some of our organization's most effective educators on the walls of your office, hallway or conference room with new marketing posters developed from the second WSU Extension photo shoot held last summer. You can purchase framed versions of any or all of the posters for both photo shoots at http://ext.wsu.edu/marketing/prototype/posters.htm. Orders take approximately 2-3 weeks for delivery. What a great way to showcase Extension and the great work we do! Hang them proudly!
Digital Photo Archive Open for Business
For more than a year, a team from Extension Communications and Education Support and Marketing and News Services has been building a searchable, online archive of digital images for use by faculty and staff as well as the public and the news media.
The collection includes more than 900 images on a wide variety of topics taken by WSU faculty and staff over many years. You are welcome to use these images in newsletters, flyers, etc., but please read the Use Statement first.
EMG marketing images are housed on the site as well, but their use is restricted to Extension marketing activities. If you wish to use them, please contact Gerald Steffen, creative manager for WSU Extension, at firstname.lastname@example.org for a password.
Most of the images on the site relate to agriculture and Washington State University 's contributions to agriculture through research, extension and teaching. We hope to expand the scope to include other program areas over time and you can help by contributing images of your own. Instructions on how to do that are on the site. Visit the site at http://cahenews.wsu.edu/photoarchive/
Gerald Steffen, creative manager for WSU Extension; Bob Hoffmann, ECES Web coordinator, email@example.com, and Dennis Brown, information specialist in Marketing and News Services, firstname.lastname@example.org, have been the principal people behind the development of the site. Contact them if you have any questions.
Academic Program Reviews On-Line
Self-reviews completed by individual program units as part of the Academic Affairs Program Prioritization (AAPP) process are now online at http://academic-prioritization.wsu.edu . All members of the WSU community are encouraged to read the reports and comment on them. All comments posted by April 3 will be forwarded to the Phase II Task Force. The Phase II Task Force and assignments are posted to the web site http://academic-prioritization.wsu.edu/phase_II.html . These 16 individuals have been charged with making recommendations regarding which programs should be targeted for growth and investment, which should be maintained at current levels and which should be either reorganized or phased out.
The website has links to 135 reports that were submitted to the Provost office in a variety of formats including Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PDFs. You'll find Extension reports as well, alphabetical by college, under Extension.
A reminder, the process started with self-reviews of every program; some of you may have been directly involved in that. Those reviews were developed based on eight different factors:
- centrality to the advancement of WSU's strategic goals;
- cost effectiveness;
- demand by external audiences;
- demand by internal audiences, e.g. other departments or degree programs;
- and size.
Each dean has used those self-studies and data over the three year period 2005-2007 to develop a summary evaluation of their programs. The website has links to 135 reports that arrived in a variety of formats including Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PDFs.
Those summaries will be discussed at a forum for university leadership on April 3rd in Pullman. and evaluated by the president, the provost, chancellors and a task force comprised of administrators, faculty and staff. The provost will report results and recommendations to the university community by the end of the Spring 2008 semester.
As you'll see, the self-review reports and my summary document for WSU Extension closely mirror the WSU Extension Strategic Framework. There are 21 self-reports for Extension, organized under the five broad program areas:
- Community Development
- 4-H Youth Development
- Agricultural Production and Natural Resources Stewardship
- Family and Consumers
Program areas were defined as having clearly defined mission and goals, geographic “reach' (county, statewide, etc.), and having assigned faculty and/or staff.
The Academic Affairs Program Prioritization process has been extremely thorough and thought provoking. You are encouraged to read the self-studies and the summaries for as many of the university's colleges and programs as you desire and to submit input directly on the web by April 3 rd . Please consider the opportunities and creative solutions for inter-college and across the system collaborations presented.
I'd caution the reader to not jump to conclusions regarding the matrix or summary recommendations. For Extension, and I can only speak to Extension's materials, the 21 individual self-studies each contain a rich narrative of the program and a statement of “future plans for the program.” Please take the time to be fully informed about the entire organization and/or the area where you are directly involved.
The prioritization process will likely guide the allocation of existing resources in the next fiscal year, and future reallocations, so your attention to the documents and the dialogue should be genuine. I would add, whatever the university budgetary recommendations are at the end of the AAPP process, all the information contained in the materials submitted by Extension will be considered in the future weeks and months to guide critical organizational advancements and alignment. I'd be glad to receive email or phone calls on the process and the recommendations, afterall, it is our collective wisdom that makes a better organization. You can reach me at email@example.com or (509) 335-2933.
Youth Today's Grants E-Blast
--Suzanne Le Menestrel
Youth Today's Grants E-Blast. Grants are available in the following areas:
- After School
- Child Welfare
- Civic Engagement
- Life Skills
- Mental Health
- Substance Abuse
- Youth Development
High School Financial Education Now Available in Spanish
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs
Students Learn Financial Basics
The National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) has translated its widely-used High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP) student guide to Spanish. It is available online for Spanish speakers and teachers to use in learning or teaching about personal finances.
"By offering this translation, youth whose primary language is Spanish can readily gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage money; a lifelong skill," said Jane Schuchardt, national program leader at USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES). CSREES partnered with NEFE to revise the HSFPP.
CSREES has maintained a memorandum of understanding since 1991 with NEFE to update, deliver and evaluate the HSFPP. The Cooperative Extension Service provides local leadership for the HSFPP in 48 states and the District of Columbia , primarily by marketing the program locally and training teachers.
To download the Spanish student guide, parents and students can go to their respective sections within hsfpp.nefe.org and click on the "Programa en Español" link on the left-hand navigation. Teachers may also access the information in the Instructor section of the HSFPP Web portal at http://hsfpp.nefe.org.
The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and America 's Credit Unions® provided funding for the Spanish translation.
The NEFE High School Financial Planning Program was recently revised and has been linked to education standards in all 50 states. In addition, the new HSFPP is supported by a dynamic Web site that offers a large, continually changing collection of materials for teachers, students and parents. For more information on the HSFPP, visit http://hsfpp.nefe.org.
Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and extension programs, CSREES focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future. For more information, visit www.csrees.usda.gov.
NEFE is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to helping all Americans acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to take control of their financial destiny. To learn more about NEFE, visit www.nefe.org.
Seeking Proposals for Youth Entrepreneurship Symposium
The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD) is hosting the first annual Land Grant Youth Entrepreneurship Symposium (Land Grant YES) June 4-6, at the Days Inn Penn State, in State College, PA. Land Grant YES will bring educators and program leaders together to discuss youth entrepreneurship best practices, research findings, and future program development. The goals are to develop a formal workgroup, frame a “breakthrough” project in the area of youth entrepreneurship, and to add value to the youth component of the eXtension Community of Practice on Entrepreneurs & Their Communities.
The Land Grant YES 2008 Executive Committee welcomes presentations proposals on applied research, curriculum overviews and outcomes, and program overviews and outcomes. Abstracts are due April 22 and should be no more than 350 words. Abstracts should include the presentation title, author names, affiliations, geographic locations, and a clear description of the topic, key research questions or program/curriculum objectives, and substantive results expected. Submit abstracts to the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or surface mail to 7 Armsby Building, Penn State University , University Park , PA 16802-5602 . Participants will be notified May 1 if their abstracts were accepted. Accepted symposium presentations will be published in a peer reviewed, Web-based proceedings. Contact Sally Maggard, CSREES national program leader for Economic and Community Systems, or Stephan Goetz, director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, for more information.
Just a Reminder!
When you have new Extension staff that will be working in some capacity with 4-H, please let Nancy in the State 4-H Office know. They will be added to mailing lists, added to the 4-H Talk list serve, sent a 4-H Welcome Packet, and be assigned a state 4-H staff person as a point of contact, as appropriate. 4-H News is sent via the 4-H Talk list serve each week. Archived copies of previous weeks “Tuesday 4-H News” are available on the 4-H web site: http://4h.wsu.edu/. Please send submissions by Friday of each week to Tiffany Boswell, State 4-H Office, email@example.com. Detailed event information and registrations forms can be found on the 4-H web site.