Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes
The Huggable Heroes program recognizes young leaders between the ages of 7 and 18 years old, doing extraordinary things in his/her community or around the world to better the lives of others. Twelve Huggable Heroes will be selected and each will be awarded with a $7,500 educational scholarship and $2,500 in the form of a donation to the 501 (c)( 3) charity of his/her choice. Entry forms are available at all Build-A-Bear Workshop stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, and at: http://www.buildabear.com/aboutus/community/huggableheroes/default.aspx . Deadline is February 27, 2009.
Camp In at the Pacific Science Center
What could be more exciting than heat, light, gas and color change? Pull apart molecules and learn the chemistry behind colored fire, fountains of foam, and flaming dollar bills! Pack up your enthusiasm along with your pillow and sleeping bag and a couple of friends and come to the annual Camp In at the Pacific Science Center on March 28. Don't miss out on the fun. Register now to beat the March 13 deadline. See the brochure for all the details at: http://4h.wsu.edu/conferences/campin/index.htm.
I am so excited to announce the second Washington State 4-H Camp Rally. It will be held March 27-29, 2009 at 4-H Camp Panhandle near Shelton, WA. Not only will you get first-class instruction on camping and directing camps, but there will also be time for networking and sharing of camp resources. Toni Gwin will be coordinating the counselor training track; I'm certain our youth will come away with an interesting set of new skills and resources.
The weekend will begin Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.; please plan to eat dinner prior to arrival. We will end Sunday, March 29 at 12:00 noon and send you away with a brown bag lunch. The fee of $60.00 includes accommodations and Saturday meals and Sunday breakfast and lunch.
The entire registration packet
- Code of Conduct
- Emergency Medical Release
- Health Forms
- Camp Panhandle
Please complete the registration form, and other forms, and return to Washington State 4-H Camp Rally, 600 128th St. SE, Everett, WA 98208 postmarked by March 20, 2009.
If any of you have a topic you'd like to share to the entire group, please contact Jana Ferris (contact information on information and registration documents). I'll make certain to save a space on the agenda for you! I'm also looking for a camp to coordinate the Saturday night campfire.
Don't miss this excellent opportunity to spend a weekend with your camp friends!
2009 WA State 4-H Horse Bowl Details Available
--Nancy Mordhorst (for Jerry Newman & Pat Pehling)
Please alert all those preparing for participation in the 2009 WA State 4-H Horse Bowl that details and registration information are now available online. The contest is being hosted by Spokane County and will take place on April 4 at the Health Sciences Building on the WSU Riverpoint Campus in Spokane, beginning at with check-in at 9:00 am.
Registration is $50 per team and forms and fees are due by March 10. Registration forms, contest details, a 2009 Horse Bowl Reference List, and hotel and restaurant information are available on the 4-H website. EM4874E, 4-H Horse Bowl Contest Rules , is available online-only at: http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/em4874e/em4874e.pdf. Visit: http://4h.wsu.edu/projects/horse.htm for more information and for the county registration form.
VDAT Proud To Release Seven Units
--Ann K. Hennings, Volunteer Development Coordinator
VDAT stands for Volunteer Development Action Team. It is a state appointed task force with thirteen members. The members are chosen to represent the variety of educators involved in developing 4-H volunteers across thirty-nine counties. You can see this team list spans the new, the seasoned, paid, volunteer, faculty, state staff, rural, urban, east, west, animal scientists, experiential educators, clerical staff, electronic techs and curriculum designers – the gammet! If you get a chance, thank these awesome professionals: Dale Larson, Joy Faerber, Carey Roos, Marilyn Anderson, Floy Ziegler, Anthony Dell, Vicki Contini, Ann Fagerlie, Kelly Fisk, Scott Vanderwey, Sarah Butzine, Pat BoyEs (advisor). Their dedication, extra-time, enthusiasm, and passion for developing a premiere volunteer education menu is making a big foot-print on this state!
Take a look! You can now find seven complete units at: http://4h.wsu.edu/staff/vm/index.htm. Titled Staff Guide to Volunteer Training, these seven units are essential background for the person(s) in each county doing the education program in a volunteer's first year of service.
Click through – you'll find the learning objectives for each unit highlighted. You'll even find a self-quiz to measure learning. And explore the teaching library – you'll find suggested ways to teach these units experientially. Enjoy! Give us feedback by emailing me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Issue of the Journal of Youth Development is Online
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs
The new winter issue of the Journal of Youth Development is available at: http://www.nae4ha.org/directory/jyd/index.html.
National 4-H GIS/GPS Leadership Team 2009 – Application
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs
We are inviting GIS/GPS savvy youth/adult 4-H teams to apply to serve on the National 4-H GIS/GPS Leadership Team in 2009. The team works with the national 4-H GIS/GPS leadership to develop resources and strategies to expand 4-H GIS/GPS programs. They also represent 4-H at the annual ESRI International GIS Conference and some state and local programs and events. We've discussed this application during recent 4-H GIS/GPS conference calls to encourage 4-H GIS/GPS members and leaders to consider this exciting national 4-H leadership opportunity.
Attached is the 2009 application form. Please read the cover page for important information about the responsibilities and expectations of the team members. There are no funds provided to support travel to the GIS conference, so prospective teams must provide their own support. A state may submit more than one team application, but should rank them, since we will only accept more than one team from a state if space permits. We typically have a team of about 40 youth and adults. Past members who wish to remain on the team must re-apply through this application process.
Applications must be completed and signed by team members and by Pat BoyEs, Director of Washington 4-H. Applications are due March 13, 2009.
Summer Interns at CSREES
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs
Hello everyone. Below is an announcement for summer intern jobs through CSREES/USDA. Although it is shown as an Office of Extramural Programs Unit announcement, this announcement will be used to hire summer interns at CSREES. We would welcome the opportunity to work with any of your outstanding 4-Hers and 4-H alumni who might be interested in getting some experience at the national level this summer. Thanks for your assistance.
You may use the following link to view and/or apply for this position: http://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/a9csrees.asp. In the keyword search, type in the vacancy announcement number: CSREES-2009-0029
Scroll down the page and select “yes” under Applicant Eligibility. You will then click on “search for jobs” at the bottom of the page. Clicking on the position title will launch the vacancy announcement. You can select “apply online” at the bottom of the page to apply for the position. You will then be taken to a screen that will allow you to either set up an account or input your account information if you have already registered.
Please note that even if you registered previously through the USDA QuickHire website, you will need to re-register through USAJobs.
Contact Eric Berghoff at: 202-720-7239 or email@example.com if you encounter any problems or have questions.
Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs Launches Web Site Dedicated to Strengthening Youth Programs
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs
The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs is pleased to announce the launch of FindYouthInfo.gov, a collaborative effort of 12 Federal departments and agencies developed out of a shared goal of strengthening community resources to support our Nation's youth.
This site provides targeted information to help youth-serving organizations and community partnerships plan and implement effective youth programs.
FindYouthInfo.gov offers customized strategies and practical resources designed to help communities:
• Build and sustain effective community partnerships
• Generate maps of community resources
• Develop evidence-based youth programs addressing risk and protective factors
• Access up to date information on Federal programs, funding opportunities and youth-related issues
This Web site features many Federally-developed interactive tools to help users build quality partnerships within their communities and help America's youth reach their full potential. Online tools include social bookmarking, a calendar of events, news feeds, mapping tools, searchable youth program database, and much more.
FindYouthInfo.gov will be continually updated with new features and enhancements. Comments and suggestions on the site are appreciated, and can be submitted through the online Feedback Form. Visitor feedback will be used to enhance the Web site in the coming months.
Visit FindYouthInfo.gov today to learn about all its great features, and sign up for e-blasts to stay abreast of the latest youth-related news and new site features.
Finally, help spread the word about FindYouthInfo.gov by forwarding the news to your friends and colleagues.
About The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs
The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) includes members from: the U.S. Departments of Agriculture; Commerce; Defense; Education; Health and Human Services (Chair); Housing and Urban Development; Justice (Vice-Chair); Labor; the Interior; and Transportation; the Corporation for National and Community Service; and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Established February 7, 2008 by Executive Order 13459, Improving the Coordination and Effectiveness of Youth Programs, the IWGYP is responsible for promoting achievement of positive results for at risk youth.
Job Opportunity: Equity and Civil Rights
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is seeking a visionary and dynamic educator/leader to join the OSPI team as the Director of Equity and Civil Rights.
This critical and innovative full-time position is based in Olympia, Washington. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit OSPI's website at: www.k12.wa.us to gain insight into the agency's mission and strategic plan.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Detailed event information and registrations forms can be found on the 4-H web site.