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4-H Tuesday News

September 1, 2009
WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

In this issue. . .

  • Western Washington 4-H Shooting Sports Training
  • Whitman County Hosts Shooting Sports Training
  • 2010 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
  • Two Healthy Living Grant Opportunities
  • Job Opportunity


Western Washington 4-H Shooting Sports Training
--Janet Schmidt

Hold the date of Saturday and Sunday, October 3-4, 2009, for a State 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Training in Mt. Vernon at Silver Arrow Bowmen.   This training is hosted by Snohomish and Skagit Counties and will feature the archery discipline.  The registration brochure will be available soon!  Watch for more information in Tuesday News.

Whitman County Hosts Shooting Sports Training
--Janet Schmidt

Mark your calendars for October 9-11, October 17, October 31 and November 7 for 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Training in Whitman County.  We are trying a new format for delivering the training.  The first weekend, October 9-11, will feature the full training with youth development, risk management, resource development and archery for the Saturday range instruction.   The subsequent Saturdays will feature the various disciplines in range instruction.  The schedule is as follows:

On Saturday, October 24, the basic volunteer leader training will be offered from 9:00am to 1:00pm in Colfax.  The fee for the training is $25 for the first discipline and $10 for each subsequent training.   Fees and forms are requested by October 2, 2009.  Volunteers from surrounding counties in and out of state are invited to participate in the training.  See the brochure for more details or contact Janet Schmidt at: or (509) 397-6290.

An information brochure can be found at:


2010 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

In last weeks' snail mail you should have received a packet of information about the 2010 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The program honors outstanding volunteer community service by youth in grades 5-12. If your mail went astray you can go online to: Sounds like a natural for out outstanding 4-H youth.

Two Healthy Living Grant Opportunities
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Two grant opportunities are open right now for healthy living projects.  The first opportunity (YSA) has a $1,000 grant limit.  The second (State Farm) offers more flexibility in grant dollar requests.

•  UnitedHealth HEROES Grants Support Youth-Led Innovative Solutions to Leading Health Threat (Deadline: October 22)

Educators, service-learning coordinators, students in the health professions, public health professionals, and community partners are eligible to apply for the UnitedHealth HEROES service-learning project grants. Grant recipients will receive up to $1,000 in support for service-learning projects that focus on childhood obesity, engage youth ages 5-25 in the planning and implementation process, and take place during Semester of Service 2010 (MLK Day, January 18, to Global Youth Service Day, April 23-25). The grant cycle opens August 1 and applications are due October 22, 2009. Eligible states include: AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MS, NV, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WI. Learn more and access the application at:

•  State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grants; Deadline October 2:

Wisconsin 4-H has a teen leader serving as an associate on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, Neil Jackson.   If you click on the map where youth board members are from, you'll see Neil's picture. These grants are available for service learning projects in environmental responsibility, access to higher education, driver safety, disaster preparedness and financial literacy.  Ironically, State Farm also supports Youth Service America.

Job Opportunity
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Assistant or Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist: Youth Development: The Human Development and Family Studies Division (HDFS), Department of Human and Community Development at the University of California, Davis announces an opening for an Assistant or Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension (CE) with expertise in the area of youth development. The individual who is selected for this position will have a strong general background in adolescent development with demonstrated experience or potential for excellence in one or more of the following areas: ethnic and cultural diversity, social-emotional development, cognitive development, risk prevention/intervention, or community-based youth learning programs such as 4-H. The successful candidate will be expected to play a key leadership role as associate Director of the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources' Statewide 4-H Youth Development Program, which is located at UC Davis, and possibly as director of the 4-H Center for Youth Development, which is housed in the Department of Human and Community Development. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the University's cooperative extension mission to conduct applied research and outreach with a focus on adolescent development.

The successful candidate will be a member of the Graduate Group in Human Development and will be expected to guide applied graduate student research in his/her area of expertise. This is an academic career track appointment in the Specialist in Cooperative Extension series.

Required Qualifications: Candidates must hold an earned Doctoral or equivalent degree in Human Development, Psychology, Education, or other related field, have a demonstrated record of research accomplishments, and the potential to build a superior and effective research program in adolescent development. Candidates must possess strong skills in applied research and a focus on youth development; expertise or demonstrated excellence in research, evaluation, and programming in adolescent development; and potential to build capabilities of Extension 4-H staff statewide in areas related to youth development. Prior academic and administrative experience in Cooperative Extension is desirable.

Candidates should begin the application process by registering online at:

Applicants should submit the following information online: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, official transcripts (for candidates within five years of their degree), three samples of scholarly work, and the names and addresses of at least three references. For more information, email or call (530)752-4370.

The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by January 15, 2010.


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: Please send submissions by Friday of each week to Tiffany Boswell, State 4-H Office, Detailed event information and registrations forms can be found on the 4-H web site.

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