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4-H Tuesday News

December 15, 2009
WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

In this issue. . .

  • 2008-2009 WA State 4-H Statistical Reports Available
  • Evaluation Webinar on Photolanguage
  • 4-H National Camping Institute 2010
  • Volunteer service opportunity
  • Citizenship Washington Focus Program Assistants
  • 2010 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment - Call for letters of intent
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • 2010 National 4-H Conference - Call for Workshop Proposals
  • National 4-H Council’s Support for Washington 4-H
  • New funding opportunity from National 4-H Council
  • New Staff at 4-H National Headquarters
  • Spanish Teen Talk Fact Sheet Available
  • Public comment on Healthy People 2020


2008-2009 WA State 4-H Statistical Reports Available
--Nancy Mordhorst

The year-end statistical reports for WA 4-H have been completed and are available online at  The top four reports on the list are for the 2008-2009 4-H year, completed on Sept. 30, 2009. These include a statistical summary, a comparison by county to the previous year’s enrollment data, and two Powerpoint files documenting the year-end data and data for the past 5 years. Please contact me if you have any questions.  

Evaluation Webinar on Photolanguage
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

If a picture is worth a thousand words, consider combining words and pictures in evaluation. A team of specialists from Louisiana State University tells you how Photolanguage works tomorrow afternoon, from 12 – 2 PT. Dr. Rebecca White and her colleagues Diane Sasser, Debbie Hurlbert, Melissa Cater, Robert Richard, and Katherine Pace, will share descriptions and applications of this unique approach to data gathering and analysis. Join this webinar an interesting and informative look into a creative method for evaluating Extension programs.

Grab your headphone and join us on the live link on Elluminate:

Session Details: December 16, 2009 Evaluation Webinar on Photolanguage
Session Time:     11:45 AM - 3:15 PM (log-on/off times; webinar runs from 12-2 PM)

Join Session Link:

For those who can't join us or want to access the archive, check: Click the Evaluation Community of Practice menu, then follow links marked "Webinar"

4-H National Camping Institute 2010
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

The early bird deadline for 4-H National Camping Institute registration is December 18, 2009- please be sure to get yourself and your adult volunteers/staff signed up by this date for the best fee.  The NCI dates are March 16-20, 2010 at the Oregon 4-H Center in Salem.  There will be 50 sessions to choose from in the concurrent sessions with speakers representing the best in 4-H camping information from 30 states!  The registration form is at the link following. It contains a wealth of information about the fabulous pre-conferences, pre-conference tours, conference events, transportation and lodging options and MUCH more:

The Oregon 4-H NCI committee has been working for almost 2 years already and we are excited about the number of out-of-state, in-state and nationally known speakers we will be hosting at this important national 4-H camping education program.  Plan now to attend! 

Volunteer service opportunity
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Disney Parks Hopes to Inspire 1 Million Volunteers Beginning January 1, 2010
Disney Parks has announced a new program that celebrates the spirit of volunteer service with a simple proposition: "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day."  Disney hopes to inspire families to volunteer in their communities during 2010 through this first of its kind program.  One million people who perform volunteer service for a participating organization will receive a free one-day admission ticket to a Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort theme park. While the "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" program kicks off January 1, right now guests can learn more about the program and how to get their free one-day admission to a Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme park by visiting  Read the full press release here.

Citizenship Washington Focus Program Assistants
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Do you know a 4-H’er who has a passion for government, history, political science, working with youth, public speaking, or leadership? If so, encourage them to apply for the position of Program Assistant (PA) at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center! Application deadlines are approaching soon and we want to give 4-H alumni and Collegiate 4-Hers an opportunity to make a difference during their spring or summer semester. Our PAs will be touching the lives of thousands of high school-aged students from all over the United States while working for the Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) program in Washington, DC.

CWF gives 4-Hers the opportunity to strengthen their communication, leadership, and other citizenship skills on a national level. Nearly 2,000 young people exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds throughout the summer. Through hands-on activities, simulations, and tours of various monuments and memorials, participants figure out what citizenship means to them and develop action plans to make a difference in their home communities. As a CWF Program Assistant, these 4-H leaders will create, develop, and facilitate curriculum to be used during the 2010 program.

We are looking for individuals with at least a high school diploma (preferably some college experience) and a passion for youth development, hospitality, teaching, history, politics, or leadership. If you know a college student looking for credit towards graduation, National 4-H Council will happily work with the student and the school to make this possible. Listed below is the link for information and application materials.

Citizenship Washington Focus Program Assistant: Application due January 18, 2010  

For more information please contact: Molly Young, Director, Youth Opportunities, at or 301-961-2812 or Freeman Thompson, Coordinator, Youth Opportunities at or 301-961-2917.    

2010 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment - Call for letters of intent
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Due to the tremendous response by 4-H faculty and staff at Land-Grant Universities for the 2009 National Science Experiment, the National 4-H SET Leadership teams (including staff from 4-H National Headquarters, NIFA, USDA and National 4-H Council) are inviting all Land-Grant Universities to submit experiment ideas for youth to conduct during the 2010 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) and provide leadership with experiment implementation. The 2010 4-H NYSD applicants are being asked to focus on the theme of water quality as it relates to climate change. All proposals must be submitted based upon the attached Letter of Intent which is also available at

The chosen LGU will receive $20,000 for use in designing the experiment as well as supporting their state 4-H program and Cooperative Extension efforts around science, engineering and technology.

The letter of intent is due by 4:00pm EST Thursday, January 28, 2010. Selected LGUs will then move on to the RFP process (a full timeline is available in the attached LOI). The final National Science Experiment and materials will be shared with the 4-H System in May 2010. Submissions are to be sent to:

Scholarship Opportunities
--Jan Klein

Each year Washington State 4-H members, who are seniors in high school or completing their GED, are eligible for many scholarships. Please share the following information with eligible teens from your county. Note: there are two different sets of criteria for the scholarships.

Washington State 4-H is pleased to offer 15 different scholarships Current and former Washington State 4-H members are eligible to apply.  Applicants must have accumulated at least 2 years of 4-H affiliation.  Previous Washington State 4-H scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply.

CAHNRS 4-H Scholarships:
In conjunction with the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, we are excited to offer four Washington State University 4-H $1500.00 scholarships: two for achievement in Leadership and two for achievement in Citizenship/Community Service.  Each of these scholarships is worth $1500.00 toward tuition in a student's freshman year at Washington State University. Applicants being considered for the Leadership and Citizenship/Community Service Scholarships will first be reviewed for the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Dean's Merit Award worth $3000.00.  To be eligible for these scholarships a youth must complete both the Washington State University Scholarship Application (online only) and the WSU/CAHNRS 4-H State Scholarship Supplemental Information (send to Britta Nitcy).  Applications must arrive at WSU by January 31, 2010.

Please note:
Washington State University Scholarship Application is ON-LINE ONLY. Applicant must complete a WSU application and receive a student ID PRIOR to applying for the Scholarship.

Washington State 4-H Scholarships:
Washington 4-H Scholarships require a completed 4-H Scholarship Application and Washington State 4-H Scholarship Supplemental Application Information. Each applicant will be considered for all Washington State 4-H Scholarships.  These applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2010.  These scholarships may be used at any institution offering post-secondary education (i.e. Seattle University, The Ohio State University, Technical and Community Colleges, Cosmetology school, etc.). A 4-Her may be awarded only one of the Washington scholarships mentioned below.

There are two different sets of requirements for the scholarships; one for the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences and the other for general 4-H Scholarships.  Each has a checklist to make sure you don’t forget any part.  Much of the information is repeated in different ways on each (unfortunately, this is necessary because we are working with different systems).  Once you have completed the first form the others should be much easier!

In summary, the scholarships available are:

Washington State University, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences State 4-H Scholarship: (Received by January 31, 2010 at WSU)

Washington State 4-H Scholarships: (Postmarked by March 1, 2010 to State 4-H Scholarship Committee, WSUE Spokane, PO Box 1495, SSCF #211, Spokane, WA 99210)

More information about WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences scholarships can be found at:

General information about financial aid and WSU scholarships can be found at:

The 4-H Scholarship Application form may be obtained from your local County Extension office or downloaded from the Washington State 4-H website:

If you have any questions about the scholarships please contact me at: 509-358-7937 or email    

2010 National 4-H Conference - Call for Workshop Proposals
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

4-H National Headquarters, the federal leader of 4-H within the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is now accepting workshop proposals for the 2010 National 4-H Conference.

National 4-H Conference is the flagship educational leadership experience for youth 4-H members (15-19yrs.) who are actively engaged in 4-H programs across the U.S and its territories.  National 4-H Conference provides an exciting opportunity for 4-H youth to learn and share resources with 4-H peers and collaborators across the nation.  The conference brings together the resources of the 4-H program and Land-Grant University System with the youth, adult volunteers, Extension staff/faculty and collaborators who build and sustain effective programs for 4-H youth.  Each year, one of the 4-H Mission Mandates is highlighted as the overall focus of National 4-H Conference.  In 2010, the conference focus will be the mission mandate – Citizenship.

Please here for more information and submission instructions.  The deadline for submitting proposals is February 12, 2010.  

National 4-H Council’s Support for Washington 4-H
--Pat BoyEs

I am pleased to share with you the financial report from National 4-H Council specific to Washington State. In the world of “What have you done for me lately?” I wanted you to see that over the past three years the national 4-H Council has provided over $100,000 specifically to Washington 4-H most of those funds going directly into county programs.

The financial report includes a three-year summary of awards that Washington has received from National 4-H Council, as well as the total monies raised for national priority programs that benefit our total 4-H system.  

The financial report can be found here.

If you have any questions or comments about this report, please contact Barbara Stone at or 301-961-2959.  As always, thanks for the work you are doing to better the lives of young people in your state.   

New funding opportunity from National 4-H Council
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

On behalf of 4-H National Headquarters and the collaboration between National 4-H Council and the MetLife Foundation we are pleased to release the RFP for the MetLife Foundation Awards of Excellence. To review the RFP, application requirements, and apply for funding, please visit our online portal at and click on Funding Opportunities.

All applications for funding from National 4-H Council MUST be submitted by 4-H/Extension professionals. Applications submitted by non-4-H/Extension employees will not be considered for funding.

Approval from State Program Leaders MUST be received by the application deadline for any application submitted, per the emailed instructions the State Program Leader will receive once an application is submitted.

Questions about these grants can be directed to Gregg Tabachow at or 301-961-2869.

New Staff at 4-H National Headquarters
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

4-H National Headquarters will have two new Program Specialists beginning next month. Dawn Brunson will be our new 4-H Military Programs Youth Development Specialist and Amy McCune will be our new Youth Development Program Specialist.

Dawn is currently a Child, Youth, & School Services Regional Coordinator as a contract employee with the U.S. Army Reserve. She’s been an Assistant Director of a Boys & Girls Club as well. She has a Master’s degree in Executive Leadership and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.

Amy is currently the State 4-H Events coordinator at Clemson University. She has a B.A. in English Lit, an M.A. in Organizational Communications, and is a graduate of NELD. She is also working on her Ph.D. in Community Recreation, Sport, and Camp Management from Clemson. She is also a former 4-Her, 4-H volunteer, and agent.

Spanish Teen Talk Fact Sheet Available
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Guía para padres de adolescentes is a cultural adaptation and translation of Teen Talk for Spanish speaking families. Building on strategies for helping parents overcome obstacles of parent-teen communication, the Teen Talk fact sheets (English and Spanish) focus on teaching parents strategies that facilitate open communication and provide parents with the knowledge and confidence to talk with their teens about challenging topics.

There is no cost for Guía para padres de adolescentes, they are available as PDF documents on the web:

This project is a collaboration between University of Minnesota Extension and North Carolina Extension.

For more information, contact Jodi Dworkin, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, at or 612-624-3732 or Colleen Gengler, Extension Family Relations Educator, at, 888- 241-4635 or 507-372-3907.

Public comment on Healthy People 2020
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Dr. Shirley Gerrior and Nancy Valentine have been working on a Federal Agency Task force to develop adolescent health objectives for Healthy People 2020.  You are invited to comment on the draft objectives that can be found at A background document is available on the shared site. We encourage your participation and comments.


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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