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From the President’s Desk

From the President’s Desk
This month President’s Council travelled to Minneapolis, Minnesota to participate in the Joint Council of Extension Professional (JCEP) summer Board meeting. NAE4-HA is a member of JCEP along with six other extension professional associations. Did you know that as a member of NAE4-HA you are also a member of JCEP? There is nothing extra you need to do to be a member of JCEP. I encourage you to take a look at the JCEP website at www.jcep.org to learn more about JCEP membership.
A call for proposals for the two JCEP conferences will be released over the next few months. There are two opportunities in early 2018 to present a workshop or poster. Please take a moment to consider submitting a proposal to present when the opportunity presents itself.
We have now entered into one of the busiest times of the 4-H year. At least in New York summer camp season is just beginning, county fairs will start soon, and state fair is in the not too distant future. Enjoy the start of the summer program season! Be sure to take some time to have a laugh or two with your 4-H’ers, volunteers and colleagues along the way.


Shawn Tiede, NAE4-HA President

 

2017
NAE4-HA Conference
November 12-17



In This Issue...

  • From the President-Elect’s Desk
  • Professional Development News: Understanding and Managing Stress
  • OSC: Currently seeking nominees for elected Board of Trustees positions
  • 2017 4-H National Youth Science Day: Incredible Wearables
  • Journal of Youth Development: Call for Papers 
  • 1st Timer’s Scholarship Recipients Announced
  • 2018 Youth in Action Awards Webinar – Preparing Youth to Apply
  • HOLD 3rd Wednesdays of each month for NAE4-HA Webinars
  • REGISTER NOW for the 2017 NAE4-HA Conference in INDY

 

Professional Development News & Notes 

Submitted by: Sonya Furgurson, 4-H Youth Development Agent, Unit Coordinator, Halifax County

Understanding and Managing Stress
Stress affects people in various ways throughout their lives. It can be motivating, or it can be devastating. Miriam Webster defines stress as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. In a nutshell, negative stressors displace our mental and physical equilibrium. They can come at us from all aspects of our lives, finances, relationships, caregiving responsibilities, health and wellness concerns, current events, and work life balance. Stress can also be caused by special circumstances such as incarceration, military deployment, natural disasters, and terrorism. The effects of stress can be just a varied. Stress can negatively impact one’s physical health, relationships, decision-making, work productivity, and dietary choices.

There are three different levels of stress, positive stress, tolerable stress, and toxic stress. Rubin Hill constructed a theory that offers an explanation for how and when stress becomes more than an individual can properly handle, referred to as the Theory of Family Crisis. This theory acknowledges that stress results from an event, combined with one’s reaction and resources. The duration and intensity of the stressor can lead to crisis and lower functioning. In the wake of the crisis is a period of reorganizing after which one will adjust and cope or experience pile up which can lead to a tipping point.

Prolonged stress can cause a plethora of physical systems such as rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, digestion issues, insomnia, hair loss, acne, and fatigue. Individuals can learn coping strategies that could minimize the negative effects of stress. Reducing stress can be as simple as setting goals and budgets, trying to see another’s point of view, taking time for oneself, and utilizing apps for lists, calendars, and reminders. A common mistake of those under high levels of stress is the use of counterproductive coping mechanisms such as indulging in unhealthy foods when trying to increase wellness and shopping on credit when trying to improve financial security.

It is important to learn how to manage stressful situations. This can sometimes be accomplished by changing one’s perception of the stressor by accepting the situation, searching for positives, or providing forgiveness. It is important to utilize resources such as a quiet place to work or feel comforted, catching up with a friend, or seeking professional guidance. What is often overlooked or hard to accomplish is positive self-care. Those under high levels of stress need to take time to eat well, exercise, and rest.

As educators, 4-H Agents need to understand the basics of stress and know what to recommend to clients. It is important to use examples to which people can relate while maintaining anonymity of those in the scenarios. In Virginia, agents across programming areas have begun to embed stress reduction strategies and resources into existing programs, workshops, and field days. This method is a move in the right direction to assist more clients with this large-scale community issue that could have long-term health effects.

Resource: DeBord, K. Furgurson, S. and Tanner K. (2015). Stress Solutions. PowerPoint presentation presented at the 2016 Virginia Cooperative Extension Winter Conference, Blacksburg, Virginia.

 

   
 

We Need YOU!

Submitted by: Lena Mallory, Immediate Past-President

NAE4-HA election season is here!!! And it's not too late to "throw your hat into the ring!" With revised election timeline and procedures, the 2017 deadline for nominations/documentation is now August 15, 2017. The Organizational Stewardship Committee is currently seeking nominees for the following NAE4-HA elected

Board of Trustees positions:
• President Elect
• Vice President of Finance & Operations
• Vice President of Member Services
• Vice President of Programs
• Regional Directors - One each for the West, North Central & Northeast and Two for the South

 Visit www.nae4ha.com/nominations for more information and the nomination form. Another change to note besides deadlines is that the documentation now goes to the new OSC Chair - Karen Hack (PA) - third year www.nae4ha.com/nominationsrep. That's right! During the Spring Board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a by-law change where the OSC is now chaired by one of their third-year representatives’ vs the Immediate Past President who now serves as the OSC's representative to the Board. This allows for consistency and efficiency from year-to-year for the Organizational Stewardship Committee and their hard work!

If you're interested in learning more about the elected positions, do not hesitate to contact an OSC member, myself, and/or the current officer/regional director in that role. The OSC looks forward to hearing from our membership!

 

2017 4-H National Youth Science Day: Incredible Wearables

Last Chance for Pre-Sale Pricing

Submitted by: Sarah Hunt, National 4-H Council, Field Marketing Specialist, 4-H and Extension Relations

This year’s National Youth Science Day challenge, Incredible Wearables, is a hands-on project that challenges young people to use the engineering design process to build a wearable fitness tracker that will help people lead healthier lifestyles. Incredible Wearables science kits are available at pre-sale price through mid-July. Click here to purchase yours today.
Want to learn more about this year’s challenge? Don’t forget to watch the newly released How-to Video and register to receive a recording of the NYSD informational webinar that was held on June 20th.

Call for Papers 

Special Issue: 

Promoting Health and Well-being in Youth

 

Health-related concerns for youth abound, from obesity, substance abuse, bullying, and violence to physical and mental health conditions, the topic of youth health and well-being is of interest and importance in the youth development field. Increasingly, youth programs are working to address these concerns and to identify ways to promote youth health and well-being across various youth ecologies. In addition, young people are taking active roles in identifying and addressing the health concerns that affect them, helping to define effective strategies and solutions. The Journal of Youth Development is seeking proposals for papers to be included in the Autumn 2018 special issue on Promoting Health and Well-being in Youth. The goal of this special issue is to bring together current program, policy, and research and evaluation efforts, with an emphasis on practical implications and use in programs seeking to promote youth health and well-being.

Proposals for manuscripts are sought for the following journal sections:
Feature articles – focusing on establishing areas of youth health-related concerns, with recommendations for proposed solutions that have clear implication for youth program practice and policy (4,000 words max).
Program articles – focusing on the description of programs that have demonstrated success in addressing youth health concerns. Sufficient evidence should be provided to support the program’s efficacy, but the main aim of the manuscript should be on the description of the program, with information on program replication (4,000 words max).
• Research and Evaluation articles - focusing on one of the following: (1) Research briefs that translate current research on a youth health topic into practical application for youth practitioners; (2) reports of rigorous research or evaluation on programs addressing youth health concerns; or (3) innovative program evaluation strategies for health-focused youth programs, especially those that engage youth in the program evaluation process (2,000 words max).
Resource Reviews – focusing on resources for promoting youth health and well-being (1,500 words max).

Special Issue Timeline
• July 2017 – Call for paper proposals
• September 30 – Proposals due to guest editors
• October 30 – Authors notified of acceptance of proposal
• February 1 – Accepted manuscripts due (uploaded by author to JYD website)
• April 1 - Drafts returned for editing, and continued editing with quick turnaround as needed
• June 1 – Final drafts due
• September 2018- Publication

Paper proposals of 500 words or less should identify the section for which the article is being considered, provide a basic description of the proposed article, and include explicit information on how the article will focus on implications for practice and policy for promoting youth health and well-being. A separate 150-word paper abstract should be included. Proposals should be submitted to special issue guest editors Theresa Ferrari ferrari.8@osu.edu and Mary Arnold mary.arnold@oreonstate.edu by September 30, 2017. Questions regarding proposals should be directed to the guest editors.

1st Timer’s Scholarship Recipients Announced!

Submitted by: Cheryl Newberry, Southern Region Director

As many of you know, the NAE4-HA Conference is “where the rubber meets the road,” especially in Indianapolis! This annual event provides the platform for the organization to grow, change, and work on the important issues facing youth development workers across this country. The more members we get involved, the more dynamic our organization will be. It takes all of us to make NAE4-HA the leading youth development professional organization.
This year we are excited to assist new members in engaging in NAE4-HA at another level as they attend the 2017 Conference for the first time. The Board voted to increase the number of scholarships to 16 and the value of each scholarship will be the early bird registration fee. This year that will be $475 awarded to each recipient. Below are the members who will be joining us in Indianapolis! We look forward what they will bring to the Conference.
North Central Region:
1. Elizabeth Miller, IL
2. Kimberly Fox, ND
3. Kelsey Warner, IA
4. Kristi Baker, MO

Northeast Region:
1. Autumn Starcher, West Virginia
2. Betsy Morris, Delaware
3. Johanna Jackson, New Hampshire
4. Jennifer Deichert, Pennsylvania

Southern Region:
1. Kelsey Haupt, Florida
2. Elizabeth Nicholson, Oklahoma
3. Amanda Gee, Tennessee
4. Bill Hammond, Georgia

Western Region:
1. Colorado - Amy Henschen
2. Arizona - Joshua Moore
3. Idaho - Alaena Wilfong
4. Utah - Callie Ward

2018 Youth in Action Awards Webinar –

Preparing Youth to Apply 

Submitted by: Sarah Hunt, National 4-H Council, Field Marketing Specialist, 4-H and Extension Relations

The 4 H Youth in Action Awards Program gives youth the chance to share their stories of how 4 H has changed their lives and how they have made a difference in their communities. The program honors four young people who embody 4 H youth empowerment & leadership in each of the four 4 H Pillar Areas: Agriculture, Citizenship, Healthy Living and STEM (one per pillar). Each Pillar Winner will receive a generous education scholarship and experience an exciting year of telling their 4 H story and celebrating their leadership.

Application guidelines for the 2018 4 H Youth in Action Awards are available now. The application will be open for submission August 1 to October 23, 2017.

Do you know outstanding 4-H youth that want to take advantage of this incredible opportunity? Click here to register for a webinar training on July 25th that will provide all the information you will need to help your local 4-H youth successfully apply for the awards. Can’t attend the training in person? All registrants will receive an on-demand recording of the session that they can watch at their convenience regardless of whether they attend live. Don’t miss it!

NAE4-HA Webinar Sessions
3rd Wednesdays of Each Month!

Hold these dates on your calendars each month and engage in this NAE4-HA member benefit. You must register to receive log-in information for each session.

NAE4-HA Professional Development Presenter Form
As a potential speaker please complete the Professional Development Presentation Submission Form
Check out the archives!

Registration for the 2017 NAE4-HA Conference is now open!?

• Networking with other 4‐H Youth Development professionals
• Get new ideas to benefit and rejuvenate you & your youth program
• Patriciate in policy decisions by attending committee & business meetings
• Socialize and share with other professionals
• Learn from tours and exhibits
• Meet and learn new skills from nationally known speakers

Purdue Extension is very excited to host the NAE4-HA Conference in Indianapolis this fall! Visit http://www.nae4ha.com/2017-annual-conference for details on registration and lodging. 

Registration Options:
Early bird registration: $475; open June 15 - July 31
Full-time registration: $525; open August 1 - September 15
Late registration: $575; open September 16 – November 1

Full-time registration includes opening event, Monday box lunch, Tuesday box lunch, Tuesday beverage break, Wednesday regional breakfast, and Thursday banquet.

Life Member Registration ($325) includes Monday box lunch, Tuesday box lunch, Tuesday beverage break, Wednesday regional breakfast.

Part-time ($100) Includes the daily activities for each day you sign up.

Non-member Registration ($575) Includes opening event, Monday box lunch, Tuesday box lunch, Tuesday beverage break, Wednesday regional breakfast, and Thursday banquet.

We hope you’ll join us in Indiana in November!

This edition of NAE4-HA e-news was brought to you by the 2016-2017 NAE4-HA Board of Directors 

Editor – Rebecca B. Thomas, Southern Region Director

Deadline for articles or news submission is the 20th of each month, to be published the following month. Example: Deadline of July 20th for the August Edition
Please submit inquiries to rbt@uga.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-H National Youth Science Day

Submitted by Sarah Hunt, Field Marketing Specialist, National 4-H Council

Want to learn more about this year’s 4-H National Youth Science Day challenge, Incredible Wearables? Register today for an hour long live webinar training on June 20th. Can’t attend the live session? All registrants will receive an on-demand recording of the webinar that they can watch at their convenience regardless of live attendance. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover more about Incredible Wearables and download resources you can use to get youth involved in your community. 

To purchase a 4-H NYSD Incredible Wearables kit, click here. 

 

2018 4-H Youth in Action Awards Preparing Youth to Apply

Submitted by Sarah Hunt, Field Marketing Specialist, National 4-H Council

Applications for the 2018 4-H Youth in Action Awards open on August 1st, culminating in National 4-H Council recognizing four outstanding leaders – one in each of 4-H’s core pillar areas of Agriculture, Citizenship, Healthy Living and STEM.

Register today for an informational webinar on July 25th with invaluable information on how to prepare your 4-H youth for success in the Youth in Action Awards application process. Did you miss the Youth in Action Awards Marketing Webinar on May 24th? Click here to access an on-demand recording of that session.

 

NAE4-HA Webinar Sessions
3rd Wednesdays of Each Month!

Hold these dates on your calendars each month and engage in this NAE4-HA member benefit. You must register to receive log-in information for each session.

NAE4-HA Professional Development Presenter Form
As a potential speaker please complete the Professional Development Presentation Submission Form

Check out the archives!

We know that our Volunteers are Priceless!

According to the latest figure from 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the estimated value of Volunteer Time for 2016 is $24.14 per hour. An important fact is that the value of a volunteer’s time varies slightly from state to state. Check out your states value.

Source: https://www.independentsector.org/resource/the-value-of-volunteer-time/

 

This edition of e-news was brought to you by the 2016-2017 NAE4-HA Board of Directors
Editor – Rebecca B. Thomas, Southern Region Junior Director

National Association of Extension 4-H Agents
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Deadline for articles or news submission is the 20th of each month, to be published the following month.
Example: Deadline of June 20th for the July e-news
Please submit inquiries to rbt@uga.edu

 

 
 

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