Summer is one of our busiest but most impactful times in 4-H youth development. At the same time as we are celebrating the end of a 4-H year, we are preparing for summer camp, and looking ahead to the fall. While your President’s Council hopes that each one of our members finds some time to relax and rejuvenate over the summer, we hope you will look to how you can advocate for our profession of youth development.
In the highlighted video, I shared some similar associations that may support you and be able to gain from your expertise in positive youth development. If you are interested, some of the other associations I mentioned include the American Evaluation Association, American Educational Research Association, or the American Camping Association. Through our partnership with the National Afterschool Association, we all benefit with their affiliate membership; for a small upgrade you can join NAA as a full member or join NAA’s state affiliates.
As you rest and rejuvenate this summer, I hope you’ll consider how you can activate this fall to show the country why NAE4-HA is the global leader in building positive youth development professionals.
Casey D. Mull, Ph.D., NAE4-HA President-Elect
2017 NAE4-HA Conference November 12-17
In This Issue...
From the President-Elect’s Desk Professional Development News Helping Youth Thrive in Health We Need You! Why Attend the National Meeting? Communication & Expressive National Youth Science Day 2018 4-H Youth in Action NAE4-HA Webinars We know that our Volunteers
Professional Development News & Notes
Submitted by: Lacy Mann, Colorado State and Professional Development Committee, Chair
NAE4-HA continues to develop and strengthen member benefits. The virtual professional development task force has streamlined a monthly webinar series to cover program and professional development. This professional learning community is working to provide collaborative learning to help us all improve practice and work environment. Virtual professional development offers shared values, vision, collective learning, application of learning, and shared practice which align with the national board’s strategic plan. We would like to invite you to join the Professional Development Committee in their mid-year virtual meeting on Monday, June 19 at 1:00 pm EST. Join us to learn what each task force offers, hear about their plans of work, meet the task force leadership, and see why joining a task force enhances you professionally and personally. Watch member clicks for more details.
Helping Youth Thrive in Health
Submitted by: Jamie Davis, Oregon State University and Western Region Director
2016 Healthy Living Regional Award Mike Knutz & Maria Falcon, Oregon
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Healthy Kids Club is a 4-H program that teaches cooking skills and encourages healthy food choices. Since 2015, Healthy Kids Clubs served over 148 low-income youth in Yamhill County. This 8-session nutrition and fitness series is taught by a SNAP Ed Educator and teens, Youth Advocates for Health (YA4H). Evaluations show that nearly 100% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they learned; foods to eat daily, what makes up a balanced diet, the importance of healthy diet, making healthful food choices, the calories needed each day, and the importance of fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet.
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!
Why Attend National Conference?
• 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
NAE4-HA: Communications & Expressive Arts Task Force
Submitted by Taskforce Co-chairs: Ellen Williams, Rutgers University and Laura Rohlf, Ohio State
Our board sponsored seminar was accepted as a showcase for the 2017 NAE4-HA conference. It is titled “The Art of Quilting- More Than Fabric and Thread”.
We continue to develop “Grab ’n Go” lessons which link communications and expressive arts to the three 4-H mission mandates: Healthy Lifestyles; Citizenship; and Science, Engineering and Technology. We invite NAE4-HA members to submit lesson plans. We also welcome those who would like to serve as peer reviewers of our “Grab ‘n Go” lessons. Other task forces have expressed interest in collaborating with us on the writing of “Grab ‘n Go” lessons, for instance, the SET task force would like to work with us on STEAM lessons.
“What Do YOU See?” online submissions are ongoing. “What Do YOU See?” provides a venue for youth to share through any art form of how they each see the world. We encourage NAE4-HA members to promote “What Do YOU See?” to the youth in their states. We are also putting a call out to the membership for assistance in maintenance of our WordPress and Facebook sites.
Our task force is compiling a list of state contacts for Communications and Expressive Arts in all land grant universities. This list will allow us to assure that all state 4-H departments are aware of and engaged in task force activities.
The Communications and Expressive Arts Task force is pleased to have instituted Individual and Team Awards through NAE4-HA.
We are proud of the increasing recognition of the significance of communication and expressive arts in 4-H Youth Development. The task force continues to attract 4-H youth professionals who are appreciative of the fact that 4-H is a place where their creative leadership is celebrated.
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.
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.