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eNews - August 2017

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From the President’s Desk

NAE4-HA election season is here!!! Today is the day to throw your hat into the ring! The deadline for nominations and documentation has been EXTENDED to September 1, 2017. Members are often concerned about the time commitment NAE4-HA leadership roles take. From my own experience in a few different roles I can honestly say that the time commitment is not overwhelming. I have found it quite easy to fit my NAE4-HA responsibilities in with the rest of my job. If you are interested and have questions about the responsibilities of a position please feel free to contact me and I would be happy to talk through it with you. It truly is a great experience to serve in these roles!

The Organizational Stewardship Committee (OSC) 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 - Two for the South

Visit http://www.nae4ha.com/nominations for more information and the nomination form. If you do decide to run all of your documentation should be sent to the OSC Chair - Karen Hack (PA).
If you're interested in learning more about the elected positions, do not hesitate to contact an OSC member, Lena Mallory (Immediate Past President), and/or the current officer/regional director in that role.

Shawn Tiede, NAE4-HA President


NAE4-HA Conference
November 12-17

In This Issue...

  • From the President-Elect’s Desk
  • 3rd Wednesdays of each month for NAE4-HA Webinars
  • Western 4-H Institute
  • Journal of Youth Development Call for Papers
  • REGISTER NOW for the 2017 NAE4-HA Conference in INDY 
  • Bridging the Gap with the Appreciative Inquiry Method
  • Global 4-H Network Summit & 4-H LEARNS Launch


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

Titles and abstracts will be shared closer to date.

• August 16, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. EST
• September 20, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. EST
• October 18, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. EST

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!

Western 4-H Institute

By Jamie Davis, Oregon State University and Western Region Director
The Western 4-H Institute is a professional development opportunity designed for newer 4-H educators, who have been in their positions for five years or less. The 2018 Institute will be held February 5th-9th in Fort Collins, Colorado. If you are a newer 4-H educator from the West and interested in attending this event, please contact your 4-H Program Leader. Details regarding this opportunity will be available this fall.

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.

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!

Bridging the Gap with the Appreciative Inquiry Method

By Dr. Tamra McGaughy, Texas A&M University and NAE4-HA Southern Region Director

If you are like me, nothing gets me more excited than the start of a new 4-H year! I am drawn to all of the possibilities a new year holds and the prospects which are yet to unfold. The summer brings one year to a close with project camps and award banquets, yet at the same time planning the new 4-H year with teachers, adult leaders, and county officer teams. We all want to have the BEST and BIGGEST 4-H program in our county or parish, but my question to you is “Do you need to have the BIGGEST program to have the BEST?”
Every year we ask our members to write their goals for their projects, so I believe as professional youth development educators we need to write goals for the program we lead. These goals should take into account what we are required to accomplish by administration, but also include the people which value the 4-H program in our community. The key is finding a balance between the two, so that you are “making the best better” and not running yourself into the ground.

This year I opted to use the Appreciative Inquiry Method, developed by David Cooperrider, with the adult leaders in my county, to see what they feel is going well and what they would like to start growing toward. By using AI as a planning tool, we were able to come up with a great plan for transiting into the new 4-H year. 

This design method allowed for each club to find their strengths and have freedom to build one them, without feeling guilty about leaving other part of the 4-H program behind. It also provided everyone with a sense of direction, so that as we build upon our current success we can evaluate what needs to come next (instead of throwing something up and hoping it will stick).
This year I challenge you to avoid focusing on “what if” and “wish we could of”; instead build on the programs which are vibrant in your county. Reach out to the leaders in your community and ask them these five questions:
1. What has been a high-point experience in 4-H when you felt MOST proud, successful, and effective?
2. What do you VALUE most about the 4-H program in _______county/parish?
3. What are the CORE FACTORS that make 4-H function at its best, when it feels a great place to be, and without which it would cease to exist?
4. Imagine it is three years (could be 5 or 10) in to the future. What would be going on in the county/parish 4-H program? (What is happening?, What has changed?, What has stayed the same?, How have you contributed to the program?)
5. What needs to be done to BRIDGE the gap? (What can we keep doing that is good?, What can we do better?, What needs to stop?, What are some transitions which need to take place?)
Asking the questions is only part of the process, it is also important to follow up and reinforces the idea that everyone is a part of the team and is needed to make the Utopian 4-H program happen. It is the team’s commitment to the plan, which will make it work. As you move through the process, you as the facilitator will assist the 4-H community in accomplishing the overarching goals you have set for the new year. It is easy to get distracted and try to over extend yourself, however; if you keep in mind grow in a journey not a race before long having the BEST 4-H Program will outweigh having the BIGGEST program any day of the week.

Global 4-H Network Summit & 4-H LEARNS Launch

By Jamie Davis, Oregon State University and Western Region Director

In July over 500 4-H youth, volunteers and professionals, from 35 countries, gathered in Ottawa, Canada for the second Global 4-H Network Summit. 4-H Canada did a truly remarkable job hosting this event! Each day of this four-day conference centered on a globally relevant theme; supported by amazing keynote speakers, engaging workshops and fun nighttime activities. The strong partnerships and support of the Canadian 4-H Youth Development Program from the private and public sectors was evident. For more information about this event, please visit the blog: http://global-4-h-network.com/blog/
During the Global 4-H Network Summit, Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada’s Chief Executive Officer, announced the launch of 4-H LEARNS. This platform is a global online community for 4-H professionals and volunteer leaders to connect and share resources from around the world. Create your profile today at

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

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