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Tuesday, January 2, 2018   (2 Comments)
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National Association of Extension 4-H Agents

E-News Blast – January 2018


In This Issue...

· From Where I Sit…..President, Casey Mull Ph.D.

· Save the Date for VIRTUAL Professional Development in 2018!

· NAE4-HA for the NEW Extension Professionals Webinar Series

· Link to the Journal of Youth Development’s latest issue

· Northeast Region Program Highlights

o West Virginia 4-H Teen Leader Council (TLC)

o CS First

o Mineral County STEM Festival

o Take your 4-Hers Outside!

· 4-H Collaborates with School in Addressing Bullying Issue



From Where I Sit...


My hope for each of you is that you have exited the holiday season refreshed and rejuvenated towards 2018.  In addition to our many religious celebrations, the hope and expectation of New Year’s Eve, and college bowl season, I always appreciate reflecting on the past year during December.  This past month, I have thought about where your Board of Trustees have guided our association and also about the professional development faculty and staff members from Purdue facilitated for us in Indianapolis.  


But as we add an additional year, it is also an opportunity to look forward to the horizon for ourselves individually and collectively.  For me, (as of this writing) I am looking forward to my glorious Georgia Bulldogs battling Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl.  It’s the first time in over 75 years we have played in the Rose Bowl.  A mantra shared by Coach Kirby Smart is that the bulldogs should Attack the Day. 


My hope for each of you, rejuvenated and refreshed by the holiday season, is that we can Attack the Year, both individually and collectively.  Your Board of Trustees has many plans, goals, and resolutions to improve the strength of our association, in addition to the upcoming conference in Columbus.  Our association is more than just a yearly conference.  Our task forces and committees accomplish so much and I encourage you, if you are not a part, to engage with these groups. 


Over the coming months, we are examining the roles and titles of these groups to ensure they are appropriately named for the long-term, year-round responsibilities they undertake.  Our new membership platform, Your Membership, offers significant ways to engage, even if you miss a conference.  I encourage you to log in today, join a group (or make one) to support your state’s association or to engage at the national level. 


At the personal level, I my hope is that you may find an appropriate work-life balance.  A strong association is created by healthy, contributing individuals.  It is easy to succumb to the youth who needs help with their demonstration, the camp schedule that has not been completed, or the new volunteer who needs training.  For us to be able to Attack the Year collectively, we must condition ourselves individually.  For me, my physical, emotional, and spiritual self is rejuvenated by running.  In March 2018, I hope to share a little bit about my personal interest with you.  In 2018, I encourage you to continue (or find) a hobby outside of our selfless service of youth in America in order to condition yourself in order to make our collective impact.

I look forward to sharing with you, albeit briefly, throughout the year the accomplishments, challenges, and opportunities of our youth development professionals.  If you have feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at mullcd2@uga.edu.


Save the Date for Virtual Professional Development Opportunities in 2018!

Submitted by Jeffrey Burke, NAE4-HA Virtual Professional Development Task Force Chair

As an NAE4-HA member, we invite you to engage in professional development monthly through our virtual professional development opportunities!  These webinars are streamed live and archived for later viewing, designed to fit the busy schedule of an Extension professional.  With content presented by NAE4-HA members and sponsored by NAE4-HA committees and tasks forces, it is our goal to connect you with other NAE4-HA members to explore and share current trends in youth and professional development.  What an exciting way to grow professionally in the comfort of your office!

Webinars will be held the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST.  Please save the dates below on your calendar for each monthly session.  

  • January 17

  • February 21

  • March 21

  • April 18

  • May 16

  • June 20

  • July 18

  • August 15

  • September 19

  • November 21

Are you looking for an opportunity to present on a national scale, but may be limited due to travel?  Submit a proposal for a virtual professional development webinar!  The Virtual Professional Development Task Force is there to support you every step of the way through the application process, connecting you with an NAE4-HA committee or task force, and assisting in evaluation and follow up.  With a streamline application process through the NAE4-HA website, applying to lead a webinar has never been easier!  Use this link to apply: http://nae4ha.com/page/ProfDev

Again, we are excited to bring these professional development opportunities to you in 2018!  If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Burke, Virtual PD Task Force Chair, at jburke@uga.edu.


NAE4-HA for the New Extension Professionals Webinar Series

For NEW Extension Professionals

A professional development series offered for youth development professionals within their first three years of employment.  This series will assist new professionals in understanding the benefits and business of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.  Webinars will share insights on the importance of being involved in NAE4-HA as well as tools that will help the new professional create and manage a successful professional development experience through NAE4-HA.



Webinar Information - Click the links below each title to Register!

January 10, 2018

Title: NAE4-HA: What are the Benefits


Presenter: Tamara McGaughy and Abby Smith

Email:tdmcgaughy@ag.tamu.edu / awsmith@uga.edu

Abstract: Why should I join NAE4-HA?What are the benefits of being a member?Will this really help me in my career?Are these some of the questions that are running through your head regarding NAE4-HA membership?We understand and have been there before.Welcome to NAE4-HA and let us share the benefits you will gain though your association membership.

March 14, 2018

Title: Expanding Your Professional Development with NAE4-HA


Presenter: Abby W. Smith

Email: awsmith@uga.edu

Abstract: This webinar will provide you with a better understanding of professional development opportunities available to all association members.These include virtual professional development webinars, journal of youth development, awards submissions and virtual committee/task force meetings.There is more you can do to be involved than just attend a National Conference.Learn about the many benefits of association membership you can be engaged in without leaving your office.

May 9, 2018

Title: It’s Time to Register for Conference … but how?!?!




Abstract: Deciding to go to the NAE4-HA Conference was easy but going through the online registration is a different story! Let us help you as you prepare to navigate the online registration system.We don’t want you to miss the chance to register for pre-conference offerings and seminars on wheels that are also available through this registration process.It may seem overwhelming but we are here to walk you through the process step-by-step.

August 8, 2018

Title: Committees, Task Forces and Business Meetings, Oh My!




Abstract: A guide to understanding the foundation of association involvement.Committees, Task Forces and Business Meetings are all integral ways for members to be involved in the Association but it can often be overwhelming to a new Extension Professional.This session will help you to understand why business meetings are important, what happens during business meeting and why you should be there.Attendees will also learn about the structure of the association and how committees, sub-committees and task forces are the lifeblood of the association.

September 12, 2018

Title: Navigating Conference as a New Extension Professional




Abstract: You are registered for the NAE4-HA Conference…Now What?This session will help attendees to learn how to navigate a conference schedule, learn to use the Conference App, how to maximize your time in the exhibit hall, important sessions to attend and more.Did you know there’s an orientation just for New Extension Professionals/First Time Attendees at the Conference?This webinar will take the stress out of your first experience at a National conference.



Journal of Youth Development has just published its latest issue at jyd.pitt.edu.


Our winter issue highlights identity formation and thriving, provides an overview of youth-adult partnerships, and explores engagement in an initiative to make Scouting more accessible to ethnically and racially diverse boys from lower-resource communities. We feature a campus-based mentoring program, and how a program is using digital media with Latino immigrant youth. Finally, we review a new resource, Strategies to Scale Up Social Programs: Pathways, Partnerships and Fidelity.

2017 was an exciting year for JYD. We welcomed a new editor, launched our new online platform, published four issues and were selected for coverage in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ECSI). We look forward to 218, especially our two forthcoming special issues on The Value of Camp Experiences for Positive Youth Development (Spring 2018) and on Promoting Health and Well-being in Youth (Fall 2018).

We are thankful for our authors for choosing JYD to share their scholarship, our reviewers for helping make JYD stronger, and our readers for trusting JYD as your go-to place for youth development research and practice



Northeast Region Program Highlights


West Virginia 4-H Teen Leader Council (TLC)

The WV 4-H Teen Leader Council (TLC) is a new advisory group for the WV 4-H program. Members of the TLC are Ambassadors for the 4-H program who help promote 4-H, plan teen led 4-H activities, and provide leadership in a variety of state 4-H events. The application process was coordinated by a youth/adult planning committee. High school 4-H members were invited to apply for the first Teen Leader Council in 2017.  Twenty-seven members were chosen based on their quality applications. The TLC is a truly youth-led group. At the first two meetings in 2017, members designed action plans based on fundraising, marketing, program, and by-laws/policy. The future looks bright for our WV 4-H program with these young people actively leading the way! For additional information on the program, please contact WVU Fayette County Extension Agent Andrea Mender at Andrea.Mender@mail.wvu.edu


CS First

National 4-H and Google have joined forces for a first-of-its-kind computer science (CS) collaboration that will teach kids both technical skills like coding, and essential skills students will need in the future like, teamwork and resilience. The collaboration is funded by a $1.5 million grant from Google.org to establish a CS program that will empower more than 100,000 young people across 22 states in its first year. https://4-h.org/media/4-h-and-google-team-up-to-bring-computer-science-education-to-kids-across-the-country/

One focus of this collaboration is the use of CS First.  https://csfirst.withgoogle.com/en/home

CS First is a free web-based program built around the Scratch programming language and is designed for youth in grades 4-8. The program exposes youth to computer science through video tutorials and modules that lead youth through experiential projects to design their own animated stories or video games. CS First offers nine unique modules, called clubs, which contain 8 one-hour sessions that cover themes such as animation, storytelling, or music & sound. These clubs are perfect for a variety of 4-H programming including in-school, out-of-school, camping and club activities.

To learn more about the ways West Virginia 4-H is implementing this program, please contact Jen Robertson-Honecker, WVU Extension 4-H STEM Specialist, at Jen.Robertson@mail.wvu.edu 


Mineral County STEM Festival

The 6th Annual Mineral County Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Festival for area students and parents will be held on Saturday, March 24 from 12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM on the campus of WVU Potomac State College. This area STEM Festival is modeled after the USA Science and Engineering Festival and Expo held in Washington, D.C.  It is an exciting venue to experience the numerous hands-on activities! Interested groups are invited to submit proposals.

“The STEM Festival has become a known event for Mineral County and WVU Potomac State College with families traveling from throughout the region to attend. The success is due in large part to the outstanding presenters who provide quality hands on STEM learning experiences,” says Margaret Miltenberger, WVU Extension Service 4-H and Family Extension Agent.

The mission of the festival is to re-invigorate the interest of our youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities and careers by producing and presenting compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science gatherings. Business, industry and organizations participate by providing a hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) activities that stimulate interest and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. For additional details on this program, please contact WVU Mineral County Extension Agent, Margaret Miltenberger at m.miltenberger@mail.wvu.edu.


Take your 4-Hers Outside!

Outdoor skills education is becoming an increasingly popular and sought out field for youth activities. West Virginia 4-H offers many opportunities for young people to be outside and learn about the environment and outdoor recreation. WV 4-H camps present the largest opportunity for outdoor education followed by club, county, and special state events.

The West Virginia 4-H program offers shooting sports, ATV safety and riding, water sports, hiking and wildlife education, rock climbing, camping and more. This year, as the Grant County 4-H Agent, I personally taught both county and state camp wilderness classes, organized a county 4-H ski trip, provided canoeing, swimming, and archery as part of camp as well as facilitated outdoor youth educational speaker from WV DEP, and lastly lead bicycling and hiking workshops as part of networking at WVU Extension Annual Meeting.

Professionally, WVU Extension offers great outdoor recreation and education opportunities. Certifications and Trainings include 4-H Shooting Sports certification, Wilderness First Aid training, ACA Canoe Certifications, and outdoor leader training. I also took advantage of our faculty travel grant and attended a Leave No Trace Master Educator Course. This 5-day wilderness course was taught by certified Leave No Trace trainers for educators to learn and thus teach the Leave No Trace wilderness ethics. The course included both practical training and curriculum as well as teaching experience. As a LNT Master Educator, I am now well equipped to now teach responsible outdoor ethics and to encourage youth and adults to enjoy the beneficial aspects of the outdoors. Additionally, this fall I was selected as the Leave No Trace Advocate for West Virginia (one per state) giving me more access to curriculum and National resources for outdoor and LNT education programming. Leave No Trace is important to incorporate into all outdoor education to encourage 4-Hers to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.

For additional information, please contact Alex Coffman, WVU Grant County Extension Agent, at Alexandra.Coffman@mail.wvu.edu. 


4-H Collaborates with School in Addressing Bullying Issue

Submitted by Dinah Rowe, University of Georgia, Heard County Extension Coordinator


After 100 middle school students were polled in 2016, 93% of those 100 kids indicated either they had been bullied themselves or witnessed a bullying incident on school property. The Heard County 4-H agent met with school administration to inform them they had a bullying problem. Many of the kids stated that the teachers were lingering in the hallways at the beginning of classes and that it was during this time that a lot of bullying incidents took place. Also, many incidents took place in the hallway while changing classes, in the bathrooms and on the school bus. After bringing this to the attention of school administration, they requested the surveys that the 4-H agent gave to the kids and reviewed them at faculty meetings. The school administration formed a leadership team that consists of key teachers and charged them with finding a solution. Some of the policy changes that have been put in place as a result of the meeting with the 4-H agent and analyzing the surveys are:  It is now mandatory that extra teachers stay in the hallways during the changing of classes and that teachers stay in their rooms and not have discussions in the hallway while class is in session. Teachers are also placed just outside the bathroom entrances during class changes. Students are encouraged to report all bullying incidents to an adult while their anonymity will not be jeopardized. After a follow up survey given in 2017, bullying incidents at Heard County Middle School have steadily decreased. While the administration continues to look at this issue, and realizes that more needs to be done, these are some of the immediate practices that have been put into place.


This edition of E-news was brought to you by the 2017-2018 NAE4-HA Board of Directors

Deadline for articles or news submissions is the 20th of each month, which will be published the following month.  This next editions deadline is January 20th for the February e-news edition.

Please submit news to rbt@uga.edu


National Association of Extension 4-H Agents

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(919)232-0112 / execdir@nae4ha.com



Becky Bell says...
Posted Thursday, January 4, 2018
New format is easier to navigate
MaryJo A. Moncheski says...
Posted Wednesday, January 3, 2018
I love the format and colors!

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