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National Association of Extension 4-H Agents

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President’s Council and Executive Director at JCEP

(Jim Thompson Executive Director, Casey Mull President, Shawn Tiede Past President, and Tony Carrell President Elect)



National 4-H Hall of Fame MC and Entertainer – Call for Applications

Submitted by:  Jeannette Rea Keywood (609-827-0199 or reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu)

 

The National 4-H Hall of Fame Committee is soliciting applications for a 4-H member to serve as the master/mistress of ceremonies and one to provide entertainment (vocal or instrumental) for the 2018 National 4-H Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  This ceremony is scheduled for October 19, 2018 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Each Land-grant University may nominate ONE candidate for consideration as the master/mistress of ceremonies and ONE candidate to be considered for selection to perform at the event. Applicants may be current 4-H members or 4-H alumni who are college age. The state or the 4-H members selected to serve in these roles are responsible for the cost (transportation and lodging) to attend. All applications are due by May 1, 2018.

 

Submission Instructions can be found at:  http://nae4ha.com/resource/resmgr/files/Participate/Hall_of_Fame/HOF_MC_&_Entertainer_Applic.docx

 

Master/Mistress of Ceremonies Application:

http://nae4ha.com/resource/resmgr/files/Participate/Hall_of_Fame/2018_National_4-H_HOF_MC_Ap.docx

Questions regarding MC applications should be emailed to Robbie Jones at jonesr@uga.edu or Cheryl Varnadoe at cv4h@uga.edu

Entertainer Application: http://nae4ha.com/resource/resmgr/files/Participate/Hall_of_Fame/2018_National_4-H_HOF_Enter.docx

Questions regarding entertainer applications should be sent to Jeff Holland at jholland@purdue.edu


Regional Directors

 

Spring Board - We Miss you Becca Fint-Clark!


WORKFORCE READINESS Working Group

The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents/Workplace Readiness Task Force initiated the Impact on Workplace Readiness Skills Development Study for future program direction and impact of 4-H programming in relation to development of workplace readiness skills. The evaluation plan is intended to provide an in-depth narrative evaluation to understand better the way the program impacts youth as related to building foundation skills to prepare them for the workplace.

Task Force professionals throughout the nation were involved with reviewing research on workplace readiness skills needed as identified by numerous sources and development of survey tool to assess level of skills developed through 4-H participation. Validity of the 4-H Workplace Readiness Survey was tested with NJ delegates to national experiences and teen members participating in regional events.

Results of this evaluation are intended to be presented to National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, state 4-H leaders, and National 4-H Council through a formal report. The NAE4-HA Workplace Readiness Task Force will use information provided in the evaluation report to inform 4-H professionals and state leaders how well or poorly 4-H is doing in providing these skills and a foundation for improving and/or expanding efforts.

Objectives.

·         To provide evidence that 4-H youth develop the knowledge and skills that research shows is needed to provide real options after high school – communication, thinking skills, interpersonal relationships, personal responsibility

·         To provide evidence supporting the idea that 4-H youth development programming is a critical component in developing commonly agreed on workplace readiness skills in 4-H participants

Subject Population & Recruitment.      The subject population is youth in grades 8-12. 

·         Youth participants will come from established 4-H programs throughout the US and US territories participating in National 4-H Congress, National 4-H Conference, Citizenship Washington Focus, and 4-H Teen Leadership Summit held at the National 4-H Center, Chevy Chase, MD.

·         4-H youth members in established 4-H programs from states’ and/or county 4-H programs throughout the US that agree to participate in this study will take part in this phase. Only state or county coordinators that have IRB certification will be permitted to participate and will be required to provide certification proof prior to receiving tools.

Youth can access the survey directly at https://rutgers.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bNKKaYQgkqhPOTz or use the QR code. A pdf hard copy version is also available by request from Debi Cole, dcole@njaes.rutgers.edu

 

Preliminary Results

STATES


      2%/less    
New Jersey -  58%   Illinois (5) Tennessee (3)  Massachusetts (2) 
Ohio -  7%   Iowa (5)  W. Virginia (3)  Missouri (2) 
Kansas -  6.8%   Maryland (4)  Wisconsin (3)  N. Carolina (2) 
Michigan -  5.6%   Louisiana (3)  Indiana (2)  Oregon (2) 
      Nebraska (3)  Kentucky (2)  Pennsylvania (2) 
      Nevada (3)  North Dakota (2)   

Q8#1 - 4-H AND SCHOOL - In the last 3 months, how many days have you missed...?

Q11 - What about the following?

#

Question

NEVER 1

 

SOMETIMES 2

 

OFTEN 3

 

A LOT 4

 

Total

1

How often do you feel that schoolwork you are assigned is meaningful and important?

5.06%

20

40.76%

161

34.94%

138

19.24%

76

395

2

How often do you feel that 4-H participation is meaningful and important?

0.76%

3

8.31%

33

30.98%

123

59.95%

238

397

3

Over the past year, how many of your teachers gave you challenging schoolwork?

2.55%

10

18.62%

73

30.36%

119

48.47%

190

392

4

Over the past year, how many times has a 4-H leader/staff gave you a challenge?

5.09%

20

23.92%

94

37.91%

149

33.08%

130

393

5

In an average week, including weekends, how much time do you spend doing family chores like helping around the house or taking care of brothers and sisters?

4.55%

18

21.46%

85

37.88%

150

36.11%

143

396

6

In an average week, including weekends, how many much time do you spend on a 4-H project?

2.53%

10

39.90%

158

33.33%

132

24.24%

96

396

7

How often do you volunteer to help others by making your community better?

1.01%

4

22.67%

90

40.55%

161

35.77%

142

397

Q6 - TO WHAT EXTENT HAS PARTICIPATION IN A 4-H PROGRAM HELPED YOU WITH…?

#

Question

NONE 1

 

SOMETIMES 2

 

OFTEN 3

 

A LOT 4

 

Total

1

Developing general know-how skills?

0.75%

3

11.06%

44

33.67%

134

54.52%

217

398

2

Thinking before making decisions?

1.26%

5

10.58%

42

35.52%

141

52.64%

209

397

3

Dealing with difficult situations or people?

4.79%

19

12.09%

48

25.69%

102

57.43%

228

397

4

Developing a desire to learn more?

1.75%

7

8.27%

33

30.83%

123

59.15%

236

399

5

Developing responsibility?

0.76%

3

4.05%

16

25.06%

99

70.13%

277

395

6

Developing confidence?

1.01%

4

9.32%

37

26.95%

107

62.72%

249

397

7

Learning to be a person of good character?

0.50%

2

6.30%

25

27.96%

111

65.24%

259

397

8

Managing your time?

1.76%

7

16.88%

67

31.74%

126

49.62%

197

397

9

Keeping good records?

2.02%

8

17.93%

71

29.55%

117

50.51%

200

396

10

Planning a budget?

10.33%

41

30.48%

121

26.95%

107

32.24%

128

397

Q6 - TO WHAT EXTENT HAS PARTICIPATION IN A 4-H PROGRAM HELPED YOU WITH…?

11

Using materials/resources available to complete a project?

1.52%

6

16.20%

64

31.90%

126

50.38%

199

395

12

Learning to cooperate with others?

0.76%

3

7.09%

28

25.57%

101

66.58%

263

395

13

Organizing your thoughts, ideas, or plans?

1.27%

5

10.38%

41

33.16%

131

55.19%

218

395

14

Working with diverse people?

2.27%

9

13.64%

54

28.79%

114

55.30%

219

396

15

Developing leadership skills?

0.77%

3

5.63%

22

17.14%

67

76.47%

299

391

16

Learning to resolve conflicts without anger, retaliation, or violence?

6.63%

26

16.07%

63

28.57%

112

48.72%

191

392

17

Finding information on a subject/topic?

2.29%

9

19.59%

77

30.28%

119

47.84%

188

393

18

Evaluating my own performance or achievements?

0.76%

3

16.79%

66

31.81%

125

50.64%

199

393

19

Setting goals and making plans to achieve my goals?

1.27%

5

12.47%

49

32.06%

126

54.20%

213

393

22

Communicating my thoughts and ideas with others?

1.03%

4

9.28%

36

30.15%

117

59.54%

231

388

23

Using computers, digital technology, or other technology?

16.58%

65

36.48%

143

22.19%

87

24.74%

97

392

24

Preparing you for a future in the work place?

4.35%

17

21.23%

83

32.23%

126

42.20%

165

391

25

Looking at a problem and coming up with possible solutions?

2.32%

9

10.05%

39

35.82%

139

51.80%

201

388


Virtual Professional Development

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.  

·         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.


UGA, Extension Mentor Training- Staff Development

 



Call On US!

Your Regional Directors are here to help and have our bags packed ready to come visit your state during state association meetings.  Let us know, if you would like a visit.  CHECK out the website to schedule a visit or if you have questions, our contact information is located here: https://nae4ha.site-ym.com/page/Regions

 



NAE4-HA for the New Extension Professionals Webinar Series

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.   

 

Date

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

May 9, 2018

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

http://nae4ha.com/events/register.aspx?id=1052148

Presenter:

Email:

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!

http://nae4ha.com/events/register.aspx?id=1052147

Presenter:

Email:

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

http://nae4ha.com/events/register.aspx?id=1052152

Presenter:

Email:

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.


NAE4-HA and NIFA
Citizenship Webinar
Series 2018

Please see the information below for times and links to each webinar (all are different)

 

May 8, 2018, 2:00 PM EST

https://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/may8cit/

Civil Discourse (domestic citizenship) presented by Doug Swanson, 4-H National Headquarters,

NIFA, USDA

4-H National Headquarters supported the National Institute of Civil Discourse in the development of a text based program titled “Revive Civility.” We will introduce the program and share how you can utilize it in your local 4-H programs. We will also discuss what civility and civil discourse are and how they related to 4-H programming. National extension resources will be shared. Interactive discussion will focus on what is going on in your local programs related to civility and civil discourse, what the issues and potential for addressing them are, and what resources you need. Please join us for this sharing and discussion session.

 

September 11, 2018, 2:00 PM EST

https://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/sept11cit/

Global Youth Citizenship (global citizenship) presented by Jennifer Skuza, Assistant Dean,

University of Minnesota Extension

Global youth citizenship emphasizes the importance of thinking because our thinking drives our attitudes, behaviors and actions. The presenters will discuss why global youth citizenship is important, define key terms, and frame global citizenship within the context of 4-H Youth Development. They will also discuss youth perspectives and share innovative methods to teach global citizenship. This workshop is based on a peer-reviewed, nationally distributed curriculum entitled WeConnect: A Global Youth Citizenship Curriculum Second Edition.

 

November 6, 2018, 2:00 PM EST

https://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/nov6cit/

English Linguistic Summer Camp 2019 (global citizenship) presented by Alayne Torretta,

County 4-H Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Warren County

This webinar will present current opportunities at the International Summer English Language School in Berdsk, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia to be held the summer of 2019 for Russian youth 6- 17 years of age learning English. The program is in its 13th year and pays all expenses on the ground in country

 



Volunteerism Working Group

Appreciating Others

By JoLynn Miller and Jamie Morris

Appreciation is an expression of gratitude for someone’s time, energy, effort, or specific participation in a particular program delivered on a spontaneous or unscheduled basis.  People may not volunteer to be appreciated, but it is a great feeling when someone thanks you for helping them or sends a note after you helped out with a program.  Appreciation doesn’t have to be a big production or take a lot of time to present, it is as simple as sending an email to say “Thanks” or posting a picture on Facebook to show what someone has done for the benefit of your program.

Appreciation can come in many forms according to The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary Chapman and Paul White.  Including:

·         Words of Affirmation such directly telling someone how much what they did affected you/your program.  This language may take the form of personal (one-on-one), praise in front of others, written emails or texts, public recognition

·         Tangible Gifts such as bringing in coffee and donuts to a club/committee meeting.  Other gift ideas may be gift cards, food, time off (leave early, come in late), trinkets, 4-H pins. 

·         Acts of Service such as offering assistance to finish a project that has helped you in your program.  Service could also take the form of helping stuff packets for a program, assisting set up or clean up when it’s not in your normal role, offering to lend a hand with a program and making sure you do it “their” way.

·         Quality Time such as scheduling a call or a meeting to catch up with an important contributor to your program.  Taking the time to go to lunch to talk about 4-H or NOT talk about 4-H, stopping by their desk/office to check in or taking a walk during a break at an event or call just to chat can allow for some real quality time.

·         Physical Touch such as a high five or a pat on the back for a job well done.

Everyone will “speak” their own language of appreciation, so finding how to communicate your appreciation to others in their language is beneficial.  Be observant to the reactions of others when using different languages to help identify their preferred language.  A person that does not like direct praise may blush or become unusually shy and withdrawn when Words of Affirmation are used, making the appreciation effort counterproductive.  Knowing a person’s least preferred language can help to avoid using it and potentially lessening the appreciation received.

Incorporating appreciation into existing recognition practices may lead to more satisfied volunteers that feel like a part of a team (Chapman & White, 2011).  Recognition, the acknowledgment or the process of recognizing an individual’s abilities, knowledge, service or other specific quality, is common in 4-H programs.  Annual achievement banquets and volunteer recognition events are typical across the U.S., but just as speaking in someone’s least preferred languages is counterproductive to appreciation, formal recognition may not be preferred by some volunteers.  In fact, formal recognition by county or state staff ranks low to most volunteers. (Culp and Swartz, 1998).  Some of the most effective and meaningful appreciation comes from youth and is as simple as a handwritten thank you note.  So, as National Volunteer Month approaches in April, perhaps it is time to consider how to utilize the languages of appreciation and 4-H youth to cultivate a culture of appreciation.  Regular doses of genuine appreciation may provide a boost to your program.  It is surely worth it, and so are your 4-H volunteers! 

Chapman, G; White, P; (2011) the 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace. Chicago: Northfield Publishing.

Culp, K; Schwartz, V: (1998) Recognizing Adult Volunteer 4-H Leaders. Journal of Extension.

 



Board Member Spotlights


Meet a few of our board members and find out what they enjoy about our association, while getting to know them a little better.

 Becca Fint-Clark

Northeast Regional Director

Home Land-grant University: West Virginia University

Work history:

I have been the 4-H Extension Agent in Monongalia County, West Virginia for the past ten years. I grew-up in the 4-H program as a member and served as a volunteer prior to being emplotyed through the West Virginia University Extension Service. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a Master’s of Public Health- both from West Virginia University.

What do you enjoy most about your envolvement in NAE4-HA?

I love the people! I have enjoyed networking with those from the Northeast region, as well as from around the nation.  I have really enjoyed my time with the State Relation Committee over the past two years and prior to that, the Healthy Living Task Force. I always look forward to seeing all my friends and colleagues at conference time.

What’s your favorite movie?

Beauty and the Beast- I have a 5 year old daughter, Aurora, so we live in a princess world. She is named after my hometown in West Virginia and I had no idea that Aurora is Sleeping Beauty’s name, when I named her. Of course, she thinks she’s a princess. 

What is your favortie past-time or hobby?

I love traveling. I have grown-up going on road trips and I still enjoy them.

My favorite quotes:

Happiness isn’t about getting what you want all the time. It’s about loving what you have and being grateful for it.

If you were not working with Extension, what would you be doing?

I can’t imagine doing anything else. I have known since the 6th grade that I wanted to be a  4-H Agent. Although not exactly what I expected , I thought I would be visiting clubs and hanging out at camp, I love what I do.

 




Inspiring Kids to Do.  Thank you, 4-H supporters!


Among the many highlights of the 4-H Legacy Awards last night were the inspiring stories of the 2018 Youth in Action Award winners, including this year's National Youth in Action Winner Utah 4‑H'er Cassandra Ivie. Click here to see her story. 

 

Congratulations U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall

 

Introducing the 2018 4-H Alumni Luminaries

Alumni Luminary Steve Barr honored with the 4 H Youth Champion Award

For more images from the evening please view the full album here


The Greatest Profession – 4-H

 

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 April 20th for the May e-news.

Please submit news to rbt@uga.edu

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Comments...

Jamie L. Morris says...
Posted Thursday, May 10, 2018
I have not received an email with the eNews since January of this year, but I was able to access the newsletter on the site. Are they still being sent out?

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