National Association of Extension 4-H
E-News Blast –MAY
From Where I Sit...
The past couple months have been a whirlwind of activity
which have resulted in potential partnerships that will equip NAE4-HA well over
the next few years. I applaud the
NAE4-HA Board of Trustees for pushing and challenging us to fulfill our
strategic plan, using it as a guide for our actions during our most recent
The first week in March, the Board of Trustees met at
4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia. This
facility not only allowed us to conserve funds, but also it allowed the board
to get to know each other more closely without segregating to our separate
hotel rooms at night. The board took a
close look at the 2021 Conference, examining what components we want to
maintain and what we release a state host committee from completing. A smaller group is teasing out components of
our current conference management structure to provide greater accessibility to
host the conference in other desirable, affordable locations
states with hosting responsibilities.
During the PILD conference last month, the president’s
council led a discussion among our state association representatives. Throughout these conversations, the board of
trustee’s ideas were confirmed with many of the ideas coming from our
states. While professional development
will always remain the core of our annual conference and meeting, we look
forward to adapting the way we market and position our professional development
opportunities within the sphere of influence of positive youth development.
THAN 6 MONTHS AWAY……
Nate Arnett and Becky Barker, Ohio 4-H Educators & 2018 NAE4HA Conference
We hope everyone is getting fired up
about “reinventing yourself” at the 2018 NAE4-HA conference October 7-11 in the
inspirational city of Columbus, Ohio!
Registration will be available May 1 and there are a few
things that you may want to know to get ready:
your lodging wisely!
You must stay at the Hyatt Regency Columbus which is the conference hotel
Make sure to coordinate with your peers/roomies when making hotel reservations. New this year—when making your reservation you will be required to pay a one-night deposit ($169 + taxes) that is non-refundable if the reservation is
Register early and save!
- May 1 – July 15: Early bird registration at $475 (for members)
- July 1 – August 31: Regular registration at $550 (for members)
- September 1 – September 24: Late registration at $600 (for members)
Other important information!
- Life member registration is $375 and you are not required to stay at the conference hotel
- Daily, guest and student options are available
- Sign-up for terrific Tours and Seminar on Wheels
- A special message to all members will go out with more details when the conference registration site is live cancelled. Plan ahead and reserve once.
Photos from South Dakota
South Dakota 4-H Staff spent part of their conference making blankets for a local dialysis center. Robby Kelly, North Central Region Director, enjoyed his time at the conference and brought greetings from NAE4-HA.
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
· 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 email@example.com.
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.
- Click the links below each
title to Register!
May 9, 2018
Title: It’s Time
to Register for Conference … but how?!?!
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
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
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
The Tennessee Association of Extension 4-H Workers at the 2018 State Conference, which was held at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Kendriana Price, Southern Region Director, shared an update with attendees.
Georgia’s 4-H Senior Conference – AKA … 4-H
years, Georgia 4-H’ers asked about having a 4-H Prom. The 4-H’ers wanted the opportunity to go to
prom with their 4-H friends, many saying they would rather go to it instead of
attending to their own school’s prom.
In 2013, Dr.
Lori Bledsoe, Northwest 4-H Program Development Coordinator, and Al Parker,
Northeast 4-H Program Development Coordinator, decided to offer kids the
opportunity by rebranding the Georgia 4-H Senior Conference. This event had not
been held in 7 years due to the lack of participation. The new event was held in early April at Rock
Eagle 4-H Center and was open to all 9th – 12th graders across the state.
Each year we
have changed the activities that have occurred.
There’s much more to the weekend that just a prom. We have offered classes on ballroom dance,
table manners, how to tie a tie, and square dancing. The schedule in 2018
included a motivational speaker and a share fair, which included
representatives from eight schools and universities as well as 31 youth
which is held in Georgia EMC Pavilion at Rock Eagle 4-H Center, allows enough
room for dining, announcing of participants, and dancing. Once the dance is over, kids go back to their
cabins to change for the “after party” which offers several choices of
inflatable slides and obstacle courses, more dancing, and a mechanical bull.
departing on Sunday morning, youth attend an assembly where all district and
state officers, camp counselors, and State Congress delegates are recognized,
as well as naming of the king and queen.
Potential candidates for state board are also given their first chance
to campaign. Youth are given details on
all upcoming 4-H events they can attend.
The first year
saw an attendance of 250 youth. In the
six years of its existence, the event has grown to over 500 attending each
year, with a total of 547 attending last month.
If you are
looking for ways to improve your high school 4-H program, just listen to your
kids to see what they want to do. This
successful event came from one of those conversations. If you would like more details on the Georgia
4-H Senior Conference, contact Al Parker firstname.lastname@example.org
or Lori Bledsoe at email@example.com.
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
Civil Discourse (domestic citizenship) presented by Doug Swanson, 4-H National Headquarters,
the National Institute of
Civil Discourse in the
development of a text based
“Revive Civility.” We will introduce
the program and share how you can utilize
it in your local 4-H
programs. We will also
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
Global Youth Citizenship (global citizenship) presented by Jennifer Skuza, Assistant Dean,
University of Minnesota Extension
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
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
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
NATIONAL 4-H FILM FESTIVAL
COMES TO COLUMBIA,
Submitted by: Brad Anderson,
University of Missouri
Youth from across the nation
go on location to Columbia, Missouri
this summer to take part in “FilmFest
4-H,” the national
4-H film festival. Co-produced by Missouri
4-H and the Missouri
Film Office, FilmFest 4-H has drawn youth participants from 21 states since its inception. “Companies across
all industries use digital media every day,” said Missouri
Film Specialist Andrea
Sporcic. “Scriptwriting, camera framing,
and video editing
skills are becoming
as important as reading in a lot of jobs.”
in its 8th year, the festival continues its mission to bring youth together to learn from working
professionals in the television and film industry. Past presenters have included
film directors, actors,
TV series editors, writers,
stunt persons, special
effects (SFX) experts, sound engineers
and commercial animal trainers.
One presenter just announced
for 2018 is SFX makeup artist
Joseph Drobezko. An internationally recognized makeup artist
who has already worked on several films,
Drobezko is fresh off the most recent season of the SyFy series Faceoff.
4-H film festival has developed
a reputation for rich interactions with professionals like Drobezko not common at other events.
“FilmFest is a chance
to get to know these professionals, learn some of their secrets
and ask all your questions,” said State 4-H Youth Specialist Bradd Anderson, who co-produces the event. “It’s a place to connect
and be inspired, not some large convention where you stand in line with strangers
and pay money for a quick autograph.” Sporcic agreed, adding “FilmFest 4-H really
is a unique experience. Over the years, it’s been exciting to see several of
our youth turn their enthusiasm for film into a career path of their own.”
FilmFest 4-H takes place July 29 –
August 1 in Columbia, Missouri and pre-registration is required. Passes to
attend FilmFest 4-H are available on the FilmFest 4-H web site at http://filmfest4h.org for $129, and conference rates are available
for lodging. Those wishing to keep up
with the latest news and announcements can follow @filmfest4h on Facebook,
Twitter, and Instagram.
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
Front Row: Becca
Fint-Clark-Northeast Region, Diane Baker-North Central Region, Kathy
Riggs-Western Region, and Brad Kunsman-Northeast Region
Back Row: Rebecca
Thomas- Southern Region, Robert Kelly-North Central Region, Jesse
Bocksnick-Southern Region, Kendriana Price-Southern Region and Nancy
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