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Thursday, October 1, 2015

From the director

Dear YD colleagues,

Next week is National 4-H Week, and time to kick off our new program year by celebrating 4-H youth and the great ways they are learning and leading.

This year’s theme is, “4-H Grows Here,” to highlight the many positive ways youth grow through their hands-on learning experiences in 4-H. We know that through 4-H, youth gain valuable 21st century skills that help them succeed throughout their lives such as communication, team work, problem solving and confidence.

To help in your efforts to engage new and diverse audiences, we also have some materials currently available in Spanish and will be developing more in the coming months (see article below).

I look forward to hearing about all of the wonderful 4-H Week activities and celebrations you'll be having around the state!


Dorothy McCargo Freeman
Associate dean & state 4-H director

Spanish versions of 4-H promotion/enrollment resources

The YDLT recognizes the growing need to provide some 4-H materials translated into other languages for staff to use to support their efforts to engage new and diverse audiences.

We currently have the following materials translated in Spanish for YD staff to use to engage Spanish-speaking audiences:

This year's budget includes funding to develop promotional materials in at least one other language. The goal is to have these materials developed and available prior to next year.

Watch for more information in the 4-H Administrative Weekly newsletter.

Wendy Huckaby
YD communications manager

4-H Week promotion materials

The following materials and information are available to help you promote 4-H Week events and activities in your county:

  • “4-H Grows Here” flyers, posters, banners, lawn signs and social media information are available on the National 4-H web site.
  • A 4-H Week media release template to pursue media coverage of 4-H Week events and member stories is available in the communications section of the YD intranet. 
  • A 4-H Week proclamation template is available in the communications section of the YD intranet.
  • The “Join 4-H” green tri-fold brochure to print locally for new enrollment efforts is available in the branding section of the Extension intranet.

Wendy Huckaby
YD communications manager

September state and regional report

The YD September state and regional report is now available online! This report includes data compiled from public data sources and statewide program data. In this edition there are data on the strategic target for cultural diversity, projected population trends, and quality systems data.

The purpose for this report is to generate discussion about data that can inform our programming. Consider setting aside time with your regional teams in October and November to discuss and draw lessons from this latest addition. Sam Grant, Sherry Boyce, and Spectra Myers are also available to work with you to use and apply the data.

Samantha Grant
Extension educator, program evaluation

Nov. 24: Equipping Youth with SEL skills public symposium

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is garnering a lot of national attention, but what’s going on right here in Minnesota? The next YD symposium focuses on local SEL data and efforts.

Michael Rodriguez and Eric Moore will share a snapshot of the latest data from our local youth on a set of SEL indicators. Then you’ll hear from a panel of practitioners about what works, based on local promising strategies. All this will help inform Generation Next’s key action strategies to achieve its newest goal towards helping every child be socially and emotionally equipped to learn.

Nov. 24, 9 a.m. - noon

Register here: Equipping Our Youth with SEL Skills: Local Snapshots and Strategies.

New Dakota County 4-H video

Dakota County 4-H has developed a great new promotional video to support its enrollment and outreach efforts!  Funding for the video was provided by the Minnesota 4-H Foundation's Helping Hands Grant program.

See the new video here.

A statewide 4-H promotional video is currently in production, and will be available for staff to use soon in their fall enrollment efforts. Watch for more information in YD Update and 4-H Admin Weekly.

Wendy Huckaby
YD communications manager

Dec. 4: Minnesota Council on Family Relation’s 2015 fall conference

The Minnesota Council on Family Relation’s 2015 fall conference, Addressing Gender in School, Work, and Family will take place Dec. 4. Conference objectives include supporting professionals who are working to create environments that are welcoming and equitable to all students and families; educating professionals on the broad spectrum of sexual development; and providing practical tips for working with individuals and families about the topic of gender and sexual development. Highlights of the conference include:

  • Thought-provoking breakout sessions to better equip us to work with children and families in our schools and communities. 
  • Keynote speaker Jenifer McGuire, PhD discussing her research on gender development and transgender youth.
  • Exposed Brick Theatre presentation of “Trans/formation: Addressing Gender Issues in Schools.”

This conference will be useful to scholars, educators, practitioners, policymakers, and community agencies statewide. Please join us to learn about ways to help youth and families feel safe and lead healthy and productive lives!

Conference details :

  • Date: Friday, Dec. 4, 2015
  • Time: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Location: New Brighton Community Center, 400 10th St. NW in New Brighton

University of Minnesota Extension will partner to add satellite regional sites for educators, school officials and family professionals across the state.

Jennifer Skuza
Assistant dean

Oct. 2 webinar: Emerging Evidence: Parents Forever and the Field of Divorce Education

Do you provide education or services to parents going through a family transition such as a divorce or separation? Are you interested in learning more about the research behind divorce education interventions? If so, then the Emerging Evidence: Parents Forever™ and the Field of Divorce Education webinar is for you!

Kjersti Olson, Extension educator in Family Resiliency, will discuss the research behind divorce education and examine the evidence base for the Parents Forever™ program.

In this webinar, Kjersti will:

  • Outline the brief history of divorce education
  • Explore recent divorce education program research and best practices for parent education
  • Discuss future research plans for Parents Forever™

This webinar will be offered live on Oct. 2 from 12-1 p.m. central time.

A certificate of attendance is available for participants. This webinar is hosted by the Parents Forever™ administrative team.

Register now!

YD in the news

  • Pillars of Ag Literacy in Practice: 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge
    The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture wrote this article about the 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge. Read the article.

  • Oak Grove teen named Poultry Prince
    An Oak Grove 17-year-old was named Poultry Prince at the Minnesota State Fair. Nathan Vonderharr, was crowned alongside 16-year-old Katie Benson, of Staples, who was named the Poultry Princess. Read the full article.

    Youth worker training: Upcoming training and events

    Leadership Matters
    Thursday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. - noon, St. Paul
    Friday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. - noon, Farmington
    This training explores the unique context of youth work management and leadership, and provides internal professional development strategies specifically targeted to youth work practice.

    Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty: Grit and the cultivation of a growth mindset
    Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m, online

    Youth Work Regional Forum, Willmar: Youth in a Global Community…and World
    Regional Forums are designed to bring the current research, trends and knowledge of youth development to youth workers and communities in southwest Minnesota. This Forum will include:
    Tuesday Nov. 17
    9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  (8:30 check-in)
    University of Minnesota Extension Regional Office, Willmar
    Cost: $30 (includes lunch)

    Equipping Our Youth with SEL Skills: Local Snapshots and Strategies (public symposium)
    Nov. 24, 9 a.m. - noon

    Utilizing a Flipped Classroom to Train Teen Teachers
    Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., online

    Youth Work Matters Online
    Jan. 25 - Feb. 29, 2016
    Takes an in-depth exploration into the foundational research and theories of positive youth development. It allows participants to interact with other youth development professionals from around the state, region and nation. Activities include synchronized group time and individual exploration. CEU's available for $10

    Quality Matters Online: A self study

    Dilemmas in Youth Work Online: A self study 

    Youth Engagement Matters Online: A self study 
    Ongoing (registration opening soon)

    Most training and events are free for 4-H staff. Please use the TXTFREE coupon code when registering. For more information about upcoming classes or to register, visit:
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