I am pleased to announce the recipients of the Extension Issue Area Grants. Earlier this summer, Extension put out a call for proposals that would advance work in the following issue areas:
Promoting Youth Educational Success
The issue area grants have been created to support cross-disciplinary work, increase external visibility and demonstrate Extension's comparative advantage to address these complex issues. Successful projects will create positive impact and contribute to Extension's cross-center collaboration and external partnerships.
Grants have been awarded for the following projects:
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Learners: Growing environments to foster learning and academic success
Project leaders: Judy Myers and Sara Langworthy, both from the Extension Children, Youth and Family Consortium
Save Native Pollinators, Secure Food Production and Safeguard Our Environment: A science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) integrated youth program
Project leaders: Hui-Hui Wang, Extension 4-H STEM specialist; and Patrick Jirik, Extension educator in youth development
The Fresh Connect Learning Laboratory: Leveraging Extension and community expertise to support emerging food hubs in Greater Minnesota
Project Leaders: Noelle Harden, Extension educator in health and nutrition; and Dana Rieth registered dietician, Lakes Country Service Cooperative
Economic Impact and Enterprise Benchmarking of Market Gardens & Farms in an Eight-county Region of Central Minnesota
Projects leaders: Ryan Pesch and Merritt Bussiere, Extension educators in community vitality; and Brigid Tuck, Extension senior economic impact analyst
Thank you to all who submitted proposals and the proposal review team.