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Use program data to help plan and set goals with your regional team!

The YD program evaluation team has compiled regional monitoring reports for each of the five regions. These reports contain data on youth, parents, volunteers, and staff gathered in the last several months from enrollment, quality measurement, volunteer training records, and the First Year Member Survey. Access the most recent regional reports on the YD Intranet.

Pam Larson Nippolt

Evaluation & research specialist

Attention publishers and content owners! If you are wondering when to capitalize, what to name your file, or if you just need a refresher on county website content training, you can always turn to the YD Intranet. On the web publishing page, you will find videos, presentations and style guides to help you along the way.

Melissa Pierce

Communications associate

One week remains for all 4-H Youth Development staff to complete the Safety of Minors online training through ULearn by May 1, 2015. Thank you to the many individuals who have completed this task already. If you have yet to complete it, you may access it through ULearn by searching for "Safety of Minors" in the search box. The training is ten minutes long and its completion will be reflected in your personal ULearn account.

We are pleased to share that YD Intranet resources have been updated to provide valuable resources for use in implementing the Safety of Minors policy. You may access resources for new and current volunteers on the YD Intranet through the volunteer systems page under volunteer training. Beginning on May 1, all new volunteers will complete the Safety of Minors training as part of their required orientation prior to being accepted as a 4-H volunteer. Current volunteers MUST complete the training by July 1, 2015 in order to be eligible to continue volunteering. There are a variety of ways that volunteers may complete the training including through 4HOnline, without logging in to 4HOnline through UMConnect, by attending a local face-to-face viewing session and signing the provided sign-in sheet, requesting a DVD recording of the training, or downloading a PDF transcript of the training.

Roll-out webinars for staff to better understand how the Center for Youth Development will implement the Safety of Minors policy will take place on Monday, April 27 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday, April 28 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. The sessions will be recorded for those who are unable to attend. To connect to the meeting, visit and enter session 741 140 166.

Molly Frendo

State program director, volunteer systems

Do you have all the volunteers you need? Most programs struggle to recruit enough volunteers to meet the needs of the program. In this session, we will explore the concept of targeted volunteer recruitment and how you can use it to find volunteers who contribute to the program in meaningful ways. Targeted volunteer recruitment is a more deliberate, strategic way of identifying volunteers who might be interested in a particular role and has been shown to be more effective than generic efforts. This session will be helpful whether you're looking for volunteers for new initiatives such as STEM clubs, afterschool programming, youth leadership programs or just looking to use existing volunteers in new and specific ways. You will leave this interactive session with ideas to maximize your recruitment efforts and recruitment tools that can be used by individual staff members or a team.

Join us on Thursday, May 28 from 1 - 2:15 p.m. for a webinar that will explore the differences between broad-based and targeted volunteer recruitment, examine trends affecting volunteerism, and look at recruiting the 21st century volunteer. You can access the webinar at, meeting number 743 221 910. It will be recorded and shared if you are unable to attend.

Molly Frendo

State program director, volunteer systems

FairPlus! for new staff

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The (likely) last ever FairPlus! webinar for county staff will be held on Wednesday, April 29 from 10 - 11 a.m. This will be an overview and introduction to FairPlus! setup and operations for county fairs, especially for staff with little or no FairPlus! experience. (Regional staff will have their last FairPlus! webinar for state fair registration in about six weeks).

To attend the webinar (which will be recorded), go to and enter this meeting code: 743 662 492.

Todd Mehrkens

Academic technologist

Applications for the 2015-16 Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador team are now available online until May 15, 2015. We hope you will take a few minutes to review the application packet and encourage youth from your area that would be a good fit to apply. Applications are due May 15 and include a recommendation form submitted by a 4-H program coordinator/director, educator, or 4-H volunteer (in cases where the PC/PD/EE is an immediate relative, new staff, etc). An email was sent through 4HOnline to all youth in 10th grade or above, and posts have been made on social media accounts.

Jacquie Lonning

State program director, citizenship & leadership

4-H YELLO! reminders

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Just a friendly reminder that online registration closes for 4-H YELLO! at midnight on Friday, May 1! Over 100 youth are registered for the event so far. The State Ambassadors created a short promo video at their last retreat that was posted on Facebook and is free to share, or a YouTube link is available here. Please excuse the videographers for any missing heads in filming - it was bright outside and hard to see the screen - or so I've been told. :) Some additional reminders:

  • 4-H screened chaperones are needed for this event - please work with your region's citizenship & leadership team member to identify these individuals.
  • Payments you receive should be deposited the same as for 4-H BLU.
  • Several documents are available on the Intranet to assist with payment or registration questions.
Jacquie Lonning
State program director, citizenship & leadership

The following email message has been sent to 4-H Dairy Project members, grades 6-11:

To: Minnesota 4-H Dairy Project members:

Gopher Dairy Camp is back! Registration is now open!

The 2015 Gopher Dairy Camp is June 7-9 on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus.

Gopher Dairy Camp is a fun 3-day workshop for teens wanting to improve their dairy cattle skills. The camp is open to all youth that have completed grades 6-11, but not yet started 12th grade. Activities include dairy fitting and showmanship workshops, the dairy showmanship contest, the Gopher Gold Auction, dairy foods workshop, fun around the Twin Cities, and an awards banquet.

Note: Gopher Dairy Camp is a hands-on experience and attendees will work closely with a live heifer calf; therefore, experience with dairy cattle is required.

Fee: $60.00 per camper.

Karen Nelson
Fairs and animal science programs

EDI Lunch 'N Learns

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The program evaluation team in collaboration with Kelly Wilkins (Dodge County) and Amy Nelson (Waseca County) will be hosting half hour learning opportunities to acquaint you with the newly launched Enrollment Data Interface (EDI)!

Remaining Lunch 'N Learns will be held from 12 noon - 12:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Friday, May 8
    WebEx meeting code: 749 167 263
  • Wednesday, May 27
    WebEx meeting code: 747 618 046
  • Friday, May 29
    WebEx meeting code: 745 551 970
Attend one or as many as you like! We will take "data requests" for those who want to stay and learn more after 12:30. Topics include orientation to the interface, features, examples, use case scenarios and more. Come learn, explore and get one step closer to becoming a data champion!

Program evaluation team
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