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The program evaluation team is gathering data and producing a second 2014 report for regional and state program teams. This report will include data gathered from 8 - 12th grade 4-H youth across the state using the Universal Common Measure, the statewide results from the post-secondary plans survey project with 4-H seniors, and a reporting of higher education enrollment of 2013 4-H seniors (along with other reporting). Learn which institution of higher education had the highest Minnesota 4-H enrollment during 2013!

Consider setting aside time on the agendas that you are helping to set in October and November to discuss and draw lessons from this latest addition. Sam Grant, Sherry Boyce and Pam Larson Nippolt are also available to work with you to use and apply the data in your work and planning.

Program evaluation team

Over the past program year, 15 staff members from across the Extension Center for Youth Development engaged in a staff development opportunity to share and learn through personal stories about diversity and inclusion within our work. Cohort members included: Josey Landrieu, Kathryn Sharpe, Susan Beaulieu, Ann Walter, Anita Harris, Judith Conway, Jacquie Lonning, Darcy Cole, Carolyn Dingfelder, Joe Rand, Anna Gilbertson, Joanna Tzenis, Joshua Kukowski, Amie Mondl, and Krista Lautenschlager. Participants discussed readings, engaged in group activities and discussion, and reflected personally on enhancing and developing a mind set, skill set, and heart set for working with diversity and inclusion.

As an output of their learning, the cohort members have created seven short films focused on topics such as: building partnerships across cultures, culturally responsive youth-adult partnerships, serving youth with disabilities, religious inclusion, and working with LGBT youth. Please join the members of the cohort at the premiere of their short films on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. - noon at the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC). Please RSVP if you are able to attend at: The project was funded by the University of Minnesota's Equity & Diversity Transformation Awards, a grant program sponsored by the Office for Equity and Diversity.

Extension Center for Youth Development Diversity & Inclusion Shared Learning Cohort Planning Team

Urban 4-H on the radio

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KFAI Radio in Minneapolis, Minnesota Urban 4-H, and Youth Care have come together to create "The Fresh Air Institute," a young voices collaboration that allows youth from across the Twin Cities to be on the air. This summer Urban 4-H program coordinator Brittany Lynch, who also hosts KFAI's "Soul Tools Radio," led three groups of youth from 4-H and YouthCare in creating radio programming at KFAI. There, they participated in community service projects, content development activities, and recording sessions to be broadcast on Aug. 12 for International Youth Day. This experience was called The Fresh Air Institute (FAI)--the first of what we hope to be many summer capstone projects in cooperation with the KFAI radio station. After weeks of experiential learning in the studios, the FAI participants went live on the air to be interviewed about their experiences in the program. All of their pre-recorded content was aired on this day as well. FAI participants were involved in every step of their broadcasting process--from selecting music, to creating on-air personalities, to writing and editing their shows' content. The final products can be heard online here.

Jessica Russo

Assistant Extension professor

Minnesota 4-H Foundation news

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  • Communicate Lead Succeed Award

    For the past several years the Minnesota 4-H Foundation has offered annual awards to youth engaged in multiple activities that build their communication skills. Funding for the Communicate Lead Succeed Award has been expended and is, therefore, no longer available. We hope that you will help us communicate this to any youth in your area who might be affected.

    We are very grateful for the support the Minnesota Corn Growers and Best Buy provided Minnesota 4-H youth through this award. We look forward to finding new ways to encourage communication excellence in the future. Please watch the foundation website for updates.

    If you have any questions about this announcement, please contact Erin Kelly-Collins at the Minnesota 4-H Foundation (

    Erin Kelly-Collins

    Minnesota 4-H Foundation

  • Grant funding for safety & financial literacy education

    State Farm is now accepting applications for their Good Neighbor Citizenship® Company Grants. Funding priorities are for safety education (home safety and fire prevention, disaster preparedness, and disaster recovery) and financial literacy (basic economics, budgeting, and employable skills training).

    Some curriculum resources to consider:

    If you're interested in submitting an application for a 4-H program in your area, please contact Erin Kelly-Collins ( at the Minnesota 4-H Foundation by Sept. 30.

Erin Kelly-Collins
Minnesota 4-H Foundation

YD in the news

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New York Times feature: Your Grandma's Maker Faire

Mower County 4-H'er Laura Meany, Nicollet County 4-H'er Amelia Nelson, and Stevens County 4-H'er Brittany Cardwell were featured in the New York Times article "Your Grandma's Maker Faire" Make sure to click on the photo gallery in the article to see the images!

Read the full article here.

Cultural Resilience: A framework for promoting assets
Public symposium featuring Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz
Oct. 2, 2014
McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall and online by webinar
Thursday, Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Free, but registration is required.

Cultural Resilience: How to find the brilliance in our youth
Oct. 3, 2014, 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), Rm 105
Cost: $25

Youth Work Matters Online
Introductory week: Jan. 12-18, 2015
Course content: Jan. 19 - Feb. 15, 2015
Live webinars: Dates TBD
Cost: $100

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

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