Dear YD colleagues,
In less than two weeks, Youth Development educators, state program staff and program coordinators from across the state will gather for our annual YOUth & U staff development conference.
This year's theme is, "Building on traditions and inviting transformation: youth development in the 21st century". Our objectives are to recognize our accomplishments over the past year, provide staff with opportunities to network and strengthen relationships with colleagues, and to obtain relevant and useful information, ideas, and best practices to use in program planning and implementation. For example, the statewide STEM and Science of Agriculture teams will both have workshops on work they have been developing in these critical areas.
Another important objective is to share a five-year plan that will help us demonstrate the positive impact 4-H is having in the lives of Minnesota youth. The plan includes three target areas that we will track and measure progress in across the state. These targets along with the rest of the plan build on what we do well, and will help guide the design, implementation and evaluation of our programs. We believe that through this plan, our outcomes will become more concrete and explainable, and show the measurable difference 4-H makes.
The educators from each region who serve as liaisons to the Youth Development Leadership Team have been helping us explore how to best engage all educators and program coordinators in thinking about and shaping regional plans that will contribute to achieving these targets over the next several years.
We will devote time at YOUth & U to engage staff in discussions to gather initial feedback and creative thinking to kick off this exciting journey to showing our impact.
If you have any questions prior to YOUth & U, feel free to talk with the educator in your region who serves as a liaison to the YDLT:
- NW Region: Rebecca Harrington - email@example.com
- SE Region: Margo Herman - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Central Region: Josey Landrieu - email@example.com
- NE Region: Heidi Haugen - firstname.lastname@example.org
- SW Region: Carrie Olson - email@example.com
Associate dean & state 4-H director