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Dear YD colleagues,

On Oct. 2, we will hold the second symposium in our social and emotional learning series. Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz will present, "Cultural Resilience: A framework for promoting assets."

Dr. Arauz will share a framework for creating a rigorous, inclusive environment with a diverse community, and discuss how to reframe equity issues from a deficit to an asset-based approach by identifying the skills young people gain from their diverse life experiences and translating them into success within and beyond the classroom.

I hope you take advantage of this important learning opportunity, which is critical to our work and our goal to reach diverse audiences of youth throughout the state. Staff can participate in person or online.

I also encourage you to read Kate Walker's recent blog post on cultural resilience.

On another note, over the next several weeks Jennifer and I will be traveling across the state to meet with regional teams. The goal is to continue the discussions about our 5-year strategic plan and targets, and the Youth Development results of the University Employee Engagement Survey. A key strategy in our 5-year plan is to increase the satisfaction of our employees by fostering an organization of professionalism, collegiality, inclusion, and high standards. The results from the engagement survey are very important and give us insight into specific areas that we can work on together to improve the health and productivity of our work environment for all staff. Our next steps are to figure out how we can best work together to create an action plan and solutions.

I look forward to seeing all of you soon!


Dorothy McCargo Freeman

Associate dean & state 4-H director

Note: The Youth Development program evaluation team will share tips and resources in YD Update to aid staff in program evaluation efforts. The information will be archived on the staff only web page. Please send any questions or suggestions for future topics to

Here are a couple of great resources that you can use to add flare to your evaluation reports:

  • Kuler is a site that lets you play with the color wheel. Choose a main color and then select from six different color schemes to ignite your creativity. You can also import a photo and this tool will pull colors from the photo for you to consider using in graphics.
  • Tineye has a multicolor engine that will search for photos in Creative Commons on Flickr. For example, you can select the colors in the Extension template and Tineye will select photos with those colors. It's a great way to brainstorm different possibilities for illustrating points in your presentation.
Sherry Boyce

Extension educator for program evaluation

National 4-H Week: #iam4H

#iam4H-logo.jpgNational 4-H Week Oct. 5-11 and 4-H National Youth Science Day on Oct. 8 provide great opportunities to put our local 4-H efforts in the spotlight! 4-H families and volunteers will participate in events across the state to celebrate and recognize all of the ways youth are learning and leading in 4-H.

This year, national 4-H has created the #iam4H social media campaign to help spread the word.

During 4-H Week, post a picture of yourself with an #iam4H sign on the Minnesota 4-H Facebook page, your county 4-H Facebook pages, or via twitter using @MN4H. Please also encourage 4-H youth, volunteers, professionals, and alumni to share their #iam4H pride in photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the #iam4H sign and hashtag.

Watch for more information and ideas about strategies to make the #iam4H campaign in Minnesota go viral in 4-H Admin Weekly.

The #iam4H sign, bookmark, flyer and poster templates are available to download, print and use at your 4-H Week events, or display at community partners and businesses that week.

4-H National Youth Science Day

This year's 4-H NYSD experiment is Rocket to the Rescue! In light of the recent natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, this year youth participating in 4-H NYSD will design and build an aerodynamic food transportation device that can deliver a payload of nutritious food to disaster victims! The experiment will help youth learn engineering concepts, develop math skills, learn about nutrition and help solve a relevant, global issue.

The 4-H NYSD is an important part of Minnesota 4-H's priority to spark an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and provides a great opportunity to engage new audiences of youth in our 4-H STEM programs, and raise visibility of our 4-H STEM programs by pursuing media coverage of your county's 4-H NYSD events.

More resources and information can be found on the 4-H NYSD page.

4-H Week and 4-H NYSD media release templates

4-H Week and 4-H National Youth Science Day media release templates, flyers, and proclamation templates are available in the Communications section of the YD Intranet.

Staff are encouraged to use the materials to pursue media stories promoting local events, celebrating 4-H'ers, highlighting the positive impact 4-H is making in communities, and encouraging new 4-H'ers, volunteers, and supporters to get involved.

Wendy Huckaby

YD Communications Manager

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

The University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension have partnered to offer the Youth Development "Brown Bag" Webinar Series since 2010. The purpose is to provide research-based information, hot topics, and trends on topics relevant to youth practitioners. The free webinar format provides professional development opportunities for people who work with youth, without the cost and travel usually incurred with workshops and conferences!! Participants are able to ask questions and get answers in "real time" while the presenter conducts interactive discussions, questions and polls for sharing and applying the information to your work.

The webinar is free - however registration is required to receive the web-link and handouts. Groups wishing to view the webinar together at one location are encouraged - Register once per site.

Webinars are from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (CT). The dates and topics this year are:

  • Nov. 12, 2014: Using Technology to Build Capacity in Volunteer Programs by Molly Frendo
  • Jan. 14, 2015: Changing Adolescent Healthy Living Behavior through Mentoring by Judith Conway & Carrie Olson
  • March 11, 2015: Mentorship (re)Explained... by Joshua Kukowski & Brian McNeil
  • May 13, 2015: Exploring 4-H: Hands-on Science by Linda Hauge & Sharon Smith
For more information and to register visit:

Kari Robideau

Extension educator and associate Professor

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

2014 Helping Children Succeed RFP

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Greater Twin Cities United Way is pleased to announce that we will be releasing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Community Impact grants to Help Children Succeed in late September 2014. This RFP aligns with United Way's mission to create pathways out of poverty and reflects United Way's commitment to addressing educational disparities. Funding is slated to begin July 1, 2015.

These grants are open to any 501(c)(3) serving or looking to serve in the nine-county metro area that works with low-income children and youth at or below 200% of the poverty line. Organizations that are selected will not only be awarded a yearly monetary allocation, but will also benefit from being part of United Way's network of community partners. This network supports collaboration amongst funded partners, peer learning and professional development. In addition, they serve as a key vehicle and partner in determining how best to meet our community's most pressing needs.

In order to make the application process as easy as possible for proposers, United Way will be offering two trainings to walk you through key components of the RFP and the online application process. Participation in these trainings is highly encouraged, though not required. The trainings will take place at Greater Twin Cities United Way, 404 S. 8th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Please note that trainings may fill up, so please be sure to register as soon as possible. An additional training date will be added if needed.

If you would like to attend one of these in-person trainings, please register by Tuesday, Sept. 30.

If you wish to participate via live webinar, please register by clicking on the date you wish to attend below.

For the most up-to-date and timely information regarding the RFP, please visit our website.

Greater Twin Cities United Way

YD in the news

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The Sept. 12 issue of the Land Online featured several articles on 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair:

  • The cover story (page 9): 4-H youth ag media project
  • Page 10: Excerpt of 4-H youth media project participant James Symanski's story
  • Page 11: 4-H aeropsace judge, Shawn Hokuff
  • Page 14: 4-H growth
  • Page 14: 4-H'er Brian Prchal, 4-H poultry project and bioenergy
Click e-edition in the top navigation to read the stories:

Wendy Huckaby

Communications Manager

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

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

Using Technology to Build Capacity in Volunteer Programs (Brown bag webinar series)
Nov. 12, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Youth Engagement Matters
Dec. 9, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Rochester Community and Technical College

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

Changing Adolescent Healthy Living Behavior through Mentoring (Brown bag webinar series)
Jan. 14, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Mentorship (re)explained... (Brown bag webinar series)

March 11, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Exploring 4-H: Hands-on Science (Brown bag webinar series)

May 13, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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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