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The design team of Growing 4-H Opportunities Together: Volunteers in Vision & Action (GOT:VIVA) is excited to announce that the toolkit is on our internal website! It is located under "delivering youth programs" and "volunteer systems, support & management".

GOT:VIVA intentionally aligns two processes that are central to delivering meaningful youth development programs: program development and volunteer systems development. This process relies on a team approach that engages local 4-H program staff and Extension educators working within the region. The purposes of this process are to:

  • Define the direction a county 4-H program can take to contribute to the positive development of young people.
  • Strengthen the volunteer system and structure to advance 4-H priorities.
  • Identify potential organizational partners who have a mutual interest in working together to improve the scope and quality of youth development in the community.
Extension educators with volunteer systems and regional program planning functions are taking the lead in most regions. Program leaders can be a resource to regional teams as they think through appropriate implementation for 2015 and beyond.

We would like to thank all staff that contributed to the development of these materials through field testing, piloting testing, creating materials and reviewing materials over the past three years. This information is included on the acknowledgements page of the toolkit.

Design team leadership: Tamie Bremseth, Becky Harrington and Karyn Santl


Our Youtube channel is growing. We now have 27 videos in our collection, including an undated vintage gem of Joyce Walker and Byron Schneider interviewing Gisela Konopka. (If you know the year, please tell me!)

The channel has playlists for both of our 2014 public symposia, and for a collection of videos made by our inclusion and diversity cohort. Colleen Byrne and Amy Gregoria will be moving our trove of presentation recordings onto this public channel to make it more useful and accessible to our staff and to the public.

Please feel free to watch and use these videos in your work.

Ann Nordby

YD web manager


The responses to the YD Engagement survey indicated that users were having difficulty finding information on the YD Intranet about communications, marketing and branding, which was located under the operations and policies heading. Communications, marketing and branding information keeps growing, so this week we moved all those materials into their own section. You'll now find communications, marketing and branding as one of the eight main categories on the YD Intranet home page. This is where you can find the staff directory, team lists, templates for fact sheets, media releases and other communications, images and much more. Check it out!

Melissa Pierce

Communications associate


Key messages have been developed on Youth Development's 5-year strategic plan, targets and program priorities that staff can use in local communications and as talking points when working with key stakeholders.

The messages are available in the communications section of the YD intranet.

An additional document with general messages about the benefits and impact of out-of-school time programming and the Minnesota 4-H program is also available.

YD fact sheets which include many of these key messages are also available on the following topics:

  • General 4-H
  • General youth development
  • Arts-In
  • Citizenship & leadership
  • County Ambassador pilot
  • Diversity and inclusion shared learning cohort
  • GOT: VIVA
  • Grow 4-H
  • Healthy living
  • Operation Military Kids
  • Research studies
  • Rube Goldberg Challenge
  • Science of agriculture
  • Social & emotional learning (SEL)
  • STEM
  • STEM engineering design
  • Volunteer systems
  • Youth program quality
  • Youth worker training
Wendy Huckaby
YD communications manager


Extension's brand resources on the intranet have been reorganized to make it easier for staff to explore and use all of the templates, training and other resources available.

The new section "Applying the Brand" includes a section called "Training and Samples."

Under the "Samples" tab, you'll find examples of how the branding templates have been used across Extension for educational and program marketing materials. The goal is to help staff see how to correctly use the templates, which have design elements already built for headers, body copy and other layout elements.

Under the "Training" tab, you'll find short 1-3 minute videos with step-by-step directions on how to use the templates. Short text versions of the directions are also available there.

Topics include:

  • Insert and place pictures
  • Resize pictures
  • Apply quick styles to text
  • Create columns
  • Insert and format charts/tables/graphs
  • Convert Word to PDF
The following recordings of 4-H brand training webinars are also located there and available for staff who were unable to participate or want to refresh their skills:
Wendy Huckaby
YD communications manager


The 2014 Fall/Winter edition of Extension's Source Magazine is now available, and features stories about how 4-H is reaching the diverse and changing populations of youth across Minnesota.

The stories highlight the 4-H on Wheels program in Kandiyohi County, and the Franklin Library 4-H club and Ka Joog 4-H STEM program in Hennepin County.

Staff are encouraged to read these stories and share them with 4-H families, partners and other supporters in your community to show the important role 4-H plays in preparing all youth in Minnesota to learn, lead, and contribute, and help Minnesota communities thrive.

You can find the article on Extension's web site here.

Wendy Huckaby

YD communications manager


It's hard to believe, but we are approaching the one-year mark of our new Extension county 4-H web pages! During the past year, we have focused on informing and training staff on how to use this great new communications tool to keep our 4-H members, families and volunteers up to date on what's happening in 4-H in their county.

Our next area of focus is to improve the content of our county 4-H web pages. In order for the county 4-H web pages to be a useful resource for Extension audiences, it is important to ensure that there is current and complete content on the web pages.

An example of what "current and complete" web content looks like for 4-H is that all articles and information shared in the monthly Clover Update county newsletters SHOULD ALSO be put on the county 4-H web page as individual articles or events. (NOTE: One monthly article posting the Clover Update to the web page does not meet the expectation of current and complete information, or represent best practices of what an Extension web page visitor would expect from a web site.)

Content from monthly Clover Update newsletters can be used "as is" on county 4-H web pages. County support staff are responsible for proofing, formatting and uploading content onto the county 4-H web pages. It takes approximately 5-10 minutes to upload one article to the web page (as staff become more comfortable and experienced uploading content, it will take less time.) Program coordinators are responsible for providing the content to be used in Clover Update newsletters and on County 4-H web pages, and ensuring its accuracy.

Now that we have the new county 4-H web pages, questions have been raised about whether the monthly Clover Update newsletters will continue. For now, our focus is on fully implementing the county 4-H web pages. Staff should continue to maintain and deliver information using all of their current communications tools (county web pages, Clover Update newsletters, 4-H Online, e-mail, etc.) Once the county 4-H web pages have been determined to be fully implemented with current and complete content in the new year, we will look at possible implications for the newsletter and other communications tools.

We are currently developing additional resources, training and tools to help support and guide staff in improving content on the county 4-H web pages. One strategy we are exploring is having a state staff person upload state articles to all county 4-H web pages. We are currently figuring out the process and will communicate more later this month.

Watch 4-H Admin Weekly for additional resources and training opportunities. Contact YD web manager Ann Nordby with any questions.

Wendy Huckaby

YD communications manager


Fact sheets are now available in the communications section of the YD intranet on the following priority areas of work in the Extension Center for Youth Development:

  • 4-H STEM engineering design
  • 2015 Rube Goldberg Challenge
  • 2014-15 4-H County Ambassador pilot
  • YD diversity cohort
  • 4-H GOTVIVA
  • Grow 4-H
  • Social emotional learning series
  • 4-H volunteer systems
  • YD research studies
  • YD statewide quality
  • Youth worker training
YD staff are encouraged to use these fact sheets to communicate about these important areas of work to local partners and other key stakeholders. (FYI, these handouts were also made available to NAE4-H national conference attendees.)

Wendy Huckaby
YD communications manager


#iam4H-logo.jpgIf you're on Facebook or Twitter, please join us in supporting the National 4-H Week social media campaign, #iam4h.

Here's how: On Sunday night or Monday, Oct. 5-6, tweet or post on social media using the hashtags #iam4h and #mn4h. If you can, include a picture of yourself holding the sign shown here and tag it #iam4h.

You can download the sign here: http://z.umn.edu/iam4h

Anyone who supports 4-H can do this - you don't have to be a member or alumnus. We want to get this trending on Twitter, so we need lots of people to take part. Can you ask your club members, program staff and anyone connected to 4-H to do it too? Send them the link or print out some copies of the sign and put them out in your office for people to use.

Some have already started doing this. You see it on Facebook here:
https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/iam4h

Here's what's happening on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hashtag/iam4h

Ann Nordby

YD web manager


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


During the fair you can follow all the 4-H action online from one place on our smart phone app.

The app has:

  • Judging results (updated frequently)
  • Fair schedule for visitors
  • Interactive fairgrounds map
  • Twitter streams from all four of our Twitter accounts
For each of our Twitter announcements accounts for exhibitors - MN4HBeef, MN4HDairy and MN4HAnnounce - participants can switch on text alerts to pop up on their smart phone's home screen.

Our app will be available for free in the itunes and Google Play stores in the next few days.

Ann Nordby

YD web manager


We will be webcasting several 4-H events live during the Minnesota State Fair:

  • Dairy goat show, 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22 (up to 6 hours long depending on the number of entrants)
  • Arts-in performance, 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26. (30 minutes)
  • Lama costume competition, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 (approx. 1 hour)
Each show will have a chat pod hosted by a 4-H youth. Audience members can ask questions. This is an organizational communications opportunity for the youth, and helps families to participate from home. Non-4-H audiences will learn more about 4-H, what the young people learn at the fair and the value of the judging experience.

Watch all three shows on the same page on our website. Until the first show starts, this page will be showing you the view from a northern Minnesota eagle's nest.

Like last year, the Arts-in and lama shows will be recorded and the recordings will be housed on the Arts-in and Lama Project web pages after the fair. Thanks to our sponsor, Broadband Corp.

Ann Nordby

YD web manager


Note: The Youth Development Learning Technologies Team uses this Blog to educate colleagues on distance learning technologies which helps increase staff interest, knowledge and skills through ideas and tools to facilitate 21st Century teaching and learning.

The next Youth Development Tech Bytes Blog is titled, "UGH! Not another conference call!". Twenty-first century meetings often take us away from face-to-face settings and bring us into the world of meeting via distance through tools such as conference calls, Google Hangouts, and webinars. This creates a new challenge for facilitator's as they work to build a productive and engaging meeting for all participants. Visit the blog to read about ideas for keeping people engaged in meetings via distance and comment on what works well for your conference calls.

Kari Robideau

Associate Extension professor


Video is a powerful tool when it comes to communication. That truth is nothing new; the film, TV and advertising experts realized this decades ago. What is relatively new is that just about anyone can now create and share video. And even better, there are online tools that make it even easier to create high-quality, impactful videos that communicate the intended message.

As 4-H staff, you have several tools available to you for creating video. Those resources range from Extension IT's "video kit to end all video kits" to the now familiar 4-H SmugMug site (where you can create a link to an auto-playing slide show), to newer tools like Animoto and PowToon. And when it comes to sharing your video, your U of M Google profile includes a ready-made YouTube account.

The youth development distance technology team encourages you to think about how you could use video to communicate with your 4-H families and then stands ready to help you think about planning, designing, and sharing a video.

Read more about these tools and how to access them, plus a few words about the development process and some great examples, in the youth development distance technology team's YD tech bytes blog.

Todd Mehrkens

Director of information technology services


The 4-H tri-fold brochure and postcard templates are now also available in Publisher format in the 4-H section of Youth Development's branding templates on the Extension intranet.

Use these templates to promote 4-H programs and events, volunteer enrollment, and more. These professionally designed templates include the Extension wordmark and required statements.

All copy and photos are able to be customized to fit staff needs for local uses. Versions of the templates are available in color, black and white.

The tri-fold brochure templates currently include copy and key messages from the pre-print Join 4-H! brochures to show an example of how the template can be used.

NOTE: The brochure and postcard templates are the only templates that will be made available in Publisher. All other templates will continue to be in Word format.

Wendy Huckaby

YD communications manager


It's summer, and that means lots of opportunities to promote 4-H during events and county fairs! You only have seconds to capture the attention of people with your displays, so it's important that your copy and images get your message across quickly and draw people in to learn more.

Here are a few tips to guide you as you create 4-H displays this summer.

Call to action

  • Who is your audience and what do you want them to do? Join 4-H? Volunteer? Donate? Partner? A call to action tells your audience in active terms what you want them to do. If your display headline if something like, "4-H helps develop youth" or 4-H is great," your reader or audience might think, "Okay. So what?" If your goal is to get youth and families not familiar with 4-H to learn more and consider joining, your call to action is to "Join 4-H!"

Keep it simple

  • Think headlines and bullets, not paragraphs of copy. People need to be able to get the message if they only glance at your display as they pause or pass by. Grab their attention, and they may stop and chat!
  • Don't fill every inch of space. Your display will feel overwhelming and people will not be able to see your important key message.
  • Use takeaway materials (Join 4-H brochures, fact sheets, copies of Source magazine) to provide the details and great stories that bring 4-H to life.

A picture says a thousand words

  • Photos communicate your message better than any copy or bulleted list.
  • Use a few large photos (8 ½ x 11) which can be seen easily by passersby. Too many photos and smaller sizes will result in a blur of undecipherable content.
  • Use photos from the Extension image gallery that show the variety of great things youth do in 4-H. You can also use photos from your county programming. See the Extension photo style guidelines which will help you make sure your photos get the message across!

Who ya gonna call?

Brand it, baby

  • All of the 4-H templates can be used for displays. See my example display below using the 4-H flyer template.
  • Every regional office has a pre-printed 4-H and Extension wordmark "banner" for use on regional and county displays (see the top/center of my display example.) County staff can contact the regional office to check it out for local use.

Here is my attempt at creating an example display for "Super County 4-H" to get new audiences of youth to join 4-H. (Click on the images to enlarge.)

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I'd love to see the great 4-H displays you create this summer, so send me photos of them!

Wendy Huckaby

YD communications manager

New tri-fold brochure templates are now available in the 4-H section of Youth Development's branding templates on the Extension intranet.

Use these templates to promote 4-H programs and events, customized local versions of Join 4-H! enrollment brochures, volunteer enrollment, and more. These professionally designed Word templates include the Extension wordmark and required statements.

All copy and photos are able to be customized to fit staff needs for local uses.

Versions of the template are available in color, black and white, and with and without registration forms.

The templates currently include language and messages from the pre-print Join 4-H! brochures to show an example of how the template can be used.

View the new templates.

Wendy T. Huckaby
Communications manager

New YD facts sheets have been created about the following areas of programming:

  • 4-H STEM
  • 4-H Science of Agriculture
  • 4-H Citizenship & Leadership
  • 4-H Healthy Living
  • 4-H State Arts-In

The facts sheets can be used as a resource for staff in local communications efforts for informing key audiences (county commissioners, partners, funders, prospective volunteers and parents, etc.) about the public value of 4-H and its programming in these areas.

View the fact sheets.

Wendy T. Huckaby
Communications manager


What are the secrets to getting your important messages to rise above the overwhelming amount of information people receive every day? Key messages, great headlines and copy that gets to the point!

The recording of the 60-minute webinar training delivered in January can help 4-H educators, program coordinators and county and regional support staff learn how great headlines and key messages help audiences get the information they need.

The training reviews the basics of understanding and developing key messages, resources from Extension and YD, and examples of how key messages are being used in communications.

Whether you are developing a report for a county commissioner or a promotional flyer to market your program, well-crafted headlines and key messages are the key to keeping your audiences informed!

Find the YD key messages document on the intranet here.

See the recorded training here:
https://myextension.umn.edu/cpr/downloads-templates/yd-templates/4-h-templates/index.htm

Wendy Huckaby

YD communications manager

One of the questions that comes up from staff during our template trainings is, "What can we change in a template?"

Here is a quick look at the elements of a template, which elements are customizable and why.

Fixed elements, which are not customizable:

  • Extension wordmark and 4-H clover
  • Graphic elements (outlined page, patterns, silhouettes, etc.)
  • Fonts and colors
  • EEO, ADA and copyright statements (you can change the phone number listed for ADA accommodations)
Elements that are customizable in the templates:
  • Copy (i.e. text)
  • Photos
Customizable elements on templates:

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What this means in practice is staff should be using these templates as they are: open up a template file, change the copy in headlines and the body, and change the photo. The rest of the design should not be altered.

In some cases, staff are copying the wordmark and clover, and pasting it into a blank Word or Publisher document so they can add their own design. This was the process for developing marketing materials prior to the templates and will result in what we had before: marketing materials with inconsistent design and a weak 4-H and Extension brand identity.


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Now, Extension has one cohesive identity that provides brand strength and recognition to our programs when used consistently across the state:


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By using the templates as they are designed, staff can focus on customizing the messages, headlines, key info and details, and great photos! If you need help figuring out which template best fits a specific need or have any other questions or suggestions about template improvements, please contact me at huckaby@umn.edu.

Wendy T. Huckaby

YD communications manager

4-H certificate templates were developed for staff to use to recognize and acknowledge service and accomplishments in 4-H programs and activities. The templates include the Extension wordmark, the 4-H clover and required statements, and allow staff to create their own headlines and descriptive copy based on their needs.

Samples are available with suggested copy for:

  • Key awards
  • Clover awards
  • Appreciation
  • Recognition
  • Participation
  • Youth leadership
  • Graduation
Downloadable versions are available to accommodate one and two-line titles, and two to four signature lines. If needed, signature lines and titles of regional and county program staff can be adapted. For example, if you need a certificate without a signature line for Extension educator.

To edit a signature line:

  • Download the template you'd like to use and save to your computer
  • Enable editing
  • Click on text of signature title description that you'd like to edit or delete
  • Edit or delete by backspacing, etc.
To remove the black signature line above a title description you are deleting:
  • Place your cursor in title description you are removing below the black line
  • Click on Borders and Shading on toolbar:

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  • Then click on "No Border" in the drop down:

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NOTE: Signatures and titles of Extension Dean Beverly Durgan and Center for Youth Development Associate Dean Dorothy Freeman should not be edited or altered in any way.

Access the appreciation certificate templates in the downloads and templates section of the intranet.

Wendy T. Huckaby

YD communications manager

This summer, a YD marketing survey was conducted to learn about the marketing materials program coordinators are using to promote 4-H, how the new marketing templates are working, and additional ideas for templates and training.

We appreciate your valuable input, and are working on your ideas for additional templates and training. In the meantime, we want to ask that all staff discard and recycle materials with the old brand. Through the survey, many staff told us they still have stock of outdated print materials (including items in image below) that are being used to promote 4-H, including:


  • Join the club brochure
  • 2008-2010 Project selection guide
  • 4-H See your potential brochure
  • 4-H post cards
  • Share your passion large card
  • Join the fun brochure

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YD staff should use Extension's professionally designed marketing and communications tools when promoting 4-H programs for youth, and training and professional development for adult volunteers and youth workers. These tools allow staff to focus on creating good content and messages to meet programmatic and marketing needs, while using beautifully designed materials that communicate the powerful and valuable brands of the University of Minnesota Extension Youth Development and 4-H.

Please use these tools and templates for all of your marketing and communications needs. We have also been delivering ongoing training to support staff with tips on using these tools. I encourage you to take advantage of these important and valuable resources, which help to communicate Extension Youth Development programs as professional, credible and valuable to communities across the state of Minnesota. You are Extension Youth Development's most valuable marketing team!


Wendy T Huckaby
YD communications manager

A YD and 4-H marketing and communication key messages resource has been developed as part of our ongoing effort to provide resources and tools that will support staff in their local marketing and communications work.

The resource includes key messages that are currently being used in state-level communications, including the YD web site, facts sheets and tri-fold brochure.

The goals are to build in consistent language and messages throughout multiple communications pieces, and to focus and reinforce key ideas and points that we want audiences to remember and act upon.

YD staff can pull from this library of messages when creating strategic communications for various audiences. For example, if you are developing a report for a county commissioner, you may want to include a message from the county investment section of this document about how counties benefit from the 4-H program. Or if you are developing a display for county fairs, you can you the information in the "How can youth get involved?" section.

The key message resources will be added to over time with additional key messages based on statewide priorities, including STEM, Citizenship & Leadership, Quality, and Volunteer Systems.

This fall, I will also deliver a webinar about how you might use these key messages in your local communications, with examples of use of key messages in county communications.

Wendy Huckaby

YD communications manager

Media release templates for 4-H YELLO! and county fairs are now available in the communications section of the YD staff only web page: http://www1.extension.umn.edu/youth/staffonly/.

The media release template can be tailored by 4-H program coordinators to pursue local media coverage of youth from their county who participated in 4-H YELLO! or county fairs this year.

Additional templates will be developed throughout the year for state Arts-In, state fair, state horse show, state dog show and the state shooting sports & wildlife invitational. Watch YD Update for notification when additional templates are available.

Contact Wendy Huckaby at huckaby@umn.edu with any questions.

Wendy T. Huckaby

YD communications manager

Most of us have experienced weird formatting issues at one point or another - we paste some copy into a document and it changes size and font style, or is suddenly bulleted for no apparent reason.

Here are a couple of quick and easy ways to solve your formatting challenges:

Option 1: Use the quick styles options in Word

  1. Select the text youword pic.jpg want to format.
  2. Click the Home tab to display the Styles group in the upper right section of the tool bar
  3. Use the arrows to scroll through the gallery's styles to choose the format/style you want. For example, most templates will have the format style categories named "Headline 1," "Headline 2," "Body text," "Subtitle," "Registration," etc., and shows what that format looks like.
  4. As you hover the mouse over each Quick Style, the text in your document will change to show how the format style will look.
  5. Click the Quick Style you want to apply, and the formatting will be changed to the selected text.
Option 2: Use Notepad to strip formatting
  1. Copy the selection of text you want to transfer into a template
  2. In the lower left corner of your computer, open the Notepad application found in the Accessories folder under All Programs in your computer
  3. Paste the selected text into Notepad, which strips out all formatting
  4. Cut or copy the selected text in Notepad and paste the text into the template
Bonus tip: Printing

Some people have reported that when they print a template, some of the content or sections of the template do not show in the printed piece. If that happens, save the Word document as a PDF before printing, which will secure the content and ensure the template prints correctly.

Wendy T. Huckaby

Communications manager

Over the past couple weeks, more than 100 photos have been added to the online image gallery, including several photos in the following categories: 4-H youth and programs, 4-H youth in judging and state fair activities; agriculture and farming; food preservation; communities; water quality; and livestock.

Photos will continue to be added to the image gallery throughout the year as professional shoots are coordinated. All of the high-quality photos found in the gallery can be used for brochures, flyers or other Extension educational and program marketing templates. The high-quality professional photos, paired with the templates, are an effective way to communicate with our many audiences while strengthening the Extension brand.

Staff photos taken at YOUth and U have also been added to the staff photos section of the image gallery. High resolution versions of all photos are available for download from the gallery. Extension communications will continue to offer opportunities throughout the year for Extension staff to have their staff photos taken or retaken.

For questions or comments about the image gallery, send an email to epromo@umn.edu.

Sarah Bjorkman

Internal communications & brand manager

Share your good YD news!

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Do you have good news or stories to share about the great work you are doing in your region? We want to help you share those stories. Send us the details (who-what-where-when-how, or a media release if you have one) about new grant funding received, multi-county, regional or statewide projects, state or national awards received by staff, counties or clubs, or published journal articles, and we'll share them in the following ways:

  • YD Update. YD staff repeatedly tells us they'd like to hear about the work colleagues are doing around the state. Send us the details and we'll draft a short article to share your story.
  • The Minnesota 4-H News page. We post news about achievements such as new grant funding received, multi-county projects and state or national awards received by staff, counties or clubs. (Note: this is not for stories about individual 4-H youth or volunteers.)
  • Minnesota 4-H on Twitter. If a local newspaper, radio or TV station has featured your work, please send us the link! Our 1100+ followers will receive it.
  • If you have published a journal article, we will add it to our social bookmarking collection, and to the research section of our website.
  • The Minnesota 4-H Facebook page. Tell us about Minnesota winners of national 4-H competitions, and upcoming multi-county, regional or statewide 4-H events.
Sharing your good news is an important way to inspire 4-H colleagues across the state, and to let stakeholders know about the good work we do and the positive impact we make in the lives of Minnesota youth.

Send your information to ashaffer@umn.edu, huckaby@umn.edu or nordby@umn.edu.

Wendy T. Huckaby, communications manager

and Ann Nordby, web manager

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