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July 29, 2008

July 29th - Technology

Hello,

I don't know if your summer is going fast, but by the end of the week it will be August. It is hard to believe that some of you will soon be completing your summer internship and going back to school. I wil have a Kindergartener this year, so we have been busy getting school supplies, a backpack, and planning our school shopping trip. I'm sure it will be quite the adventure for all of us.

Last Friday, you should have received an email message from Diane Lambrecht with an evaluation form to complete on the summer intern program. Please take the time to provide feedback to us.

This week, I am focusing the question on technology. I just received an email about taking a on-line course on various new technologies. As I took the self assessment, it was clear that I have a lot to learn. I'm sure many of you could help me learn about the tools that are out there, which can help us reach new audiences and improve how we do our work.

This week's question: What new technology have you used this summer as an intern?

Thanks so much for sharing your comments! Please know that most of you are listed as authors and can create new entries.

Have a great day!

Nancy

July 21, 2008

July 21st - Evaluation

Hi,

As many of you may know, it is time for the mid-year evaluations for 4-H summer interns. A few weeks ago, all Extension Educators working with interns, recevied a evaluation form to use in evaluating interns mid way through the summer and again at the completion of the summer. The intent of the evaluation is to help both the intern and Extension. We want to learn what works best for interns as well as ways that we can improve the summer intern program.

This year, I will be sending all 4-H summer interns an evaluation form to use in evaluating the program. It will be sent via email from Diane Lambrecht, my support staff. The evaluation will ask various questions which will help us identify ways in which we can improve the program. Please take the time to complete the evaluation and send it back directly to Diane. She will keep all responses confidential.

Evaluation of 4-H programs is essential as we work in a public arena. It is important to demonstrate the impact programs have on the lives of youth and families.

This weeks question:

How have you evaluated the 4-H programs that you worked with this summer?

Have a great day!

Nancy

July 14, 2008

July 14th

Hello,

It must really be busy in the world of 4-H internships! I believe that is a good sign, as you know that the role you play this summer is essential to the 4-H Youth Development program. Since there have not been any new comments for a couple of weeks, I will not post a new question this week. Please look back to the last couple of questions and share your thoughts about them.

Have a great day!

Nancy

July 8, 2008

July 8th

Good Morning,

It is definately County Fair season! The weather is warm and humid, which seems to be a sign almost every year. The Hennepin County Fair was in mid-June and many fairs start this week. County Fairs are an important aspect of the 4-H Youth Development program, as it is an opportunity for youth to showcase their project work and discuss it with a caring adult in a judging situation. As I think back to my years as a 4-H member, I remember the excitement that came from getting ready for entry day. It was a lot of work, however well worth the effort. I enjoyed telling the judge about my projects and the key aspects I learned each year. I also remember County Fair days, when I was a county based Extension Educator. After a couple of years, I realized that my main role was to problem solve various situations and promote the 4-H Youth Development program. It was always helpful to have a strong volunteer pool and willing youth leaders to share in the responsibility of the County Fair. They are key to our success in the program. My support staff was the key person that really made everything happen that week. She knew the ins and outs of all the details and made sure that they were covered. As you approach your county fair, make sure to take it all in and thank all the people that make the fair possible.

This weeks question:

What special program/activity are you working on for the the county fair?

Have a great day!

Nancy