Items relating to program and funding partnerships with other organizations, institutions and businesses.
April 3, 2013
Illinois has been selected as one of five states to pilot the 4-H: Empowering Youth to End Hunger in Their Communities, an effort to heighten awareness of and solutions to reducing hunger and food insecurity in America. This grant opportunity, sponsored by the National 4-H Council with funding from the Howard G. Buffet Foundation is designed to engage and empower youth through service projects addressing community-based food security and hunger relief. Our goal is to engage a minimum of 500 youth and 100 adults in providing 10,000 service hours addressing this important issue. Program information for staff is posted to the Portal under Groups/4-H Contacts/Feeding and Growing Our Communities and includes:
Feeding and Growing Our Communities Overview – background information about the opportunity and useful websites.
2013 Illinois Challenge Grant Application – application form for use by 4-H clubs and extension staff in applying for funding.
4-H Ending Hunger Toolkit – a compiled source of resources, activities, and workshop suggestions to increase awareness of hunger and food insecurity and the Invest An Acre program for farmers and landowners.
Illini Fighting Hunger Community Partner Handbook – a step-by-step resource is provided by the Illini Fighting Hunger organization for groups interested in organizing a meal-packaging event to fight hunger in their community, county or region. Illini Fighting Hunger is a student led volunteer organization serving the UIUC campus and expands their reach into the state. If you are interested in observing and learning more about a meal-packaging event join Chancellor Phyllis Wise on April 20 as the U of I Campus community volunteers gather to assemble 146,000 meals representing 1,000 meals for every year the University of Illinois has been in existence.
This information will be posted to the State 4-H website and a notice will be emailed to 4-H leaders who had members enrolled in vegetable gardening during the 2011-12 4-H program year.
How can you get involved? Please communicate this opportunity to all 4-H clubs in your county/unit and challenge them to practice BIG M as they engage as a group to learn about hunger/food insecurity in their community and how they can become part of the solution in alleviating this significant need.
Feeding and Growing Our Communities Webinar – plan now to attend the Feeding and Growing Our Communities Webinar scheduled for Friday, April 19 from 1:30 – 2:30 PM. Following is the registration link:
Once your registration is complete you will receive a confirming email with the Meeting ID and Password.
February 13, 2013
National 4-H Council and the Noyce Foundation hosted a ground-breaking meeting of America's largest youth development organizations at National 4-H Youth Conference Center on February 7. The focus of the executive roundtable meeting was on the important topic of out-of-school time Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.
CEOs, senior leaders and youth representatives from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts and YMCA -- together with 4-H Headquarters, Cooperative Extension and National 4-H Council – met with corporate and research partners to share information, learn from each other and collaborate on ways to work together on the future development of impactful STEM learning.
During the meeting, 4-H unveiled a comprehensive report, 4-H Science Initiative from Inception to Impact, which reviews the multi-year impact of the 4-H efforts, lessons learned and ideas for developing more promising programs in the future. To download a copy of the full report, go to http://www.4-h.org/youthstem/
You can also follow developments in this cross-agency collaboration on the 4-H Twitter site with #youthSTEM.
February 16, 2012
Event: 4-H Robotics
Description: Recruiting Volunteers and Community Partners to support 4-H Robotics Programs
Presenters: Amy Rhodes and Ann Sherrard, Extension Educators, 4-H Youth Development, University of Maryland Extension
Host: Partner Ops Aconnect 2
When: Wednesday 22 February 2012, 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)
To register for this event, please go the following link: