Employable Youth initiative and related topics - including Welcome to the Real World.
November 6, 2013
We'd like to extend our sincere apologies to any staff members who were looking for the 4-H Opportunities Beyond the County Level webinar that was originally scheduled for today. We realized last week that we hadn't really promoted it and definitely weren't ready to hold it! (The date really snuck up on us!) So, we have rescheduled it AND given it a new name, so hopefully staff will be willing and able to join us this "second" time around!
4-H Experiences to Enhance Their Resumes (the new title) has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 10 at 10:30 a.m. Curt Sinclair and Deb Stocker will talk about various opportunities that our 4-H teens have available to them that can have a lasting impact on their lives and build upon their future resumes for college and employment. From camp to conferences, we'll highlight a number of events and activities that occur year-round.
Registration for the webinar is now open at: https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/default.cfm?RegistrationID=9153. (If this link doesn't work, just copy/paste into your browser). Please register by December 6 and we will forward you the Lync information on Monday, December 9.
July 2, 2013
Some of you may have heard about the "Maker Movement". This growing community is focused on DIY (Do It Yourself) skills and projects with a focus on new technologies that make invention something that anyone can do - such as 3D printing. But DIY projects and ideas are much broader and include making things from recycled products, knitting, and much more. These project ideas are actively shared through online communities such as Pinterest and the DIY Network.
The term "Maker" is branded by MAKE Magazine. A growing number of "Makerspaces" are organizing in Illinois and internationally. The Makerspace in Champaign, IL is a non-profit group that runs a small facility with 3D printers, computers, soldering equipment and other invention/DIY resources that are available for use by the public. Makerspaces also typically host "Maker Faires" which showcase different DIY/Maker projects to the public. There will be one in Champaign on September 21, 2013.
Meanwhile, MAKE Magazine has started "Maker Camp" which features a DIY project each morning and a Google+ Hangout every afternoon where they will introduce you to projects, makers, and the exciting world of the maker movement. The website is http://makezine.com/maker-camp/schedule/
It is run through Google+. It is aimed at kids ages 13+ (because that is the minimum age to create a Google+ profile), but younger youth are encouraged to log on with a parent and participate as well. (Thank you Jennifer Caldwell for finding this resource!)
Most of the supplies needed for the projects typically use household items, recycled products or low-cost items that you could get at a hardware store, similar to our "4-H Junkdrawer Robotics" curriculum. On Fridays, they take virtual "field trips" to different locations.
Ideas for Using:
* Share with 4-Hers involved in science/technology project areas
* Find a volunteer and start a DIY/Maker SPIN Club
* Use activities as part of a summer 4-H Science camp
* Select an activity for older youth to use as a demonstration/engagement effort with the public at your county fair or other county 4-H events
November 26, 2012
May 31, 2012
May 24, 2012
Responses to the 4-H Career Development Survey have been coming in from 12th grade 4-H members from across Illinois and the data is starting to be compiled by the Survey Research Lab. Your support of the data collection process is greatly appreciated. Dan Horn has posted several new items to the portal to assist you in sending email reminders to non-respondents. Items needed to complete the next steps include: 1) Reminder Letter for Survey (includes content for the email reminder); 2) Instructions to Generate Reminder Emails for Survey; 3) Spreadsheet containing Completed Codes as of 5-23-2012; and 4) Instructions for Creating Spreadsheet. The Career Development Study Task List identifies target dates for sending email reminders as May 24-June 2, with the optimal response rate being for email surveys sent on a Monday, Thursday, or Friday.
If you need technical assistance, please contact Dan Horn, firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 217-333-0826. All of the information associated with the 4-H Impact Studies are posted on the Portal; 4-H Contacts; Evaluation.
May 7, 2012
Labor Department statement on withdrawal of proposed rule dealing with children who work in agricultural vocations
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor today issued the following statement regarding the withdrawal of a proposed rule dealing with children who work in agricultural vocations:
"The Obama administration is firmly committed to promoting family farmers and respecting the rural way of life, especially the role that parents and other family members play in passing those traditions down through the generations. The Obama administration is also deeply committed to listening and responding to what Americans across the country have to say about proposed rules and regulations.
"As a result, the Department of Labor is announcing today the withdrawal of the proposed rule dealing with children under the age of 16 who work in agricultural vocations.
"The decision to withdraw this rule – including provisions to define the 'parental exemption' – was made in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of the proposed rules on small family-owned farms. To be clear, this regulation will not be pursued for the duration of the Obama administration.
"Instead, the Departments of Labor and Agriculture will work with rural stakeholders – such as the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Farmers Union, the Future Farmers of America, and 4-H – to develop an educational program to reduce accidents to young workers and promote safer agricultural working practices."
May 1, 2012
Career Development Study – The Email invitation is now ready to send to 12th grade 4-H members in your unit. The target dates for sending the email invitation are May 3-12, with the optimal response rate being for email surveys sent on a Monday, Thursday, or Friday. Dan Horn has posted several items to the portal to assist you with this process including: 1) Instructions for Creating a Spreadsheet for Career Study through DMS which helps you obtain contact information for 12th grade 4-H Members (creates an Excel spreadsheet with member's name and email); 2) Instructions for Generating Emails for Career Development Survey (initiates sending customized emails to all 12-grade members simultaneously); 3) Codes for Surveys (Unique codes assigned to your Unit); and 4) the 2012 Evaluation of 4-H Programs in Illinois – Survey Invitation Email: 4-H Career Development which is the IRB approved document text to send to the 12th grade 4-H members.
If you need technical assistance, please contact Dan Horn, email@example.com, or call 217-333-0826. If you have questions regarding who should receive the survey, when to send the initial invite, and later follow-up, or other research procedures, please contact Denise Legvold, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 217-333-0910. If email or internet access is not available, paper-copies of the invitation can be sent, but NOT paper-copies of the survey itself. Additional information related to the email reminder for non-respondents will be posted to the portal mid-May. Please refer to the Career Development Study Task List for a complete listing of the steps to follow for survey distribution. We look forward to using data collected from this survey to understand how 4-H influences the post-secondary decisions of 4-H members.
4-H Club Experience Study – Many of you have been successful in completing club visits and administering the 4-H Club Experience surveys in your Unit. Please refer to the 4-H Club Experience Study Task List as you move through the process if you have questions OR contact Pat McGlaughlin, email@example.com; or call 217-333-0913. Important steps to remember: 1) Keep the surveys for each club in a separate envelop with a cover sheet (template posted on the portal); 2) Mail packets of completed surveys to the Survey Research Lab at the address provided on the Task List; and 3) Email a copy of the completed Random Sample Spreadsheet to Pat McGlaughlin when all data collection is complete in your Unit.
4-H Science Study –Remember to identify 4-H science clubs, programs and events in your unit to target for the 4-H Science Survey. Even though the completed surveys are not due until September 1st, it is important to schedule appointments to administer the surveys when the clubs or groups are meeting, and when the science focused events are scheduled. If you have any questions related to the 4-H Science Study, please contact Lisa Diaz, firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 217-333-0910.
Thank you for your assistance in this data collection process!
April 16, 2012
March 28, 2012
Under the direction of 4-H YD Educators each county is engaged in collecting data this spring and summer in preparation for fall reports. Please review carefully the Task List for each study that has been posted to the Portal under Evaluation. Note the tasks that can be completed now while we wait for IRB approval. DO NOT communicate details of the study to 4-H members until after we have IRB approval. It is critical that appropriate research methods are used in collecting and handling data. Look to your 4-H YD Educator for guidance.
Educators – task lists, overview slides, team meeting recordings, sample impact documents, and supporting research references have been posted for your use as you plan with Unit staff.
Thank you everyone for your assistance. This is an exciting statewide endeavor that will benefit everyone as we strive to tell our impact story locally and statewide.
February 18, 2012
We are extremely excited to announce plans for the upcoming 2012 Illini Summer Academies (ISA). We have 11 Academies this year - up 3 from last year and introducing 4 NEW Academies - and have added an additional day of programming, including a 1/2 day of community service.
ISA is our summer teen "conference" that takes place on the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana campus. It is open to ALL Illinois high school teens - it is not limited to 4-H members. It will start on Sunday afternoon, June 24 and continue through Wednesday afternoon, June 27. High school teens from across the state will participate in 15-hours of college department Academies, exploring a college major and potential careers with hands-on work in labs, classrooms, and field trips. The Leadership Academy will focus on Youth and Adult Partnerships this year and encourage adult participation for one day of the 3-day Academy.
2012 ISA Academy Options include:
* Aerospace Engineering
* Agricultural & Biological Engineering
* Art & Design
* Crop Sciences
* Electrical & Computer Engineering
* Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning
* Molecular & Cellular Biology
* Veterinary Medicine
Registration is scheduled to open March 1 via the ISA website page: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/events/summeracademies.cfm. (2012 information for ISA will be posted as soon as possible, but no later than March 1). Registration MUST be completed on-line. Academies fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Some Academies do have grade restrictions because of needed high school class requirements and the nature of their Academy topics, however most are open to teens ages 14-18, as of 9/1/2012. Some Academies do not allow repeat attendees. Early-bird fee discounts are available through April 15. Final registration will close May 23.
We also encourage Extension staff to recruit volunteer chaperones for this event or consider attending themselves to assist with the non-Academy program (with County Director approval). We need adult support during the day to help with various aspects of transportation, lunch deliveries, evening program preparations, etc. and need evening support of chaperones. More details are included in the Promotional Packet and ISA Fact Sheet that are mentioned below.
Some promotional materials are currently available on the 4-H Contacts Portal for county/unit use to promote ISA (Events = Statewide = Illini Summer Academies). Those items include:
* Promotional Postcard for ISA Program announcement (Cards are being sent to 2011 attendees.)
* Promotional Packet of Information
* ISA Fact Sheet for Staff
* Promotional Flyer
* 2012 logo and ISA logo for use in newsletters and on your websites
* 4-H Member Scholarship Application (due no later than May 1)
* 2013 ISA Committee Application
* 2013 ISA Committee Information
Additional items will be forthcoming:
* Promotional Brochure
* Newsrelease, 4-H/Extension Newsletter Article, and a Letter to 4-H Volunteers
* Promotional PowerPoint
We hope you will join us in promoting this exciting teen event to high school youth across the state. Please let me know if you have questions about the program!