National 4-H conference coming to Minnesota in 2014
(January 2013) The 2014 National Association of Extension 4-H Agents conference will be held in Minneapolis. Held in even-numbered years, NAE4-HA offers professional development members' professional competency, capability and scope in the dual discipline of youth development and Extension education.
The NAE4-HA organization offers networking, professional development, and integration of scholarship, research & practice for 4-H agents. The conference is held every other October, alternating with the Galaxy conference for all Extension professionals nationally.
Margo Herman published in Youth and Policy Journal
(November 2012) Margo Herman, Minnesota Extension youth development educator, has published an article in Youth and Policy, an online journal in the UK., that outlines a reflective framework for youth work supervisors to use to further positive change in their organizations.
Thinking Space: Reflective Practice Meets Youth Work Supervision" identifies the concepts of reflective practice, critical inquiry and action research, then proposes a framework for reflective supervisory practice in a youth work context, and analyzes the benefits of this approach.
Dorothy Freeman receives education excellence award
(November 2012) Dorothy McCargo Freeman, Extension Center for Youth Development associate dean, is a 2012 WEM Outstanding Educator Award for Excellence in Education recipient, an honor that comes with a $10,000 award.
Freeman is one of seven educators being honored by the WEM Foundation and Synergy & Leadership Exchange for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to student learning. The WEM Foundation's statewide Excellence in Education recognizes superior contributions of educators whose leadership and dedication inspire a spirit of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities outside the traditional education system and classroom.
Testing the waters
(January 2012) A new 4-H project offers youth a chance to be hands-on citizen scientists by monitoring water quality in their local areas. In the Aquatic Robotics Project, 4-H’ers build and program a remote-operated underwater vehicle to collect water samples, then test the samples. Aquatic robotics, a joint project between Extension and the US Navy, is being rolled out across Minnesota and will contribute to knowledge of watershed quality in 67 counties.
Rules of (youth) Engagement
(October 2011) How does Minnesota 4-H prepare young people to excel in college, careers and communities?
Minnesota 4-H stories: Then and now
(June 2011) How does being a member of University of Minnesota Extension 4-H shape youth - both today and in past generations? Did they find a passion for the outdoors that led to a career? Or a lifelong interest in photography?