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The national Extension system plans to use this new resource to help promote Extension programming nationally and to advocate for new fiscal resources to support this work. Check out the National Registry of Extension Programs & Assets. The National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) is hoping to get as many Extension programs, curriculum, and other Extension assets designed for urban and metropolitan residents in this new national database. It is IMPORTANT there is broad representation of urban Extension work in this data. 

The ECOP Budget and Legislative and Program Committees, along with many experts in Extension, have worked hard to develop the ECOP Advocacy and Education Toolkit The purpose of the toolkit is to provide ECOP leadership and the Cooperative Extension System (CES) with consistent messaging and resources focused on CES advocacy and education priorities. These resources include priority language, talking points, CES background information, and examples of national program efforts for consistency in messaging with APLU Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA) Committees and Sections, the BAA Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy ESCOP, legislators, partners, University Congressional and Government Affairs staff, and related advocacy groups. Additionally, the SNAP-Ed Program Development Team (PDT) has developed the Nourishing Communities: Nutrition Education That Works website The two websites are interconnected. These are living resources that will be updated and refined regularly. Advocacy topics will be improved by experts moving forward. Comments and suggestions can be submitted to

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Almost half the Land-Grant Universities within the Cooperative Extension Section were represented at the last Learning for Leaders - 4-H Equity Strategic Plan Conversation. This conversation reinforced and built upon the collective mindset of Extension Leaders that establishes short- and long-range goals for system change for diversity, equity, and inclusion at national, state, and local levels.

Follow this link to learn more. 
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When we think of giving first aid, we most likely think of attending to people who have had an accident or a health-related incident. Techniques like applying pressure to a bleeding wound, splinting a limb, or performing CPR are skills one might learn in a first aid class. But what about giving first aid to someone who may be experiencing a mental health challenge? What do we do when we see behavior changes in a family member, friend, or neighbor? Join Penn State Extension for the following webinars on mental health first aid. 

Adult Mental Health First Aid
This webinar will teach you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This eight-hour training can give you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use challenge, and help connect them to the appropriate care. This webinar is taking place Monday, June 7, 2021, from 1-4 p.m. E.T and Tuesday, June 8, 2021, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Follow this link to learn more.

Mental Health First Aid - Adults Working with Youth
 This webinar will teach you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. This 8-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to children and adolescents (ages 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. This webinar is taking place Monday, June 21, 2021, from 1-4 p.m.E.T and Tuesday, June 22, 2021, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. E.T Follow this link to learn more.

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The 2021 National Extension Energy Summit & National Sustainability Summit, a joint effort of the National Extension Energy Initiative (NEEI), National Network for Sustainable Living Education (NNSLE), and National Extension Climate Initiative (NECI), will take place October 4-6, 2021 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of Penn State University.

Call for Abstracts

Energy and sustainability Extension professionals, researchers, graduate students, formal and informal educators, practitioners, and community partners are invited and encouraged to submit proposals for the joint National Extension Energy Summit + National Sustainability Summit

Submit your abstract online using the abstract submission site by Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST for full consideration. Follow this link to learn more.

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The U.S.Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and the Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute, welcomes Robert Deluca as he presents, “The Spatial Structure of U.S. Metropolitan Employment: New Insights from LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES) Data.” Urban researchers have long debated the extent to which metropolitan employment is monocentric, polycentric, or diffuse. The event is taking place Wednesday, May 19, 2021 from 1:30-2:45 p.m. ET. Follow this link to learn more.

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The NFL, in partnership with Ohio State University Extension and the City of Cleveland’s Summer Sprout program, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, and NFL partner Verizon hosted an event on April 28, 2021, to build a community garden and create a pollinator garden and learning area at William Rainey Harper School. The community garden will be a source of hands-on education for students, teaching them basic plant science while actively demonstrating that growing your own produce can be fun. The garden will help to address food insecurity and access to healthy options. Food grown at the garden will be donated to the local community and will support snack time at the school. OSU’s Summer Sprout and several master gardeners led the garden build, with the help of students, parents, and teachers. Follow this link to learn more.

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Apportionment is the process of dividing the 435 memberships, or seats, in the U.S. House of Representatives among the 50 states. At the conclusion of each decennial census, the results are used to calculate the number of seats to which each state is entitled. Each of the 50 states is entitled to a minimum of one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The 2020 Census apportionment population includes the resident population of the 50 states, plus a count of the U.S. military personnel and federal civilian employees living outside the United States (and their dependents living with them) who can be allocated to a home state. The population of the District of Columbia is not included in the apportionment population. Follow this link to learn more.

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From what was once Singapore’s largest prison complex - the Queenstown Remand Prison, housing about 1,000 inmates at its peak; an 8,000 square meter urban farm, Edible Garden City (EGC), now bursts with colorful vegetables and fragrant herbs. Co-founded by local resident Bjorn Low in 2012, EGC is one of Singapore’s first urban farming initiatives and is located inside the former prison compound. It is one of several efforts in the city-state to strengthen the island’s food security at a grassroots level. “Our goal was and is to encourage more locals to grow their own food and thus help strengthen the city’s food resilience,” says Sarah Rodriguez, EGC’s head of marketing. Follow this link to learn more.

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