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Following the success of their 2019 summer program at the National Youth Sports Program camp (NYSP), Ohio State University Extension Cuyahoga County entered into a 5-year agreement (OSUE and Case Western Reserve University) to provide the “Where Does your Food Come From?” program each summer during NYSP Camp. The 5-week camp runs from the beginning of June through the first week of July and encompasses all four Extension program areas (4-H, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Community Development, and Family and Consumer Sciences). Topics include food science and food science career exploration, Agri-science and nutrition, food safety, gardening and insects, and mental health and physical activity. OSU Extension staff provide the interactive lessons to all 8–10-year-olds and arranges a field trip to a local farm. In addition, 4-H staff and volunteers also arranged a drone program for all 800 campers during the 2019 program year and provided Health Rocks! programs in 2021. Unfortunately, due to COVID, NYSP did not take place in 2020, but thanks to the wonderful partnership between OSU Extension and CWRU and the trusting relationship and safety plan that was established, OSU Extension was approved to continue programming in 2021. The leadership worked diligently to maintain safety procedures that highlighted the flexibility of each staff and dedication to the youth. This video link highlights this years’ camp.
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4-H Youth Development prides itself on providing essential resources to reach underserved minority populations. 4-H provides programming and professional development for volunteers to include diverse hands-on training, and cultural competency workshops. This JOE article provides best practices for the inclusion of African American volunteers in 4-H programming efforts that could help extension educators better understand the need to include minority volunteer roles and responsibilities. These strategies include strengthening diverse volunteer make-up, increasing participation and trust among African American youth, and engaging volunteers working in educational organizations that could provide real world experiences for youth. Authors: Maurice Smith Jr. and Shannon Wiley. Follow this link to read the article.
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All too often we witness subtle comments or behaviors rooted in bias that cause harm to others, many times directed toward people in vulnerable populations. Have you ever been in a situation like that and wanted to say or do something, but didn't know what to do? Anyone can become an active bystander and learn to address explicit and implicit bias. In this 90-minute, interactive webinar, you will learn about some of the most common forms of bias and identify tools you can use as an active bystander to interrupt bias in daily life. This webinar will be presented on Thursday, September 30, 1-2:30 p.m. ET by Dr. Leo Taylor. Follow this link to register.
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Gaining Ground Webinar: Zoning for Urban Agriculture
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 2 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Andrea Clark, Policy & Planning Manager, KC Healthy Kids
Gaining Ground is a free webinar series geared toward agriculture educators. The goal of Gaining Ground is to equip agriculture educators with knowledge from national experts that support Urban Food Systems enterprises. Each webinar is delivered by experts from the urban core such as urban farmers, nonprofit educators, food policy advocates and government workers. Participants will learn technical and systems-level information for successful Urban Food Systems practices through the series. Gaining Ground is presented by Kansas State University's M.S. in Horticulture with an emphasis in Urban Food Systems. Click here to register. Follow this link for more information about the Gaining Ground Weninar Series.
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