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Leadership in the City is a professional development program for Extension professionals working in urban areas who aim to be locally relevant, responsive statewide, and recognized nationally.

In the first four years of the program, 103 Extension professionals from 31 states have participated. Here’s what some of your peers had to say:

  • “Thought-provoking and a good way to learn about what others are working on across the country.”
  • “The course went beyond giving content, to encouraging critical thinking and application.”
  • “Completing the course has pushed me to explore my inner self to look deep into how I can be a better leader and how to be a more inclusive leader.”
  • “I appreciated the vast number of resources that were shared. A great investment.”

This online professional development program will help you learn about leadership, networks, innovation, marketing, management, and more. The program is based on a foundation of entrepreneurial theory and urban Extension practice and will build upon existing leadership experiences, management training, and Extension professional development.

You will learn from experienced leaders; apply what you learn in your city, region, or state; engage in critical thinking and creative problem solving; and participate in online learning. The final session of the course will be held in conjunction with the National Urban Extension Conference in New Jersey.

The investment in the program is $500 plus a commitment to work hard and have fun investing approximately 8 hours per month. The 5-month online course begins in January 2022. If you have multiple participants from the same institute, you are each entitled to a $100 discount (Discount code: LITC22-MULT).

This course is led by Dr. Julie Fox from the Ohio State University Extension. Course manager Michelle Gaston.

Complete details and registration can be found at The deadline for registration is November 19.

As the vast majority of the population in the United States shifts to dwelling within large population centers, it is necessary to examine the responsibility and role that Cooperative Extension has to serve urban communities. Throughout its history, the land-grant system, through Cooperative Extension, has demonstrated the ability to impact the lives of individual citizens and communities positively. Within this theoretical discussion, the authors illuminate Cooperative Extension’s responsibility to serve urban communities in the 21st Century and highlight essential milestones in the development of urban Extension throughout the past 100 years. Also, they explore the foundations and relevance of recently developed urban Extension frameworks to the practice of urban Extension and outline a process utilized to define urban for Cooperative Extension within Kentucky. They also examine examples of urban Cooperative Extension initiatives and discussing their implications in broader social, environmental, and health settings. Read this JHSE article Reconsidering Extension: Defining Urban Extension in Kentucky.
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In early June, 50 individuals participated in ECOP's Learning for Leaders Event, Distinguishing Urban Extension in the System Landscape – Thought Leaders’ Exchange for Future Planning and Policy. To review the video and companion materials go to this Video link  and  Poll Summaries and Slides

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Join 4-H Program Manager Rob Isner and Summit County 4-H Educator Imani Scruggs for their series “Three Questions About Race.” Following George Floyd’s murder in May of 2020 Imani and Rob began a series where they would ask each other questions a Black person might want to ask a White person and vice-versa. Existing episodes will continue to be added to the playlist, and new episodes will be made this summer. The opinions expressed reflect only the views of Imani and Rob and not OSU/Cuyahoga/Summit County Extension or 4-H professionals, members or volunteers, but we’d love to have you listen and provide feedback or even ask questions of your own for future episodes. Link to YouTube playlist

The president of the Pinecrest Civic Association called herself a glorified copycat as she took notes at Whitehall’s first Market on the Green event this season.

Sharon Pantelis is attempting to better her east Columbus neighborhood. In an interview, she said that she’s inspired by how the City of Whitehall took a blighted area at the corner of Broad Street and Hamilton Road and made it into a destination spot for its new urban farmers market. Every Tuesday, the city is offering games, produce and live music at the neighborhood event. With the help of corporate sponsors, Pantelis wants to bring something similar to the corner of Hamilton and East Livingston Avenue. Follow this link to learn more about the effort

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of up to $4 million for grants to support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects. USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (Office) is accepting proposals for planning and innovation projects, and these grants are part of USDA’s broader efforts to support urban agriculture. USDA will accept applications on offsite link image until 11:59 p.m. ET on July 30, 2021. Follow this link to read more.

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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. 
Follow this link to view the recording. 

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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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