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June Check in: Recap of this Year's Program Center Stage Webinars!


Cooperative Extension implements community-driven impactful programming across the system. To showcase these programs, the Extension Foundation hosts a monthly series called Program Center Stage,  which invites Extension teams from diverse areas to spotlight their programs and project methods, strategies, and impacts. This series serves as a platform for Extension professionals and partners to connect with these programs, gain insights and explore opportunities for collaboration or program adoption. This series is open to anyone who wants to join and learn about a different program or project's story from Cooperative Extension!

If you have missed any of the past Program Center Stage webinars this year, don't worry! The recordings of these webinars are available below and in our video library to catch up on. Learn about the programs using artificial intelligence, fostering engagement through poetry, and addressing issues such as immunization education, water resources, and food recovery.

*Don't miss out on the remaining Program Center Stage webinars for the year – register here!*

2023 Program Center Stage:

January - Helping People Find Answers Using Artificial Intelligence
In January, Program Center Stage kicked off the year with a webinar on an Extension project that will use AI to help the public find answers from Extension websites. 

February: Poetry in Extension
February's webinar brought a unique and creative twist to the Program Center Stage series. The focus was on the intersection of poetry and Extension programming, highlighting how the arts can be used as a powerful tool for communication and community engagement.

March: Extension Foundation Tools and Resources
In March, Program Center Stage turned its spotlight towards the Extension Foundation itself, showcasing the valuable tools and resources it offers to support Extension professionals and their work.

April: EXCITE Pilot Project- Immunization Education in Extension
April's webinar highlighted the EXCITE Pilot Projects, which wrapped up tin May. The program showcased efforts to provide evidence-based information, resources, and educational materials to support informed decision-making regarding vaccinations.

May: Doing Engaged Science: Water 4 Ag Project
The Program Center Stage webinar in May shed light on the Water 4 Ag Project, Doing Engaged Science: Tensions and Insights from the Water for Ag Project. The presenters discussed the insights, tensions, and outcomes from the Water4Ag project and how research and engagement have been brought together.

June: Food Recovery for Rhode Island
The final webinar of the first half of the year centered around the impactful Food Recovery for Rhode Island program and discuss the issues the program addresses, the audiences it reached, the curriculum underlying the program, and what they've achieved in their first year.

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