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Upcoming Ext Foundation events- including two new offerings for Extension Professionals!

This month, the Extension Foundation is hosting a variety of events for both members and non-members. Including them are two new events designed to support Extension professionals! Throughout April, you can find sessions for skill building, discussion opportunities, and more.

Register below. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!


Extension Skills: Communicating your Extension Story to Elected Officials
April 11th 2024,  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
*Extension Foundation members only

Telling Your Story Extension Skills series continues this month! Led by a seasoned expert, Dr. Anne Megaro, this session will explore effective strategies for conveying the impact and value of your Extension work to elected officials, fostering productive relationships, and maximizing engagement. Learn tips on crafting compelling messaging tailored to policymakers, leveraging data and evidence to support your initiatives, and building sustainable partnerships for long-term success.

New MyPlate Resources to Help Consumers Eat Healthfully on a Budget
April 17th 2024,  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

The COVID-19 pandemic and National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health elevated the national dialogue on achieving greater nutrition security in the US. MyPlate’s messaging pillars are oriented toward educating the public on nutrient density, health equity, and cost-consciousness. As part of its MyPlate Nutrition Communicators Network, USDA partners with organizations to develop and extend resources based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate. This webinar will highlight newly created, unbranded, and free downloadable resources for educators to use to encourage and support consumers in eating healthier on a budget.

NEW! Upskilling Fundraising, Grant & Partnership Development For Extension Professionals: An Interactive Workshop Series
April 18th 2024,  2:00 PM - 3:15 PM ET

Led by Nate Birt of Silver Maple Strategies, this dynamic series is tailored to equip Extension professionals with essential tools and knowledge for success in today's evolving landscape. Join us for monthly interactive and engaging sessions designed to enhance your Extension projects and programs with practical skills and personalized support. Open to all Cooperative Extension professionals, this series offers valuable insights for those seeking to advance their work.

NEW! Navigating Mentorship: Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders
April 24th 2024, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM ET

The first session in the 3- part series on the topic of mentorship titled, Culturally Responsive Mentorship. Join us as we host Dr. Mellion as she shares her pearls of wisdom, her approach to mentorship as a leader within the 1890 land grant system, and how she inspires her mentees through the Extension Foundation.

Program Center Stage: Climate Mitigation, Resiliency, and Adaptation: Updates from the Climate Program Action Team
April 22nd 2024,  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

Join us for an informative session to hear updates from the Climate Program Action Team (PAT) leaders. Discover the latest initiatives led by the Climate PAT, focusing on strengthening collaborations within the Cooperative Extension System to address climate change insights from the Climate Convening. You’ll hear insights from the Climate Convening, a gathering by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) and Climate PAT.  As we reflect on the accomplishments of the Climate Convening, we extend an invitation to join us in outlining the next steps for the Climate PAT. Don't miss this opportunity to explore Cooperative Extension's role in fostering a sustainable and resilient future.

Dynamic Discussions: Equity Needs in Cooperative Extension with AEBC - Self-Aware Approaches to Working Across Differences
April 25th 2024, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
*Extension Foundation members only

This four month series will conclude in April on the topic of working across differences. This will be an interactive, discussion-based session led by AEBC members. These sessions will serve as a space for sharing and learning alongside fellow Cooperative Extension professionals! This is the last session in this series- we hope you can join us for an engaging and energizing talk!

Crucial Influence
May 7, May 14 & May 21
2:00-3:30 PM ET $500.00 per participant

Crucial Influence is rooted in 50 years of social science research and teaches the renowned Six Sources of Influence model. The course reveals the personal, social, and structural sources that shape behavior and teaches a method for using these sources to influence people and results.


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About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

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