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February 2024

Digital Volunteer Initiative Train the Trainer Workshop

Digital access is vital to community wellbeing. Yet many communities and individuals lacking access struggle with navigating the divide. In partnership with Extension Foundation, the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy's Broadband Program Action Team, and USDA NIFA, the National Digital Extension Education Team (NDEET) is offering a three-day in-person intensive train-the-trainer workshop for teams of Extension professionals interested in addressing the challenges of increasing...

The Summit to Counter Antisemitism & Islamophobia and Related Forms of Hatred and Bias in Rural America

Hello Conservation Partners, The Summit to Counter Antisemitism & Islamophobia and Related Forms of Hatred and Bias in Rural America. ( May 15 – 16, 2024 ) on the Tri-Faith Commons in Omaha, Nebraska. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER The registration deadline is March 1, 2024. The objective of this summit is to convene interfaith leaders who serve rural America for the purpose of advancing our understanding of the definitions of antisemitism and Islamophobia and related forms of hatred and bias.

Financial Considerations for Pet Ownership

Brown (2023) estimates that nearly 62% of Americans have a pet, and half of pet owners not only consider their pets to be a part of their family but say they are as much a part of their family as a human member. Identify ways for pet ownership to teach financial responsibility and explore special considerations for military families, including the new pet transportation allowance for CONUS and OCUNUS PCS moves.

Food Safety Education for Youth: Theme Park Kitchen Game is now Available!

The Learning Games Lab team at New Mexico State University recently hosted a webinar with the Extension Foundation to introduce their latest educational technology innovation: " Theme Park Kitchen ," a food safety game for youth. Using their expertise in game-based learning and engaging young learners, the team has turned food safety education into an exciting game for the upcoming generation of food handlers. "Theme Park Kitchen" is an online game aimed at both entertaining and educating...

What makes a successful Executive team?

Being chosen for a role with the primary responsibility of caring for others is a privilege. It's an honor to be selected for these positions. The real challenge is to be worthy of that honor every day. Too much? You're right to think that. It's a lot. Notice though, you're part of an executive "team". Everything that needs to be done can only be done with a team. An executive team is expected to model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the status quo, enable others to act, and...

UNH Extension Seeks a Field Specialist, 4-H AgriScience Animal Science

This position is located on the UNH campus in Durham, New Hampshire, however is responsible for statewide support in the area of agriscience animal science. The 4-H agriscience field specialist is responsible for the development of the N.H. 4-H agriscience pathway with a focus on animal science, providing leadership in determining needs; establishing priorities; and developing, marketing, implementing and evaluating programs. The pathway includes the essential content-focused touchpoints...

Cyberbullying Safety for Kids and Teens

Written by: Jason Jowers, MS, MFT There are so many ways for kids and teens to connect online. It’s more than just social media platforms; there are chatrooms, instant and direct messaging apps, and online video games. For military families, these virtual spaces are great ways for kids and teens to stay connected to a deployed parent or service member, as well as ways to stay connected with long-distance friends. However, these online areas share the hazards of being places where bullying...

UNH Extension Seeks Associate Director of Development and 4-H Foundation Executive Director

We are seeking a dynamic and results-oriented individual to join our team as the Associate Director of Development and 4-H Foundation Executive Director, leading UNH Cooperative Extension fundraising efforts. This position reports to a managing director of development through UNH Advancement with a dotted line to the director of UNH Extension. In this role, you will lead and oversee fundraising efforts to support the impactful work of UNH Cooperative Extension, with a focus on 4-H programs...

Unearthing Financial Trauma

Transitioning into 2024 marked a new year. Many of us saw the new year as an opportunity to start fresh, but financial hardships and losses can have a lasting impact on our mental health. This type of impact leads to unforeseen trauma. Often, we make resolutions to hit the ground running in the new year, but old habits die hard, mainly when these habits are deeply rooted in our psyche. Let us be realistic: We all plan to go to the gym on January first; we even go shopping over the holiday...


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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