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April 2024

Identifying Child Sexual Abuse: Ways to Protect Children and Resources for Getting Help

Written by: Jason Jowers, MS, MFT April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to promote the safety and well-being of all children and families and to recognize the child welfare professionals and allies who work tirelessly to protect children and youth. When talking about child abuse, one of the toughest issues to face is child sexual abuse. According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2024), “Child sexual abuse is any interaction between a child and an adult (or...

3 Leadership Bedrocks

Drew Dudley says we've made leadership such a huge concept it seems almost impossible for most of us to do. It seems reserved for the few people who can change the world. This, of course, isn't true. In reality, everyone is leading through their behaviors all the time. What we learn from this perspective is... Leadership is influence. Our influence is felt through our behaviors. Our behaviors are driven by our values. Here are three values to embody in your leadership! HUMILITY “Our job is...

New podcast episode : Reconnecting with Nature: Revisiting Liberty Hyde Bailey’s ‘The Nature Study Idea’

Our latest episode of the Extension Out Loud podcast, celebrating Earth Day, showcases the launch of a newly edited edition of Liberty Hyde Bailey's "The Nature-Study Idea." Edited by John Linstrom, Postdoctoral Fellow specializing in Climate and Inequality at the Climate Museum, this edition reintroduces Bailey's often-overlooked masterpiece. It includes enlightening introductory essays and supplementary materials to provide valuable context. Learn more at the Extension Out Loud website .

Rediscover Food Preservation: Redesigned Website Empowers Consumers and Extension Professionals

Interest in home food preservation has surged in recent years, fueled by more time spent at home and a desire for self-sufficiency. People are rediscovering traditional methods like canning, pickling, and drying to preserve their harvests and reduce food waste. But with this increased interest comes a crucial need for science-based information. Safe food preservation practices are essential to avoid foodborne illness and economic loss from spoiled food. This is especially important for the...

Social Determinants of Juvenile Mental Health: 5 Things Providers Should Know

Written by: Hannah Bradford and Kalin Goble, M.S. Mental health concerns in juveniles can be complex. Oftentimes, youth mental health concerns are attributed to hormones, stress at school, or just a “normal” teenage attitude. With military children, mental health concerns can sometimes be exacerbated by parental deployment or repeated relocations. It can be hard for these children to find support when their support systems are constantly changing. The Department of Defense identifies, that...

Nothing changes if nothing changes

Stats tell us up to 80% of people who attend a conference, training, or other professional development won't change anything in their lives after the experience. The notes, books, articles, and videos you diligently collected during the experience have been all but abandoned. The ironic part is that most people respond positively when asked if they are lifelong learners. They often take pride in describing themselves this way. If this is so, why do we find it so difficult to act on those...

2024 National Urban Extension Conference Presentation Update

Individual Presentations Individual oral presentations on topics related to the conference theme or other topical areas of interest will be 15 minutes in duration. Each room will have a moderator to maintain time restrictions which will allow all presenters to use allotted time and enable attendees to attend multiple sessions. Presentations should be succinct, with well-developed concepts, applications, and results. Presentations will be grouped by topic for 60 minutes sessions. Panel...

New Edition of "Extension Evaluation Matters" Released

The Extension Foundation is pleased to announce the release of a new edition of Extension Evaluation Matters , edited by Dr. John Diaz (University of Florida) and Dr. Teresa McCoy (Ohio State University). This comprehensive resource empowers Extension professionals with knowledge and tools to effectively evaluate their programs. Designed for Practical Application Packed with actionable resources, "Extension Evaluation Matters" equips Extension professionals to: Grasp evaluation fundamentals:...

From Earth Day to Everyday Action: Extension Tackles Climate Challenges

The History of Earth Day Earth Day was launched in 1970. Many factors contributed to the call for a national day focusing on environmental stewardship, including the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring - serialized in the New Yorker - and the catastrophic oil spill that occurred off the coast of Santa Barbara in 1969. The Santa Barbara oil spill galvanized U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) to call for a national day of locally inspired and organized "teach-ins" on the...

Catch Up on Quarter 1: Reviewing Our "Telling Your Story" Extension Skills Series

This month concluded the first series of Extension Skills, a monthly professional development offering for our members! This quarter's theme, "Telling Our Extension Story, aimed to equip you with valuable insights and strategies to enhance your communication and outreach efforts. We've been fortunate to have had many experts on to share their tips and best practices on how to connect to our audiences, and share the learnings and success of your extension projects and programs in a variety of...

NTAE Workforce Program Action Team Fellowship Position Available

Summary: One individual is needed to fill an Economic and Workforce Development Program Action Team (WF PAT) Fellow role. The Fellow will support the PAT co-chairs with PAT operations; assist with meeting planning; assist the PAT working group chairs with documentation and reporting; and assist with the development of a Workforce PAT convening and with writing of a post-conference white paper. Application Due Date: Open until filled. Application Link:...

Understanding and Addressing Problematic Sexual Behaviors among Children

Written by: Jason Jowers, MS, MFT Cases involving problematic sexual behaviors (PSBs) among children can be challenging for clinicians and non-clinicians to navigate. Clinicians are often working with the family or families involved, including parents and caregivers, but may also need to work with non-clinicians within the school systems the children are in. Addressing problematic sexual behaviors among children also has an added layer when cases take place or involve Department of Defense...

OSU Seeks Extension Specialist in Silviculture & Director of Research Forests

Oregon State University invites applications for a combination position as Research Forest Director of Research & Community Relations & Associate/Full Professor Extension Specialist in Silviculture . The Research Forest Director of Research & Community Relations will provide critical leadership and oversight to the 9 OSU Research and Demonstration Forests that serve as living laboratories for learners of all types to gain insight into all aspects of forest management. As...

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...

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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. 

This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit extension.org. You can view the terms of useat extension.org/terms.

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