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July 2024

GUEST POST: The Encouraging Mentor - #6 The Values Review

The Values Review Our values may be defined as beliefs that guide our behavior or motivate us to act. As individuals, we all have varying values and belief systems. We come from differing backgrounds and places. This gives us a rich and beautiful diversity. But how do we incorporate values into our everyday work? How do we ensure our core values are the fundamental beliefs that guide behavior and action? Here’s an exercise that can help. Grab a piece of paper. Look at the table below, and...

AgriProspects Mini-Grants - July 31 Deadline, Upcoming Support Sessions

July 31st marks the deadline to submit a proposal for an AgriProspects mini-grant supporting adult ag workforce development projects. A home stretch update and Q&A session is scheduled for July 17th at 4pm ET. Register for the session using the link below: https://agriprospects.extensio...ts/july-2024-update/ We are also wrapping up our regional office hours for the grant. While marked as regional, anyone can attend any session that fits their schedule. The following office hours are...

Resources for Applying to EXCITE Funding

In case you missed it: There are two new funding opportunities aimed to integrate immunization education awareness and messaging across various projects and programs within Extension! This initiative is a step toward building a holistic health approach with Extension Programming. Application Deadline: The deadline for submitting applications for these new EXCITE funding opportunities is fast approaching! Make sure to mark your calendars and prepare your submissions promptly. Application...

UNH Extension Seeks Field Specialist, 4-H Workforce Readiness

This position is located at UNH Cooperative Extension’s Hillsborough County office in Goffstown, New Hampshire, however is responsible for statewide support in the area of workforce readiness. The 4-H workforce readiness field specialist is responsible for the development of the N.H. 4-H WorkLife pathway with a focus on preparing youth for their next steps as members of the workforce and their communities. The 4-H workforce readiness field specialist provides leadership in determining needs;...

GUEST POST: The Encouraging Mentor #5 - Triangulating Your Skills, Abilities, and Interests

Triangulating Your Skills, Abilities, and Interests to Find Your Future What do you enjoy doing? What are you good at (i.e., your natural gifts)? Where do you want to learn more? These three items, together, can powerfully steer you toward your desired future. Let’s talk about that today. Most people have multiple gifts. Many people can do a variety of jobs, and career paths are frequently not linear. Anecdotally, my friends and former students share that their journeys have been directed...

Happy 4th of July!

Independence Day. Fourth of July . The founding of our nation. Family, fun & fireworks! On this day in 1776, our thirteen original colonies declared independence from Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence document outlines our national foundation of freedom, democracy, and equality. The very first celebration was a year later in Philadelphia. Today, we mark the day with parades, picnics, and fireworks. Historically, July is a big month for the Cooperative Extension Service as...

Extension as a Catalyst to Community-University Engagement: Community of Practice

June's Dynamic Discussion engaged a panel of Extension professionals to discuss the topic, "Extension as a Catalyst to Community-University Engagement." This session served as a starting point for a community of practice to share ideas on how Extension has led campus engagement efforts. Session Overview Jentry Barrett kicked off the session by emphasizing that community-university relationships are at the heart of the Land-Grant University mission. Many Extension missions state that we...

GUEST POST: The Encouraging Mentor #4 - Five Things to Have, Do, Help, and Be

Five Things to Have, Do, Help, and Be: A Personal Futuring Exercise At a very early age, most people are asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We often prompt young minds with examples: “Do you want to be a firefighter? A teacher? A farmer?” But what if there is a more important question: “Who do you want to become?” This is qualitatively different. This is perhaps the best question to ask to prompt future thinking, focus, and goal-setting. In this blog series, I’m attempting to...

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