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New from OneOp: Military Cultural Competency Course Designed for Extension Professionals!

Military families exist in every community and you, as an Extension professional, might serve them every day - whether you realize it or not. Around two-thirds of military families live off base and often live alongside civilians. Out of uniform, these service members are unrecognizable from civilians when they are in the grocery store, picking their kids up from school, and doing other everyday tasks in their community. The well-being of these families is crucial to the Department of...

Ten Personal Finance Capstone Review Activities

Every extension educator has been there. You’ve just taught some personal finance content (e.g., investment basics or wise credit use) and you want to make sure that it “stuck.” You are looking for a fun, interactive activity to reinforce what you just covered. Below is a summary of ten interactive activities to review previously taught personal finance content: Educational Games - Tools that are popular with teachers in a K-12 setting can also work well as capstone reviews with adults. For...

Career Opportunity: Associate Dean for Extension, Families, Youth and Communities

University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Associate Dean for Extension, Families, Youth and Communities Location: Gainesville, FL The Associate Dean Serves provides vision and leadership for comprehensive state Extension education programs that address critical issues for Florida’s diverse clientele in relation to family, youth, and community development. This is a state with an expanding and increasingly diverse human population, and continued urbanization, along...

Free Event: Transforming Educational Futures

Based out of Vancouver, BC and Salt Lake City, Utah, the Solvable team is our strategic partner in designing and developing an Equitable Development Action Academy in the fall. Their work is focused on launching organizations towards regenerative futures. Alongside a group of education professionals, researchers, and senior administrators, they're hosting Transforming Educational Futures , a 75-minute inquiry into how we educate our way out of the polycrisis , and what stands between...

New Publication - The Community Seminar Series Playbook: A model for community outreach and student development

Webinars offer a convenient and engaging way for people to learn and connect with others. As a result, they have become a vital part of Extension's offerings. A new playbook makes it easy to organize virtual Extension programs, providing step-by-step instructions on everything from choosing a topic to promoting your event. "The Community Seminar Series Playbook: A model for community outreach and student development" was created by a team from the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute...

How Medicaid Helps Families Experiencing Food Insecurity

By Chris Plein, Ph.D., Rachel Brauner, and Lillian Byars, OneOp Medicaid provides health insurance coverage to eligible families and individuals with low incomes and/or specific healthcare needs. Since its inception in 1965, Medicaid has provided a platform for individuals to access needed care and to offset the costs often associated with healthcare. By providing access to care, it can help families stay healthy and avoid costly medical bills that can contribute to food insecurity. Over...

Unique Strengths of the EXCITE Project: Partnerships

The Extension Collaboration for Immunization, Teaching, and Engagement ( EXCITE ) project was created to reduce vaccine hes it ancy in rural and medically unders erved communities . Fund ed by the CDC through an Inter agency Agreement with USDA N IFA and a cooperative agreement with the Extension Foundation , the team has four goals : reduce hes it ancy, increase communication between populations and health systems , increase accessibility to clinics and help implement public health programs...

Run from it OR Learn from it

We can't change the past. What happened to us and who we used to be cannot be altered. When we run from it and wish things turned out differently we keep ourselves trapped in the past. It all happened. It will not ever have not happened. Some things happened to us while others happened because of us. Fill those two buckets and accept them. Learn from them. Grow into a better person from them. Your mindset is the key. Are you getting through or getting better? Each day has micro opportunities...

Program Center Stage: Learn about the Free Tools and Resources Available for Extension Professionals

In this month's Program Center Stage, Extension Foundation’s Aaron Weibe provided an overview of the Foundation’s free tools and resources available for Cooperative Extension and Land-grant Universities including professional development opportunities, leadership, and team development, and other Member Solutions. Aaron walks through the tools, how to access them, and answers attendees' questions. Many participants noted that this session made them aware of many new tools available to them,...

Building Resilient Families: How New Technologies for Ag Extension is Serving the Heart & Hope Program from the University of Nevada, Reno

New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) is a grant from USDA-NIFA in partnership with Oklahoma State University and is currently in its fourth year. Since 2019, the Extension Foundation has served 72 leaders and programs from across Cooperative Extension to help strengthen their programs and make a greater local impact in the communities they serve. Programs that applied for NTAE each year were competitively selected and aligned with USDA and Extension Committee on Organization and Policy...

NIFA Invests $9.4M in Urban Agricultural Production REE Initiative

NIFA has announced funding of more than $9.4 million for 12 projects through the Urban, Indoor, and Other Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education and Extension Initiative. This initiative provides grants for research, education and Extension work to solve key problems of urban, indoor and emerging agricultural systems. The awardees are: University of Alabama, Birmingham; University of California, Davis; Cornell University; University of Delaware; University of Florida;...

Off to College: Preparing Military Teens for Post-Secondary Education

Military teens grow up with their own unique set of challenges. From parental deployments to relocation, teens in military families have learned to be flexible and resilient. That flexibility and resilience can be a great benefit when teens are planning their next steps after high school graduation. For many, that next step means heading off to college and laying the groundwork for the beginnings of a career. As military service providers, we can support military families as they navigate...

Job Openings: Three UConn 4-H Positions Open (Connecticut)

UConn 4-H is hiring 4-H Extension Educators! The Department of Extension at the University of Connecticut (UConn) is seeking applicants for three full-time (11-month), non-tenure track Assistant/Associate Extension Educators. One position will target Food and Agricultural Literacy, one on Environmental Literacy, and the other will focus on Healthy Lifestyles Literacy. These three vacant positions are not specifically designated to an assigned location. Final placement will be negotiable,...

Vacancy Announcement: GS12 Technical Information Specialist (Nutrition), National Agricultural Library

Dear Colleagues, The National Agricultural Library has an opening for a GS12 Technical Information Specialist (Nutrition). This position is a remote position. The selectee is not required to report to a government office, however, the option to work in one of the Agency offices may be available . You can view USDA’s telework FAQs here Telework and Remote Work FAQs | USDA . This vacancy announcement closes 03/31/2023. https://www.usajobs.gov/job/714068100 Summary In this position, you will...

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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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