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Spotlight on Youth Mental Well-Being in Military Families

Edited by: Anna Peterson Written by: Karen Shirer, Ph.D. The popular media continues to draw attention to the national mental well-being crisis among children and youth, including those in military families. The CBS television station affiliate in Minnesota, WCCO-4, recently aired a three-part series on the pandemic’s impact on youth mental health . The reporter, Esme Murphy, interviewed the following national experts on youth development regarding the crisis: Doctor Sarah Jerstad, the...

An Invitation to the Equitable Development Leadership Academy

We are delighted to extend a special invitation to Game On: Equitable Development Leadership Academy across our networks. We are seeking young leaders promoting equity in their communities and the Extension professionals supporting their team. This exciting project is sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and facilitated by Sophia Rodriguez and members of the Solvable team. In this time of unprecedented health, social, economic and environmental crises, the Well Connected Communities...

The Spectrum of Prevention: A Framework to Tackle Food Insecurity in Communities

By: Jenny Rea, Ph.D. Adapted by Anna Peterson Did you know… 25% of active-duty spouses reported food insecurity in 2021? The 2021 Survey of Active Duty Spouses found that 27% of families with children under six experienced food insecurity. Among this same group of active-duty spouses, 41% were unemployed. These findings echo those mentioned in Noelle Harden’s (Health and Nutrition Educator, University of Minnesota Extension) recent blog post . Noelle provided an overview of nutrition...

Leadership Lunch & Learn - Book Review Series

The SR-PLN PSD Committee is teaming up with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture to host a monthly Leadership Lunch and Learn webinar in 2023. The Leadership Lunch and Learn Book Review Series , features leadership experts from across the southern region. All webinars will be hosted on the last Wednesday of every month at 1:15 – 2:00 PM (EST) / 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM (CST). Webinars will be hosted and recorded using Zoom webinar, and recording links will be shared.

2023 Leadership & Team Development offerings!

How do you know it's time to do leadership development? What would happen if you thought about it as a habit? Get your calendar out and register today! Personal Leadership Bootcamp This 3-part series invites individuals to get to know themselves, choose a path and take action with the power of their personal leadership philosophy! Register here: http://pages.extension.org/bootcamp From "Me" to "We": Values, Trust & Teamwork Discover the value of your values, how to show you’re...

Colorado State University- Online offers you PD in Evaluation & Applied Research in Extension Course & Spring Registration reminder

Greetings Extension friends! Spring 2023 course registration at Colorado State University Online is open through Monday, January 16th. Enrolling in courses is as easy as clicking this orange button and submitting your ESP- Employee Study Privilege form . You do not have to be enrolled in a Graduate program to take individual courses. Graduate courses are a great PD opportunity to enhance your skills and build up your CV. Spring 2023 Extension Education courses NEW!! AGED 600 - Evaluation and...

Nuts and Bolts of Implementing Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being- webinar recording

The framework was approved by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) in 2021 and was designed to serve as a roadmap for advancing the health-focused work of the Cooperative Extension System. The framework is organized around three core themes: health equity, social determinants of health, and working through coalitions to increase community health assets. This webinar, recorded on October 25, 2022, provides an overview of the framework and shares resources for Extension...

EXCITE(ing) Strengths!

Since launching in 2021, the EXCITE program has reached more than 12 Million individuals with immunization education in 1,017 counties across 48 states and territories through the hard work of Extension Professionals from 72 land grant universities and 410 community and healthcare partners. It all began with support for the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) "Vaccinate with Confidence" campaign in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. WHY EXTENSION? Cooperative Extension has an over 100-year...

National Extension Climate Initiative needs Beta Testers for Climate Curriculum

Have you wanted to learn more about climate change yourself, and how to help your clientele address the impacts it can cause? Since we first came together, members of the National Extension Climate Initiative have seen the need for climate training across the Cooperative Extension system. Our formal NECI objective is to: Promote climate education and research throughout the extension system. We have selected the EcoActUs www.EcoActUs.org certificate curriculum for beta testing among...

Starting October 3rd! NEXTGEN Grant Support Introduction and Partnership Opportunities

October 3rd, 2022, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Eastern Time October 4th, 2022, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM Eastern Time October 5th, 2022, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time October 6th, 2022, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Time REGISTER HERE The Extension Foundation was selected by USDA-NIFA to serve as the technical service provider for NEXTGEN to raise awareness of the program and provide technical assistance for eligible institutions to develop teams, partners, program strategies and to connect with USDA and other...

NEW Trauma-Informed Nutrition Online Course

Oregon State University Extension Service and the SPOON Foundation are proud to collaborate on Nourished and Thriving Children , a FREE online trauma-informed nutrition and feeding course. This course was created with foster families in mind, but is appropriate for anyone who cares for or supports a child who has experienced trauma. Participants will learn the 6 principles of trauma-informed nutrition and examples of how to implement the strategies at mealtimes. Hear directly from foster...

Suicide Prevention Month: Extension Resources from OneOp

Military and veteran suicides is not only a public health concern within the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, but a concern within which the communities they live and serve. September is Suicide Prevention Month, and we want to highlight upcoming events from OneOp that may be helpful for service members, veterans, and military families within your local communities and surrounding counties. Suicide is a leading cause of death overall in the United States and the...

South Dakota Student Water Conference and Eastern South Dakota Water Conference

Two exciting conferences should be on your calendar - the Second Annual South Dakota Student Water Conference on October 11, 2022 and the Eastern South Dakota Water Conference on October 12, 2022. The South Dakota Student Water Conference will be October 11 in Brookings, South Dakota on the campus of South Dakota State University. The conference features several growth and professional development opportunities in addition to the opportunity for students to present their research related to...

Cloudy County Extension - Cloud Training Built for Extension

Hello extension! I'm a systems administrator in Florida supporting our research, teaching, and extension programs. In addition to my regular "sysadmin" duties I've found that I really love teaching our extension agents about the "cloud". Together with my co-worker Joe Gasper we've been holding monthly training sessions for just over three years. In that time much of our university has learned the power of the cloud and ways to use new tools that make your digital life a little bit easier.

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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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