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BCTR formed a partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension when it located its youth component, 4-H Youth Development, within BCTR. Together CCE and BCTR are demonstrating commitment to grounding 4-H in contemporary societal challenges and embracing the opportunity to apply the emerging discipline of translational research to a large, diverse, and vibrant community based program that can be found in all corners of New York State.

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From the NYS 4-H Office

Save the Date for NYS 4-H Spring In-Service Conference  
April 13-15, 2016

The first-ever NYS 4-H Spring In-Service Conference will be held at the ILR Conference Center on the Cornell Campus on Wednesday, April 13 through Friday, April 15, 2016. 

You don't want to miss it, so be sure to Save the Date and share with your colleagues!  More information will be coming out in next week's Friday Updates.  

Save the Date - April 10-13, 2017
2017 National Extension Conference on Volunteerism

The 2017 National Extension Conference on Volunteerism will be April 10-13, 2017 in Asheville, NC. The conference is designed to focus on volunteer development and program management from the perspective of all Extension disciplines. Mark your calendars and watch for more information or click the picture to learn more now!

2016 National Youth Science Camp - Applications Available
Deadline February 17
Click here for the online applica tion to attend the 2016 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC).

Two graduating high school students will be selected to represent New York at the all-expense paid honors program which will be held from June 15- July 10, 2016. 

To apply, please click the link above and follow the instructions for submitting the online application. For more information about the NYSC, please visit here. For questions about the application process, please email  Mr. Anthony Jaacks or by phone at 518-474-5922.  

The NYSC is hosted and operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. The application and all supporting documents/forms must be submitted online no later than 6:00 pm EST February 17, 2016.  

Free 2016 E-Academy Professional Development Series

Learning is an essential function and outcome of 4-H youth development experiences. I am excited to announce that the 2016 E-Academy professional development series will focus on learning. "The Role of Learning in Positive Youth Development" will be a 10 session online professional development series taking place from March 30 - April 27, 2016.
The e-academy is free and requires pre-registration, which can be done here

This e-academy will be an in-depth, targeted online professional development series designed for 4-H and other youth development professionals.   The focus will be on intentional learning experiences in youth development settings.  Tied together, the sessions will address the what, why and how of learning.  

  • Participants will understand the key theories of intentional learning experiences in non -formal youth development programs.
  • Participants will become aware of best practices related to planning, implementing and evaluating learning experiences.
  • 10 one hour live Interactive webinar style presentations spread over several weeks
  • Poster sessions (pre-recorded 3-8 minutes videos, narrated presentations, etc.) that highlight best practices in learning in practice, evaluation results, impacts from people in the field
2016 E-Academy Sessions (all times eastern)

March 30 - 12pm: #1 The Role of Learning in Positive Youth Development: An Introduction
March 30 - 2pm: #2 Planning and assessing the learning experience
April 5 - 12pm: #3 Creating a learning environment
April 5 - 2pm: #4 Meeting learners where they are
April 20 - 12pm: #5 From learning to skill development
April 20 - 2pm: #6 The what, why and how of experiential learning and related learning delivery models
April 25 - 12pm: #7 Preparing and training learning facilitators (volunteers and staff)
April 25 - 2pm: #8 Reaching new audiences with relevant learning experiences
April 27 - 12pm: #9 How does learning fit into the overall PYD program model?
April 27 - 2pm: #10 The Role of Learning in PYD: Implementation and Conclusion

Cornell Engagement Opportunity - PRYDE!

The Program for Research on Youth Development and Evaluation (PRYDE) is a new initiative from the College of Human Ecology at Cornell to create a nationally-prominent program for translational research in 4-H Youth Development. Co-directors, Dr. Anthony Burrow and Dr. Jane Mendle are working with an advisory committee of faculty and staff from the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR) and the State 4-H Office to move the project forward in 2016.

A critical next step in the development of PRYDE is the creation of a team of 4-H educators that will work with PRYDE leadership to develop strategies and procedures that lead to successful campus-county collaborations. The group will meet via teleconference 8-10 times per year and in person on the Cornell campus once a year, collaborating with NYS 4-H staff and PRYDE team members. The purpose of this work group is to assist PRYDE researchers with building effective partnerships with county 4-H programs and to ensure that PRYDE research and extension efforts are aligned with the needs of CCE 4-H frontline educators, that they reflect the mission, vision, and values of the NYS 4-H program, and the needs of youth and families.

PRYDE is looking for a small group of current CCE 4-H resource educators, program leaders, or executive directors, who are closely tied to on-the-ground realities and are interested in serving on the work group and contributing to the development of PRYDE. The work group will also have the opportunity to increase their knowledge of cutting-edge social science research and evidence-based practice and explore new ways of applying it to their youth development programming. PRYDE will provide salary recovery to the CCE Associations involved equal to 5% FTE, plus coverage of travel to Ithaca once a year.

If you are interested in learning more, and/or applying for this opportunity, please let me know and I will send you the application materials. The applications are due to me by March 7, 2016.

Director, NYS 4-H Youth Development

Civic Engagement
NYS 4-H State Civic Engagement Specialist
Capital Days Teen Planning Committee!
Application due February 15

The application for the Teen Planning Committee for 4-H Capital Days is due February 15th! 

The application can be found here! Please forward to all interested 4-H teens. We look forward to a great group this year!
4-H Grows Leaders:  STARR 2015-16 Planning Committee
April 29 - May 2, 2016 
This is our final call for advisory councils, teen groups, and the like to 
pitch proposals for workshop offerings. We will offer 20 long works
hops (2- 90 minute sessions with the same group) and 20 short workshops (2- hour long sessions with two groups) so help us to fill our offerings.  
It is not too early to save the date and check out our 2016 planning calendar:

Feb 6-7 - Winter Retreat # 2 will be held at the Amboy Environmental Center
Mar 11 - Teleconference #3
April 29 - May 1 - STARR 2016

Healthy Living
NYS 4-H State Healthy Living Specialist
National Video Challenge for Youth

The Deparmtent of Health & Human Services & the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is pleased to announce the My Preparedness Story: Staying Healthy and Resilient Video Challenge.  Taking action ahead of an emergency can help individuals, families, and communities fully prepare to prevent or minimize potential health impacts.  Young people can help their families, friends, and communities become stronger by protectin g their health during disasters and every day.

This contest invites young people between the ages of 14 and 23 to create a short video, 60 seconds or less, that answers the question, "How are you helping family, friends, and community to protect their health during disasters and every day?"

For more information, click the picture!

NYS 4-H State STEM Specialist
Summer Teacher Institute in Plant Biology
July 18-22 Applications Open

Boyce Thompson Institute's  Summer Teacher Institute: Curriculum Development Projects in Plant Biology is now accepting applications!   Are you a STEM educator interested in plant biology?  \Do you want your classroom want to connect with world-class researchers? Would you like to create curriculum based on the latest discoveries in life s ciences?

Join scientists and educators from across the nation to explore the connections among the plant sciences, agriculture, bioenergy, biotechnology, environment, genetics, and your classroom! The Boyce Thompson Institute's Curriculum Development Projects in Plant Biology program - a weeklong intensive professional development opportunity for 7-12th grade and community college science teachers - will be held July 18-22, 2016 at BTI, located on the Cornell campus. Learn and design new plant-based curriculum that integrates into STEM courses and aligns with NGSS standards.

Curriculum Topics and Projects will include Algae and Biodiesel, Biotechnology and U.S. Agriculture, Epigenetics, Plant-Insect Interactions, Virus Biology, & Research in the Classroom.

Teachers interested in bringing scientific discovery and inquiry-based learning to the classroom are encouraged to apply. Selected teachers will receive access to BTI's Classroom Experiment Kits, Lesson Plans, and Faculty Expertise. On-campus housing, some meals, a travel award, and stipend will be provided to teachers who successfully complete the program. Up to 70 professional development credit hours can be provided.

Learn more and apply here

2016 Clean Tech Competition
Registrations are open

Registration is now open for the 2016 Clean Tech Competition, a global research and design challenge for 15-18 year old students. This year's challenge is to "Making an Impact".

 This e ducational opportunity challenges students to develop innovative, clean technology solutions  to real-world issues. Solutions may take on aspects of plastics or the need for cheap, clean energy. Student participants will gain experience with focused research, critical thinking, and the scientific process - making it a great project based learning opportunity.
There is no entry fee, and students can participate through school, extracurricular programs, or on their own. The 1st Place Team will win $10,000 and the Finalist Event will be held on a cruise from Miami, Florida, USA to the Dominican Republic, when Finalist Teams will meet to explore fun and educational activities, present to a live panel of judges, and network with industry professionals. Should your team make the final, there is only the cost of getting to Miami, your cruise will be paid for!

There is no limit to the number of Teams per organization - so spread the word! Each stage of the competition is designed to be a rewarding process, and more student participation means    inspiring more young scientists to help build a better future for our planet.

And there is something for the teachers of the schools and those teachers who are team leaders! This year's Clean Tech Competition happens on board Fathom's Cruise Ship Adonia where there will be opportunities for professional development with workshops that include: Project based learning, Hands-on science activity ideas and demonstrations, Dinosaurs, Weather, STEM questioning techniques, Earth Science, Endangered species and much more! This opportunity for an educational cruise is open for teachers of any age or grade or Education Professors. So spread the word to any teachers and Education Professors you know, we want them and you there too!

Learn more and register by clicking on the picture!

USDA AgDiscovery 2016
July 17-30, 2016

The USDA is offering a free residential outreach program for high school students interested in agricultural type careers. The Iowa State University AgDiscovery program will be held July 17-30, 2016 in Ames, IA; but check out the website for other university locations and their particular focus program.  It is a two-week--all expenses paid except for transportation to and from the participating university--residential program. Room, meals, tuition, course materials, field trips and transportation during the program are being paid for b y USDA which has made a cooperative agreement with the participating university.  This is a great opportunity for students to experience college dorm life and meet other students from around the country who are interested in agriculture, animal science, or veterinary medicine.

The due date is March 7, 2016. To register and to learn more, click the picture! If you have questions or want more information, you can also contact   Janet B. Payeu, Scientific Outreach Coordinator.

STEM Partner News

Dairy Discovery Workshop
Registrations Open 

Registration for the Dairy Discovery Workshop (March 25-26) is now live and open for taking registrations!  Space is limited so sign-up early! Dairy Discovery is a hands-on workshop held annually at Cornell University in late March. It is a state-wide program for youth ages 14-19 years old. Each year the youth spend the 1½ days (Friday afternoon - Saturday late afternoon) here on campus learning about dairy careers and rotating through a series of hands-on stations which focus on a specific aspect of the dairy field each year. 

The focus of the Dairy Discovery workshops changes each year but includes the following areas: Dairy Herd Health and Management, Calf and Heifer Production Management, Quality Milk and Milk Production, Whole Farm Management Planning, and Maximizing the Feed Management Program. For more information, click the picture or contact Debbie Grusenmeyer.

Animal Science News! 

2016 Willman & Rice Fund Resource Award Applications
March 1 is the deadline for 2016 Willman & Rice Fund Resource award applications!
Did you know you can purchase things like breed standard references to share among your colleagues? The American Rabbit Breeders Association has a new reference available for $20, for example. Ohio State University is also about to release a new Resource Handbook for Poultry in 2016. For more information, visit our website!

2016 March Dog Madness 
March 11, 2016 is the registration deadline for March Dog Madness, wh
ich will be held Saturday, March 19, 2016! A schedule of events and registration information will be posted by January 28. A block of rooms will be held at the Ramada Inn until March 1. The theme in 2016 is Together, We Make a Difference! Each participant may pre-select 2 different workshops from a menu of canine related topics. This annual conference is an op portunity to bring adult and teen volunteers together with community experts to increase knowledge and awareness of the value of science based information on local CCE/4-H dog training programs.  Instructors include university, extension and industry representatives. New and experienced volunteers will walk away with tools and tips they can use at the local level. The cost is $30/person, which includes a lunch. For more information, and to register, click here!
Save the date  -   Animal Crackers  
Animal Crackers- May 7, 2016. Species focus in 2016 will include Dairy Cattle & Goat project topics. To get involved, Chair, Jen Clancey
. For more information, click here
For all other Animal Science related calendar items, click on the calendar icon on the  4-H Animal Science website
All Staff with 4-H Livestock Responsibilities
The NYS 4-H Livestock Advisory has a CCE SharePoint Team site!   Resource updates, grant opportunities, discussion topics and calendar items are posted weekly. To learn more, contact Chair, Holly M. Harwood. If you need help accessing the SharePoint site, contact Dana Palmer.

New Rabbit Activity! 
As of 2016, a newly approved activity in NY for 4-H at the local level is Rabbit Hopping and Agility. You will
find a wonderful resource created by our 4-H Youth Development colleagues in NJ which outlines ways to engage youth and animals safely in this sport. Check it out here!

NYS 4-H Animal Science

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