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March 4, 2016
STARR 2016

2016 STARR Registrations Close on March 14, 2016

4-H Teens age 13-14 are encouraged to register by midnight on March 14  for the State Teen Action Representative Retreat held at the New York State Fairgrounds.  Teens from across NYS take action to network and build their leadership skills during this fun, fast-paced weekend.  Youth will attend workshops, learn how to make the best better, and engage in community service activities that will propel them to the next level of their personal and community leadership!

Here's a few things to know:

Cost is $85/person (includes meals, lodging, workshop supplies & more)
Starts Friday, April 29 at 5:30pm. and ends on Sunday, May 1 at 11 a.m.
Keynote speaker: Hoan Do, son of Vietnamese immigrants who fled the Vietnam War, Hoan honored his parents and his heritage by getting an education at Pepperdine University which led him to a job with the #1 personal development company in the world!  Today he travels worldwide to speak to youth about his and their own limitless possibilities!
Workshops in:  Citizenship Science, Zentangle, Mastering Monet, Designing to Perform, What NXT Robtotics, Fear Factor, NoH8, Save a Life with CPR, ATV Safety, Meal in a Loaf, Bugged Out, Hammer and Nails, Shooting Sports 101, Sod Sofas, and many more...
Dress code:  Casual 4-H appropriate, but dress it up for Saturday evening's dinner!  

4-H Grows Leaders!  Be one!  Don't miss STARR 2016.   Click here to register.

Career Explorations!

#4HCareerEx16: Rooted in Tradition, Growing the Future

We had a great Winter Retreat with the Career Ex Planning Team. Our team includes
Educators from Rensselaer, Orange, Warren, and Washington Counties, as well as
Teen Leaders from the following counties: Albany, Cortland, Erie, Franklin, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Seneca, Steuben, Washington, & Wayne. While our team will continue working on planning the many details that make Career Ex run smoothly, here are a few tidbits to help you start planning your delegation for this year!

Theme: Rooted in Tradition, Growing the Future
This year's Planning Team is forward-focused. The theme emphasizes how Career Explorations can help youth prepare for their futures, in careers and beyond.

Registration Process: This year's registration process will be mostly the same as last year (Click here for more information and forms). We are again collecting signed NYS 4-H Code of Conduct and Permission Slip forms electronically. Please upload forms for both youth and adults directly into the 
4-H Online enrollment database on the individual's profile. This should streamline both the check-in process for Career Ex, and registration process for NYS 4-H events in general. Each youth participating in NYS 4-H events will only have to complete these two forms once during the   4-H year, and then we can access them from 4-H Online for different NYS events. For your convenience and our reporting needs, we'll also record who participated in Career Ex in the enrollment database after the event. You'll be able to access this information for your county via 4-H Online.

Any New York State youth in middle or high school is invited to participate in this event. A youth who is currently not enrolled in 4-H can sign up for Career Explorations - it would be their first 4-H experience. However, they would have to go through an enrollment process to sign up for Career Ex. This means they would have to fill out a NYS 4-H Code of Conduct and Permission Slip along with the event registration form. You should also enter them into the individual (club) side of 4-H Online, too, because we'd like you to upload those signed forms into 4-H Online.

Registration Timeline: Registration materials (including the Program Facts, Registration Form, and Code of Conduct and Permission Slip) are available on our website. County Educators still need to register participants online, as in previous years. The online registration form will open on March 18. We're hoping this gives time for everyone to share information with youth in their county and time for youth to thoughtfully choose programs. Online registrations will be due by June 1 or when the programs fill, whichever comes first. Programs will still fill first-come, first-serve as in previous years.

Registration Fee: The registration fee is $250 per person (both youth and chaperones). We will have a small number of scholarships available for youth participants, which will be distributed to applicants based on financial need and their application contents.  

Opening Ceremony: New this year, the Event Planning Team will be leading team-building and icebreaker games as part of the Career Explorations Opening Ceremony. We're excited for this opportunity to make new friends and connections across counties and programs.

You'll be hearing more from our planning team soon! Look for more stories, videos, and  messages to help you grow the future at #4HCareerEx1 6!

From the NYS 4-H Office

4-H Foundation Golf Tournament - SAVE THE DATE 
June 3, 2016; Country Club of Ithaca

Join the fun at the 2016 NYS 4-H Foundation Golf Tournament!

The New York State 4-H Foundation is an independent nonprofit foundation that is working hard to bring in resources to support 4-H programming across the State! The J. David Ferris Memorial Golf Tournament is the largest single annual fundraising event that supports the Foundation. The tournament will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016, at the Ithaca Country Club and there are many ways your County 4-H program can support this tournament!  

Visit the Foundation website today and learn how you can put together a team of golfers from your county, or sign your Association up to be tee/green sponsor. Do you have any suggestions for local businesses that might be willing to support this event? If so please send them our way. We also need volunteers who can help out on the day of the tournament with registering golfers and supporting the tournament throughout the day. For more information on all of this please visit the 4-H Foundation website by clicking on the image or contacting Foundation Operations Manager Jennifer Trice. Registration closes May 13.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to have some fun and help us raise money that will support the mission of 4-H in New York State!

NYS 4-H Program Leader

PYD Network Webinar/Meeting: Youth & Technology
Thursday, March 31:   11:00AM - 12:00PM
Presenter: Jutta Dotterweich, ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

About the webinar: Youth today are more connected than ever before. This webinar will present recent statistics about how young people are connecting to the digital world and what they do online. We will discuss the impacts of digital media use on adolescent development and well-being, including concerns raised by adults as well as the unique opportunities technology provides for adolescent peer relationships and identity formation. The webinar will conclude with a review of key components of digital literacy and resources to promote it.

About the PYD Network: ACT for Youth is exploring ways to create a virtual network that youth work professionals can join to learn from each other, share experiences and resources, and discuss common challenges. We have begun by offering occasional webinars/web meetings on positive youth development (PYD) topics. A LinkedIn Group will be available soon - watch out for an email announcement next week. As before, we would like to invite participants of the PYD 101 trainings and members of youth worker networks such as 4-H, youth bureaus, and after-school coalitions.

Registration link can be found here! Code: Pyd2016

This is a free web session. Please share the announcement with other youth work professionals. Find resources for youth work professionals on the ACT for Youth website

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 future Friday Updates.  

State Fair-Related SAVE THE DATES! 

2016 NYS 4-H State Fair Webinar: Thursday, May 12: 12-1pm. Stay tuned for more details.
Blue Ribbon Express:    Get all of your State Fair news each month in the Blue Ribbon Express  eLetter, starting    Wednesday M arch 16 .

SAVE THE DATE! June 1 & 2, 2016
6th Annual Youth Development Research Update

Research and Practice in Youth Development:  Forging Stronger Links
  • Research Presentations
  • Dialogue between researchers and practitioners: Application and implementation opportunities and challenges
June 1:   1 pm to 4 pm
June 2:  9 am to 4 pm
LaTourelle, Ithaca NY

4-H Community Event Opportunity
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) has invited 4-H to collaborate in support of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day that takes place on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at George Washington University. The event and its message of hope focuses on increasing access to behavioral health care services and supports for children, youth, and young adults who experience mental and substance use disorders and their families.

The national event, streamed live, will feature panel discussions between behavioral health experts, youth leaders, and family leaders, as well as representatives from key sectors of the community. Because SAMHSA and 4-H missions closely align, here are collaboration benefits and opportunities for 4-H:

  • Access to SAMHSA's ongoing technical assistance materials, training, and education metrics
  • Listing in Awareness Day materials
  • Listing on the Collaborating Organizations page of the Awareness Day web page
  • An Awareness Day web badge to post on 4-H supporters' websites to show that they are part of Awareness Day
  • Mobilizing NYS 4-H groups to participate in Awareness Day by hosting community-level forums and events
  • Sharing messaging and content through 4-H communication channels (blogs, print, social media, website)
Click on the image to get tips, templates, an event-planning checklist, and how-to guides for planning a 4-H Awareness Day event in your county. To submit an Awareness Day 2016 pledge, click on the Pledge Form. If your 4-H program decides to participate, please also email Amy McCune, National Program Leader, Youth Development or contact her by phone at (202) 720-2920 so she can create a summary of 4-H's involvement!

Feedback Needed for 4-H Professional Development Preferences Survey

NIFA's Doug Swanson is asking for your thoughts on Professional Development opportunities.  Please consider filling out this survey! Help us help you! 

As 4-H professionals, w e are responsible for both teaching and attending professional development trainings. The National 4-H Professional Work Group wants to improve professional development opportunities for you as they seek to identify your preferences and influences in the 4-H field regarding your professional development experiences. Additionally, the work group is searching for quality programming that may be promoted and/or replicated to benefit other 4-H professionals across the nation. Your participation in a short survey is much appreciated! 

Please read the consent information here and then click on the image to begin the survey!  

NYS 4-H State STEM Specialist
Applications Available for the Joint Science and Technology Institute for Students and Teachers

The Joint Science and Technology Institute (JSTI) is an all-expense paid residential STEM program that offers participants the opportunity to participate in research projects mentored by Department of Defense research scientists. The program offers exposure to scientific research through hands-on projects, enabling attendees to work with real-world scientists, and increase participants' awareness of career opportunities in related fields.

  • For current high school students, JSTI offers a two-week, all expenses paid, residential program
  • For middle school students (JSTI-MS) a one-week all expenses paid residential program
  • For current high school STEM teachers, the JSTI is a two-week, all expenses paid residential program.

JSTI will provide teachers with world-class laboratory research experiences with research scientists. Teachers will learn to integrate research experiences into their classroom, experience the interdisciplinary nature of research, and increase their awareness of career opportunities in related fields.

To learn more about this program, click the image! For students outside the continental United States, contact Marie Westfall, or call (865) 576-3425.  Apply immediately; deadline is March 5, 2016!

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.

Summer College Equine Practice Program
Open to Junior and Senior High School

Equine Practice: a Veterinary Perspective, running July 17 to August 6, 2016, is a three-week summer course offered by Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine in conjunction with Cornell University Summer College. This hands-on, three-credit program is open to high school juniors and seniors.

The course teaches students the basic principles of horse husbandry, emphasizing anatomy, nutrition, preventive medicine, first aid, common infectious and metabolic diseases, lameness, breeding and foal care, and farrier care.
Through morning lectures and afternoon visits to the Cornell Equine Park, students will learn about a broad range of topics related to horse wellbeing. They will meet and work with more than a dozen Cornell faculty experts in nutrition, breeding, medicine, surgery, and more, and learn what is happening at the cutting edge of equine research and medicine.

Cornell University Summer College is one of the country's most highly regarded pre-college academic programs, giving talented high school students the chance to experience the excitement of college life at a world-class Ivy League university. Students study with world-renowned faculty, earn college credit, explore academic majors, and make new friends. Summer College is offering several additional veterinary medicine and animal science courses this summer, including Captive Raptor Management, Sustainable Animal Husbandry, and Conservation Medicine.
To learn more or to apply, click the image or call (607) 255-6203. Applications for most programs are due April 29!

NYS 4-H STEM Camp - Sign Up Now!
June 17-19, 2016; Camp Shankitunk - Delhi, NY

The NYS 4-H STEM Camp registration is open now and space is limited. A free T-Shirt is available to those who register and pay by May 1, 2016, but all registrations and payment are due by J une 3, 2016.  It's open to youth 10 years and older, and parents can stay as chaperones or volunteers.

How it Works
Each camper chooses one of six STEM tracks to learn about over the weekend, and tracks are filled on a first-come, first serve basis. The tracks this year are: Rocketry, Sustainable Energy, Robotics, Geocaching, & Outdoor Adventure.

Program Logistics
  • Open to Youth 10 years and older. Yes, parents can stay as volunteers or chaperones
  • Cost is $75
  • Youth and chaperones stay in bunks/cabins
  • Delicious nutritious meals are prepared by volunteers and educators
  • Youth bring sleeping bag, pillow, personal care items, flashlights, extra shoes, swimsuit, towels, etc.
  • Program starts at 6 pm on Friday, June 17, and ends at Noon on Sunday, June 19
For more information and to register, click here!

STEM Partner News

Animal Science News! 

March 19: March Dog Madness. Don't miss the March 11 registration deadline!  
March 19: Dairy Judging Clinic at Cornell 
March 25-26: Dairy Discovery
May 7:  Animal Crackers. Registration page will be turned on in March-stay tuned!

Upcoming State 4-H Horse Events   
April 9: State 4-H Horse Bowl at Cornell 
April 16: State 4-H Horse Judging at Morrisville 
May 14: State 4-H Horse Communications at Cornell

For more news and networking, visit our species pages and "like" our Facebook connections. Our SharePoint site is the place to stay updated on 4-H livestock topics. 

Need more help navigating? Contact us  
NYS 4-H Animal Science

Civic Engagement
NYS 4-H State Civic Engagement Specialist
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:

March 11 - Teleconference #3
April 29 - May 1 - STARR 2016

Welcome to New Staff

Marybeth Mitcham, the newest community educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County, has over 15 years of experience as an educator, tutor, trainer, supervisor, program developer, volunteer manager, grant writer, youth development facilitator, and curricula writer. Mitcham has worked in a variety of nonprofit organizations, is a volunteer with the local Boy Scout tr oop acting as the committee chair, troop advancement chair, and certified merit badge instruc tor for 13 concentrations

She has also been a part of several humanitarian trips to at-risk populations in Colombi a, South America. Marybeth has spearheaded and assisted with several years' worth of local charitable efforts to alleviate food security issues, and has regularly volunteered her time as an educator for low-income individuals. She is passionate about empowering individuals through education and modeling to make positive lifestyle changes. 

A member of the Adirondack 46er Club, she is also an ardent supporter of environmental conservation, and in raising up the next generation to be the stewards of the outdoors.

Meet Holly Bowen!

Chenango County 4-H is excited to welcome new 4-H Educator, Holly Bowen, to our program. Holly grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay. Her love of the Bay and the environment led her to persue a degree in Environmental Science and Technology from the University of Maryland, with her research focused on the anaerobic digestion of dairy manure. She then went on to get her Master's degree in Soil Science from the University of Maryland, where she studied nitrogen cycling microorganisms and greenhouse gas emissions in agricultural and wetland environments. 

During graduate school, Holly worked in public education and outreach, including the University of Maryland's 4-H Adventures in Science Program. Holly says, "I'm excited to work for such a great organization as 4-H. I have always been passionate about teaching, and I'm eager to start working with the youth of Chenango County. I hope to instill a love of science and learning in the students I'm working with." 

In her free time, Holly likes to hike with her fiancé and dog, run, and root for the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens. Holly will be working with 4-H members and volunteers in the following project areas: horticulture, STEM, outdoor adventure, and consumer science.

Meet Josie Bonham!

Josie Bonham is the Enfield 4-H Youth Development Program Manager with the Rural Youth Services program in Tompkins County. She grew up in a rural town in Northeast Pennsylvania, has a Bachelors degree from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. 

She has worked with youth and wildlife all over the country, including at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, the San Francisco Botanical Garden, the Ogden Nature Center in Utah, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia, and the Pocono Environmental Education Center in Pennsylvania. 

In her free time she loves to spend time doing anything outdoors, including hiking, swimming, running, bird watching, tree climbing, and discovering! She is excited to be involved in the important work of youth development, and she really enjoys being able to provide special opportunities and activities to rural youth in her community.

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