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Advising Local 4-H Programs - Planning for Thriving Course and Experience

Dear Colleagues -

You (and a team of your local stakeholders) are invited to participate in the Advising Local 4-H Programs - Planning for Thriving course and experience.

CCE Association administrative and program leadership have been asking for tools and support to better understand local needs, opportunities, and stakeholder interests in pursuit of our educational mission. The Advising Local 4-H Programs - Planning for Thriving approach was developed to support this process for 4-H Youth Development that provides a tool to achieve local CCE Advisory Committee requirements in a new and dynamic way.

The course and experience will help you assess your community, build a shared vision and purpose, and connect to broader 4-H goals. The process and supporting resources address required program advisory functions in a dynamic and forward-looking way that will build your local team and connect you to campus and Association colleagues in a shared learning community. The expectation is that counties involved will have Association leadership support for participation (Executive Director knowledge and support), a team of stakeholders engaged, willingness to participate in the zoom meetings noted below and local conversations and work. The course and experience occur over time January - May.

We will host a Welcome and Overview of the course on Thursday, January 4; 6 – 7:30 PM

The five program modules are:

1. Exploring Youth Thriving Monday, January 22; 1-2:30 pm

2. Snapshot of Today Monday, February 12; 1-2:30 pm

3. Opportunity for All Monday, March 11; 1-2:30 pm

4. A Vision of Tomorrow Monday, April 8; 1-2:30 pm

5. Charting Your Course Monday, May 13; 1-2:30 pm

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain to others the purpose, vision, and research base of the 4-H Thriving Model

  • Find and assess current demographic reach data

  • Find and assess current evaluation data

  • List and connect to other local stakeholders serving youth and families

  • Mentor (work and volunteer) colleagues in the program design and assessment process.

Here is how to get involved:

  • One staff member for your county should register here for the Advising Local Programs - Planning for Thriving facilitation cohort.

  • Once registered, you will receive a confirmation e-mail, a follow-up survey to confirm information about your team, and calendar invitations that you can share with your team.

  • The follow-up survey will ask for names and contact information for others on your team. Internal (like 4-H staff, volunteers, families, or 4-H teams) and external partners (like other youth-serving agency members) working together would make for a good grouping.

For more information about the course and experience see information on the NYS 4-H Planning for Thriving webpage. Questions? Contact Alexa Maille,

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