Pilot to Publication: Sustaining opportunities for WeCook: Fun with Food and Fitness through curriculum publication

Presented by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, WeCook: Fun with Food and Fitness, and Jan Carroll, CYFAR PDTA

CYFAR projects provide an opportunity to meet community need and in the process develop a curriculum that helps young people gain life skills. WeCook: Fun with Food and Fitness is a nutrition, food preparation, and physical activity program for elementary youth that helps youth gain skills that are part of a healthy lifestyle. As a part of the WeCook sustainability plan, the WeCook team researched, wrote, piloted, and peer reviewed the curriculum used in CYFAR programming. This session will describe the process of creating a curriculum, from developing to publishing, and how publishing a curriculum can be part of your grant’s CYFAR sustainability plan.

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Thrive Initiative: Continuum of Parenting Programs

Presented by Terri Rudy, Pennsylvania State University

By supporting parents as they learn and practice effective strategies for raising healthy children, the Thrive Initiative fosters resourceful parents, resilient children, and ready families! The Thrive Initiative is a continuum of parenting programs that include face-to-face and online programming with a range of online resources and interactive learning modules. Participants will learn more about the parenting programs available within the Thrive Initiative, including the online learning modules available at no cost. Programming is evidence informed and unique in that it combines and teaches positive parenting practices, parent and child stress management, and skills parents need to promote health and prevent obesity in their children.

Stats for People Who Think They Can’t Do (or Understand) Stats

Presented by Jessie Rudi, University of Minnesota

Learn how to calculate descriptive (e.g., averages, sample variance) and inferential statistics such as t-tests, chi- squares, and analyses of variance (ANOVAs). The goal is to increase participants’ ability to run and understand their data analysis using data collected from their program. Specifically, the session will focus on when to calculate which kinds of statistics to meet your data reporting needs. Some questions these kinds of statistics can help individuals answer include “Were boys more likely than girls to show up to program events?” and “Did the participants report significantly more physical activity at post-test than at pre-test?” Free online resources will be shared.

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USDA Listening Session

Presented by Bonita Williams, USDA/NIFA

Ask questions, voice opinions, and connect with national program staff in these listening sessions designed to help CYFAR professionals identify, address, and resolve problems.

Successfully Recruiting and Engaging Participants from Non-traditional Families

Presented by Colorado State University and University of Hawai’i Manoa, GRANDcares Program,
University of Nevada Reno, Stepping Into STEM, and Autumn Guin, CYFAR PDTA

The GRANDcares program is a partnership between the University of Hawai’i Manoa and Colorado State University that provides self-care education to grandparents raising grandchildren. Let’s Discover STEM/ Descubramos STEM teaches Latino parents of preschool children to interest their children in pursuing STEM by engaging their children in science activities in the home. What these programs have in common is their ability to recruit and retain nontraditional families. Recruiting and retaining nontraditional families is at the heart of what every CYFAR program does. Join colleagues working in two very different programs as they share their best practices, technologies, and partnerships for bringing families together.

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The t-test Was Significant (or Not), So What?

Presented by Jessie Rudi, University of Minnesota

Learn what you can do and say after you have your data and results. Participants will walk through what you can tell your stakeholders about your program based on t-test results and come up with implications of the results. Just because the results were not statistically significant does not mean that they are not insightful or helpful. The goal is to help participants better understand their program’s participants and impact. This session will cover easy ways to create visuals describing your program and demonstrating your program’s impact based on the results of statistical analyses.

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Empowering Youth Leaders in their Community

Presented by University of Maine, Maine 4-H Community Central
Phillip Ealy, CYFAR PDTA

Participants will learn how to engage youth leaders in the community for the benefit of both youth leaders and the program.

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Program Planning with Equity in Mind

Presented by Nia Imani Fields, University of Maryland

This two-part session will focus on resources and guiding practices related to program planning through an equity lens. Participants will engage in discussions and activities to learn about key terms, strategies, and practices related to program planning through a social justice and equity lens. Participants will be introduced to a social justice youth development guide and logic models developed by the National 4-H Access, Equity, and Belonging Program Leaders Working Group.

In the second part of this two-part session, participants who attended Part A will begin to put the shared tools and resources into practice. We will explore our programs and practices as we strive for cultural relevancy and equity.

Is it Really Not “Traditional” 4-H? Integrating CYFAR and 4-H Programming, Three States Perspectives

Presented by the University of Georgia, Project GROWL, Utah State University, 4-H Science Afterschool Program, and University of Missouri, 4-H Youth Futures College Within Reach (YF), and Laura Palmer, CYFAR PDTA

This session will explore how 4-H can effectively integrate into CYFAR Sustainable Community Projects to promote positive outcomes for children, youth, and families and will feature a panel of three current CYFAR-funded programs sharing their experiences of how youth participants benefit from this valuable partnership.

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Youth CAN: Making Tomorrow’s Leaders

Presented by Cornell University, Youth CAN and Kerri Ashurst, CYFAR PDTA

Learn about the Tomorrow’s Leaders Conference, a two day event where teen leaders, adult partners and youth from other youth-serving organizations throughout Buffalo, New York participate in hands-on community improvement projects, such as spring planting at several urban farms in Buffalo, and a series of youth- determined, youth-led workshops on a broad range of topics including food justice, race and stereotypes, teen healthcare, sexual orientation, and gender identity. As a culminating activity, the Youth CAN teen leaders will lead a Ripple Effect Mapping activity to reflect on the ways in which Youth CAN has been successfully sustained by creating the Youth Community Action Network in Buffalo.

Building Partnerships within Tribal Communities

Presented by Jeffrey Tibbetts, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Participants will learn skills and discuss ways to improve organizational relationships with tribal communities. Specifically, this workshop will feature historical context that should be considered in your research or outreach, best practices for building successful partnerships in tribal communities, and group discussions on various aspects of tribal-community-engaged research or projects.

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Growing U Together

Presented by Texas A&M University and Prairie View A&M University, Growing U, and Kimberly Burgess- Neloms, CYFAR PDTA

Learn the best practices from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension program and Prairie View A&M University, Cooperative Extension programs, effective communication in collaborative grants. This unique collaborative team has found the value in leveraging resources and maximizing capacity, through creative solutions to perceived barriers in communications. The team will present an interactive session that is bound to spark a conversation and change an email into a phone call in order to learn more about this innovative approach which unites gardening with families.

Fly By Light - Discover Your True Nature

Presented by Hawah Kasat, One Common Unity

Ever wonder what it takes to shift the culture or climate in your school, community, or organization? Learn about one program based in Washington, D.C., that is equipping educators, youth workers, activists, and students with the tools of mindfulness, trauma-informed care, social-emotional learning, arts expression, and self-care to impact their city and schools. Participants will learn about the journey to how the award-winning Fly by Light youth program was created and how it is being used to transform the city into a safer and more inclusive place while providing a path for engaging students and stakeholders in the process.

Introducing Common Measures 2.0

Presented by Lynne Borden and Daniel Perkins, CYFAR PDTA

Take some time to learn more about and give feedback on the proposed new CYFAR Common Measures in this feedback session.

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Pretty Eagle - Leveraging STEM

Presented by Montana State University, Linking Native American Youth to Agriculture & Environmental Practices Using STEM Technologies, and Nancy Deringer, CYFAR PDTA

The Montana CYFAR project uses technology to inspire Native American youth in 5th through 8th grade to meaningfully engage in their communities. The youth learn STEM skills through hands-on, field-based use of current geospatial technologies (i.e., GPS/GIS, aerial photography) and computer-aided design (CAD) technology; create products identified as valuable and culturally relevant to their communities (e.g., maps locating native and invasive species); and utilize learned skills for employment on the reservation and in the larger community.

Fidelity, Sustainability and Evaluation, OH MY!

Presented by Cathy Hockaday, Iowa State University

This presentation will demonstrate how not to be scared of those words but celebrate the successes of achieving them. Everyone knows the words, and everyone understands their importance, but not everyone celebrates the value of them. The presentation will draw upon the expertise in the audience in addition to presenting some case studies of how to be successful in all aspects.

Specific Genius: Building Resilience by Making Meaning

Presented by Kate McCracken

In most ancient cultures young adults experienced a ritual or ceremony that helped them to discover their innate gifts, the specific genius that they were perfectly suited to contribute to their communities. Upon discovery of their gifts, they were welcomed into their community as adults whose gifts were lovingly received and made essential to the community’s functioning. We currently tell kids they can be anything they want to be as an attempt to encourage and inspire them, but walking out into the “real world” without a sense of what you are meant for can be confusing and overwhelming. Most of us found our way to youth development work because of a passion, but there’s no denying this work is hard, and passion doesn’t always feel like enough. In this workshop we’ll tune into our gifts, or specific genius, and we’ll find the resilience we need to keep doing this critical work at the intersection of our passion and our purpose. Participants will leave with insight into their gifts, a set of contemplative practices that build ongoing resilience, and new relationships or strengthened bonds.

CYFAR Data Clinic

Presented by Mark Otto, CYFAR PDTA

Does uploading your data to the CYFAR database make your palms sweaty and your heart race? This session will focus on the basics of uploading data into the CYFAR database. No more phone calls to the University of Minnesota! Get in-person technical assistance and your pressing data questions answered.

Ripple Effect Mapping: Learn by Doing

Presented by Mary Marczak and Emily Becher, University of Minnesota

This presentation extends over two workshop sessions and is a hands on application of the Ripple Effect Mapping framework. Attendees will act as participants in a Ripple Effect Mapping process. Through participating in each step of the process and observing the facilitating and mapping, participants will learn by doing. Time will be reserved at the end for reflection on the utility of Ripple Effect Mapping, what products and outputs are produced, and how to refine and finalize the data for teams and stakeholders.

Brave Space: Diverse, Equitable, & Inclusive Workplace Cultures

Presented by Kate McCracken

Diversity, equity, and inclusion have become hot topics. Most businesses see the value-add, and most organizations know they will be most effective if their staff are representative of the communities they serve. Beyond the surface level of inviting in diversity in our staff, volunteers, and boards, however, there is much to be done to create an environment that celebrates diversity, includes those who have historically been left out, and creates equitable processes and outcomes. On the interpersonal level, learning how to communicate effectively across difference is a step anyone can take to build a more authentically diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace or community culture. Participants in this workshop will assess their level of comfort with people who are different from them, examine their implicit biases, and leave with simple ways to practice new norms and ways of being that build inclusion and equity.

Food for a Long Life: A community-based participatory action research approach to address healthy food access with intergenerational strategies.

Presented by The Ohio State University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Food for a Long Life and Misty Blue, CYFAR PDTA

Food for a Long Life (FFLL) aims to increase healthy food access, knowledge, and consumption through intergenerational strategies involving preschool-age children enrolled at one of four early childhood education programs in Ohio and Virginia. This presentation will address the appropriateness of a community-based participatory action research approach to address “wicked,” complex issues, like food security, and will highlight principles for building community partnerships, identifying evidence-based intergenerational strategies, documenting impact, and planning for sustainability. Participants will leave this session invigorated to explore intergenerational interventions for pressing societal concerns.

Self Care isn’t Selfish: Multiplying Impact by Creating Sustainable Work Habits

Presented by Kate McCracken

Scarcity is pervasive in the nonprofit and community-based organization sector. There is a perception that there is never enough money, time, space, resources, etc. to achieve our lofty goals. While there is truth to this, and we have to acknowledge that the work to solve the most critical problems of our time will be difficult, the scarcity mindset that has infused our organizational cultures is actually taking away from our potential impact. Participants in this workshop will explore the concepts of energy management and identify opportunities to become more effective. All will leave with a self-care plan that will maximize the results of their efforts and increase their personal well-being.

Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty

Presented by Suzanne Le Menestrel, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The strengths and abilities children develop from infancy through adolescence are crucial for their physical, emotional, and cognitive growth, in turn enabling them to achieve success in school and become responsible, economically self-sufficient, and healthy adults. However, a wealth of evidence suggests that inadequate access to family economic resources compromises children’s ability to grow and achieve success in adulthood, hurting them and the broader society. In this session, Suzanne Le Menestrel, senior program officer at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and director of the study, will present findings outlined in the recent consensus study report, “A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty.” The report, which draws on evaluation research literature and microsimulation data, examines the demographic and contextual factors of child poverty and the promising anti-poverty programs and policies capable of significantly reducing child poverty when combined with diverse and effective policy packages.

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