This is not another service learning program, but rather a unique civic engagement curriculum rooted in community development that teaches public deliberation skills. PEACE is intended to help make the process of teaching citizenship, public deliberation, and civic engagement more enjoyable and youth driven. PEACE is comprised of six lessons and designed as scaffolds where each lesson is used to build into the next lesson.
This webinar highlights findings from a national evaluation designed to discover ways states are promoting youth-adult partnerships and other levels of citizenship. The study’s aim was to gain a better understanding of the challenges and successes encountered by 4-H youth development programs when launching statewide initiatives that engage youth and adults as partners.
Did you know that 75% of prison inmates are school dropouts? Increasing graduation rates of males by only 1% would save the country $1.4 billion in reduced crime related costs? With a H.S. diploma the median household wealth increases by 10 fold over a lifetime? With a college degree that number increases to 90 times more median household wealth? An estimated 13 million dropouts over the next decade will cost the nation $3 trillion in lost taxes, incarceration expenses, and social services? Latina/os have a much higher high school dropout rate than do blacks or whites?
Many families today experience a daily struggle to provide food for their children. This is particularly true for families living in poverty and families who have immigrated to the United States. Food security is especially important for children because their nutrition impacts not only their current health but also their future health and well-being.
This archived recording of a 90-minute webinar is based on "See the World Through My Eyes," an "ages-and-stages" program developed by the family life team at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension aimed at improving parent-child relationships.
Proceedings of the CYFAR Competency & Capacity Building Virtual Summit: Evidence-Based Practices and Strategies for Working with Vulnerable Populations. Engaging video presentations by experts pondering emerging issues and evidence-based strategies in the areas of economic stress, poverty, and programming with cultural competence, followed by lively discussion and links to related papers and resources.
This framework is a vital tool for early childhood education and care providers seeking to build effective engagement strategies. While the framework is intended for Head Start and Early Head Start programs, its lessons are useful and applicable to a much broader audience of early childhood programs. This framework outlines an approach to building solid foundations for successful parent and family engagement in three areas: program leadership, continuous improvement, and professional development.
Community coaches work with local leaders and social change organizations. Working with a coach is a strategy to set goals, take action, make better decisions, and develop natural strengths. Successful coaches focus on outcomes, but not at the expense of the process. They are attuned to the need for balance.
You can request a free e-book copy of the field guide by filling out a short form at this site. This book is a 108-page guide to concepts, tools, and examples of coaching that supports individuals, coalitions, groups, and institutions engaged in shaping and sustaining community change. It incorporates examples from rural and urban settings along with tips and tales from over a dozen experienced practitioners.
The National Extension Parenting Educators' Framework (NEPEF) builds upon the earlier effort, the National Extension Parenting Education Model (NEPEM) (Smith et al., 1994). The NEPEM model established six categories of priority practices and skills to be learned by parents and taught by parenting educators.