Community Gardens are an underutilized resource for Extension educational programming. While many communities have community gardens, Extension's involvement varies. Many times, schools, nursing facilities, hospitals, or private landowners develop the gardens with no input from Extension.
Getting Beyond Skills: Getting Our Hearts Right is based on a new program developed by Wally Goddard and James Marshall, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension. The training focuses on how individuals and family members too often become stuck in negative perceptions.
The word collaboration is often used to describe change efforts driven by a cooperating group of stakeholders. However, this collaborative work often fails to achieve the synergistic power that is possible.
Out-of-school program staff and administrators, youth workers, trainers, and others will learn about bullying and resources for bullying prevention use in out-of-school-time programs. The latest research and a resource guide will be presented.
Creating a balance of outdoor play, learning, and fitness for preschool children requires more than just an enclosed space with safe equipment. The area should also promote inquiry, imagination, and adventure, but until recently, child care providers had no way to formally rate outdoor spaces with these criteria in mind.
How should we respond in times of tragedy? It is often difficult to know what to do or see. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS, see below for contact information) recommendations are listed below followed by several resources on CYFERnet.
Need to jump start community change? Have you considered Community Coaching? Sports coaches work to keep groups focused on a goal: winning a game. Life coaches help focus individuals on a goal. Community Coaches partner with communities to focus and achieve goals!
This CYFAR Conference workshop presentation by Laura Bovitz, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, includes 10 steps for program development with Latino youth from building trust and rapport with the Latino community to making the program sustainable.
Children and teens are not always kind to each other. In fact, they can be cruel and abusive. The bad news is that this is increasingly a significant problem in today's society. The good news is that research-based information and practical steps exist that you can use to help both the bullies and their victims.
Apprenticeship seems an old-fashioned idea—learning on the job, from a master, instead of in school. Youth development through apprenticeship is the subject of a new book by Robert Halpern, who proposes that the profession take a new look at this old practice.