CYFAR 2006 Workshops
(listed alphabetically by program area, by workshop title)
Early Childhood Workshops
Brain-based Learning for Parents of Young Children
Sharon K. Junge and Sue Manglallan, University of California
Increasing brain development research reaffirms the critical importance of the first five
years of life in shaping a child’s capacity and enthusiasm for learning. This workshop
will share some of the latest brain research findings and demonstrate how to apply
them to effective parent education programming for English and Spanish speaking
families. Program development, evaluation, and sustainability materials will be shared.
Building Collaborations: Responding to Katrina
Louise E. Davis, Cathy Grace, Elizabeth Shores, Delfi Wilson, and Tonya Adkins,
Mississippi State University
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a Gulf Coast R&R, a university, state and federal
agencies, and NGOs including NACCRRA collaborated to deliver materials and aid to
childcare providers in need. The childcare community is an underserved and
overlooked audience. Join an interactive "on-the-fly" mapping session to see how these
partners used geographic information to assess damages to the devastated Gulf coast
region. Discussion on how collaborative partners join with Extension Service and R&R's
to help in the next public emergency!
Love At First Sight: The Social and Emotional Development of the First Three Years of Life
Matt Devereaux, University of Tennessee Extension
Recent research has shown that the first three years of life is critical. Specifically, it has
shown that the social-emotional development of a young child is the foundation for
healthy development and is often overlooked when educating parents and childcare
providers. This workshop will help educators understand WHY this area of
development is so vital and what it FEELS like to be an infant or toddler. The
workshop will be presented in a very emotional and unique format -- bring your
tissues. Also, how this program can be introduced in your community will be
New Staff Orientation for Child Care Centers
James E. Van Horn, Pennsylvania State University
Lesia Oesterreich, Iowa State University
The New Staff Orientation (NSO) is a center director facilitated self-study curriculum
that provides new staff with a comprehensive basic orientation to childcare. It is
applicable to both after-school and pre-school childcare programs
A survey of directors in small and large centers indicated that few directors regularly
provided any kind of comprehensive orientation. Initial results indicated it made the
director’s job easier, increased communication with staff, improved staff knowledge,
and strengthened staff retention. NSO has been approved as a USDA National
Extension Early Childhood Program.
Your Young Child
Patti Faughn and Janice McCoy, University of Illinois Extension
Your Young Child is a 7-unit curriculum presented to parents and caregivers of infants,
toddlers and preschoolers and professionals who work with them. Participants will
gain knowledge of the seven most stressful stages of early childhood linked to child
abuse (unexplained crying, night waking, separation anxiety, exploration, negative
behavior, toilet teaching, and poor eating), and positive strategies for managing them.
Building Learning Communities for Children, Families, and Program Staff
Janet Edwards and Mary Katherine Deen, Washington State University
Quality programs for children and youth are built on a strong vision of caring learning
communities. Join workshop participants to explore and apply a triangle framework of
program management. The framework offers a balance between the roles of managing
and overseeing, coaching and mentoring and building and supporting community.
Based on the work of Margie Carter and Deb Curtis in The Visionary Director:
Handbook for Dreaming, Organizing and Improvising in Your Center, this workshop
will explore strategies to build and sustain learning communities within youth
programs through effective management.
Death Defying Feats: Creating Fun for All Ages
Mindy Denny-Turner and Linda Schultz, New Mexico State University
Ever feel like you are in the center ring without a net? Learn to master all three rings by
adapting the same activity for multiple age groups saving on supplies and time. This
workshop will cover the Experiential Learning Model, Age Characteristics (K-12), and
hands-on adaptable activities with lots of sharing and discussion.
Effective Strategies to Promote Project Sustainability
Scott Meyer, Plymouth State University
Paula J. Gregory, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
This workshop provides an overview of the evaluative and administrative techniques
utilized to promote successful CYFAR project sustainability in New Hampshire.
Methodology for addressing sustainability in project evaluation as well as
administrative monitoring and support activities will be reviewed. Highlights of
previously sustained CYFAR afterschool projects will be shared along with plans for the
long-term continuation of current projects.
Everyday Leaders - Youth Driven Urban Leadership
Colleen Sanders and Jerilyn Ezaki, Minneapolis Schools Community Education
Miriam Erenberg, University of Minnesota Urban 4-H Youth Development
Everyday Leaders is a project of Minneapolis Schools Community Education. Everyday
Leaders offers leadership and service opportunities to students in after school
programs. Conference session will highlight Lucy Laney School, an urban CYFAR site
and youth leadership department-wide. Learn about The Cupful of Leaders coffee
project, creating a Zine and more. Staff are trained through leadership resources,
peacemaking curricula, and service.
Explore the "Treasures" of 4-H for Fun and Learning
Keith Diem, Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service
Lydia Blalock, Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension
Be introduced to a sampling of activities for youth, ages 7-9 (and easily adaptable for
others) contained in the new 4HCCS Exploring the Treasures of 4-H curriculum. See how
easy and fun it is to integrate 4-H into after school settings and introduce the value of 4-
H to non-4-H audiences, including those in “alternative” learning environments and
“at-risk” youth who don't always respond to traditional teaching methods.
Five A Day Through Theatre and Roleplay - A 4-H Creative Arts Approach to Nutrition
Ellen Williams and Debbie Hemmann, Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension of
The Five-A-Day through Theatre and Roleplay of Rutgers Cooperative Research and
Extension of Monmouth County 4-H Department is funded through the USDA Food
Stamp Nutrition Education Program. The program incorporates the use of creative arts
to promote the consumption of five servings of fruits and vegetables a day in food
stamp eligible communities. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to
engage in the Five-A-Day troupe activities including roleplaying, music, movement,
puppetry, writing and visual arts.
Geospatial Technology and the 21st Century Learner
Kim Zaletta, University of Vermont
Leslie Houghton, Gilman Middle School-Essex-Caledonia Supervisory Union
Geospatial Technology Education skills are quickly becoming needed for the future of
our youth to become/remain competitive. In this workshop, attendees will participate
in activities developed for the new 4-HCCS Geospatial Curriculum Exploring Spaces,
Going Places. An educator presently using the curriculum within the classroom will
share why she feels this programming meets the needs for the 21st century learner!
Girl Power! Getting 4-H.Military Youth Healthy - Inside and Out
Melinda Miller, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension
Lesley Darley, Moody Air Force Base Family Member Programs
Building relationships among Extension/4-H faculty and military staff is one of the
most untapped yet rewarding opportunities available in the youth development
profession. Participants of this workshop will learn best practices for developing strong
working relationships with their Extension/military partners and take home a valuable
tool kit for planning and implementing an overnight retreat for pre-teen girls. The tool
kit can be easily tailored for other audiences and objectives; however the emphasis will
be on girls ages nine to 12 with a healthy lifestyles focus.
Grow Green -- Reaching New Audiences Through 4-H After-School Clubs
Holly Kanengieter, Carolyn Dingfelder, and Janet Beyer, University of Minnesota
Out of school time (OST) research found quality after-school programs assist youth in
developing into caring and contributing citizens. A challenging learning environment
along with trained staff and engaging activities are critical to development. You’ll leave
this workshop with 4-H after-school club models, enrichment lessons, and OST research
that will aid in program design.
I Win, You Win, We All Win with Cooperative Games
Nila Cobb, Margaret Miltenberger, and Shirley Wilkins, West Virginia University
Zona Hutson and Kimmary McNeil, West Virginia University Extension
Out of school programs, including afterschool and summer camps are an ideal time to
get children to be physically active. There are more ways than just the typical sports
and games that we remember from school gym class to keeping children active. These
types of games are particularly important when working with at-risk youth who
already feel "defeated" in various ways. This session will teach how to integrate
cooperative games into your programs and how it relates to youth development. This
is an interactive session of playing games including parachute games. Come join in the
I'd Rather Do it Myself!" Are You Missing the Power of Collaborating?
Marilyn Rasmussen, Ann Michelle Daniels, Donna Bittiker, and Ruth Schmeichel, South
Dakota State University
Collaboration challenges all of us to work differently but often reaps results beyond
expectations. This session describes approaches to establishing collaborations with
Native American populations, especially by engaging with faculty at tribal colleges.
Group discussions will focus on successes and challenges of building collaborations
with diverse populations and explore techniques for establishing understanding and
trust crucial to successful collaborations.
Native American Culture and Communication Through After-School Art Programs
Carolyn Clague, South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service
Art is a language that every child speaks and one of the first media that children use to
communicate. After-school programs should guide children knowledgeably in their
artistic expression. Teachers, researchers, and consultants in the field of Native
American Art Education recommend strategies for teaching art. Participants will
explore these strategies in after-school programs though experiential learning.
Opening Doors, Expanding 4-H
Donna Patton, West Virginia University
Brenda Pruett, West Virginia University Extension Service, Mercer County
Sarah Richards, West Virginia University Extension Service, Mercer County
For over a hundred years, 4-H has been "opening doors" for youth. We know what's
behind door number 1 and door number 2. We've been there and done that. But 4-H
Afterschool is what's behind door number 3. This workshop will describe the processes
and products of discovering what's behind door number 3. Participants will hear about
the challenges of networking with school systems and community-based organizations
as well as the lessons learned and exciting programs that have helped 4-H move into
the Afterschool arena in West Virginia.
Kelly Oram and Kelly Sherman, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Jefferson County
C. Eddy Mentzer and Darrin Allen, CSREES/USDA
A hands-on workshop designed to help extension staff understand more of the mission
and service work Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members are
involved in, so they may be able to host a Mock Deployment experience (i.e., Operation:
BugOut) that will expose youth (military and non-military) to the many stages of a
deployment cycle and other topics associated with deployment that affect "suddenly"
PATH (Personal Actions to Health) Across the Impact of Intergenerational
Programming on Children's Attitudes on Aging and Older Adults' Well-Being
Bronwyn S. Fees, Kansas State University
Michael H. Bradshaw, K-State Research and Extension
PATH Across the Generations is a statewide intergenerational program that targets
rural youth and older adults in group experiences to build meaningful relationships,
challenge stereotypes and enhance perceptions of well being. The philosophy,
organization, research, program materials and ideas for successful programming will be
shared in this session. The RE-AIM approach to program evaluation will be discussed.
Reaching Out to Latino Audiences Through Cultural Arts
Robin Vargas, University of Illinois
Mandy Marable, University of Georgia
Que Rico! La Cultura, a new Cooperative Curriculum System publication, utilizes a
bilingual layout to explore the Latino culture. The side-by-side English-Spanish
curriculum presents the Latino culture in hands-on activities that illustrate the richness
of the Latino culture. Activities in the visual, performing, and textile arts capitalize on
many arts, crafts and talents as a means of sharing the history of a fascinating
community. Participants will explore diverse activities included in the curriculum and
will discuss ways that the curriculum can be effective in reaching out to underserved
Strengthening Families through 4-H Military Partnerships
Deb Jones, Justen Smith, Joanne Roueche, Jolene Christian, and Bonita Nielsen, Utah
Oral Arrington, Kadena Air Force Base
Lorena Thornton, US Army Dugway Proving Grounds
Utah 4-H military partnerships involve a varied and enthusiastic group of people from
Army, Air Force, National Guard and Reserve. Presenters will share their experience
developing relationships, implementing positive youth development programming,
and how these successful actions resulted in funding sources for increased outreach.
Teens and Adults Starting 4-H in After School Clubs
Doug Crouse, Katie Daly, and Heather Gooden, University of Delaware Cooperative
This workshop will review and share potential youth-adult partnerships that can be
formed to create and provide 4-H After School Club programs where teen 4-H members
develop classes based on their 4-H experiences and knowledge to present to younger
individuals in an after school environment.
The Fun Factor: Why It Is So Important for Out-of-School Time Enrichment Programs
Ruthellen Phillips and Stacey Harper, West Virginia University Extension Service
Gina Taylor, West Virginia State University Extension
Out-of-school time enrichment programs don’t have to sacrifice “the fun factor” for
achievement—even the children say so. Based on findings from a qualitative research
study of a summer reading program, participants will learn how to market programs to
parents as fun for their children as well as educationally productive, and strategies for
integrating art in out-of-school enrichment programs.
4-H Workforce Prep: Real jobs, Meaningful Experiences and Marketable Skills
Graham Cochran, Nate Arnett, and Carol Smathers, Ohio State University Extension
In two urban settings, Ohio 4-H is providing youth with meaningful job experiences in
the context of planned and structured workforce preparation programs designed to
help youth develop marketable skills. Learn from staff and teens about two successful
4-H Workforce Prep program models, explore curricula, program structure, evaluation
strategies, funding sources, and receive a resource list related to workforce preparation.
Building Your Capacity for Positive Youth Development
Jutta Dotterweich, Cornell University
This interactive workshop will introduce a new resource manual on positive youth
development. Drawing from years of experience working with communities to adopt a
positive youth development framework, the presenter developed a resource manual of
activities, presentations, handouts and reference material that are tools for practitioners
to introduce youth development principles and strategies to service providers and other
community groups. The session will include an overview of the manual contents as well
as a sample presentation and group activity, and will end with a brief discussion of how
to use the resources effectively.
CHISPA: A Spanish Immersion Experience for Bridging Cultures Among Teens
Richard Fleisher, West Virginia University, Extension Service
Sandra Dixon, West Virginia University
Nancy Ryan, Hedgesville High School, Berkeley County, West Virginia
Learn about CHISPA ("spark" in Spanish), a one-day Spanish-language immersion
experience for high school students to participate in activities specifically designed to
improve their Spanish communicative skills and to introduce then to the diversity and
elements of Hispanic cultures. The overriding purposes are to create an interactive
environment where teachers & students representing the dominant culture and
numerous Hispanic cultures work together to break down barriers and work toward
building cooperative and tolerant.
Engaging Youth in Community Development Issues
Kimberly Anderson, University of Georgia, Georgia 4-H and Fanning Institute
Ever get frustrated that leadership development programs are all fluff and no action?
Participate in this session to review Georgia's strategies for developing leadership skills
by engaging youth in community development issues. Rural communities are in dire
need of engaged citizens; our call to action is to create opportunities that build the
capacity for human, social, economic and political capital.
Expanding Our Reach with Trained Teenagers-Everyone Wins!
Chad Ripberger, Laura Bovitz, Debi Cole, and Rachel Everett, Rutgers Cooperative
Research and Extension
Teens are often underutilized in the delivery of 4-H Youth Development programs.
This workshop will introduce the core elements of teen-led cross-age teaching programs
within the context of New Jersey’s Teens Teaching Middle School Youth Workforce
Preparation Skills program that provides programming to primarily at-risk youth in
urban after-school programs. Two of the program’s trained teenagers will provide their
Express Yourself! Put the Pieces of the Communications Puzzle Together!
Cheryl Varnadoe, University of Georgia
Kathleen Jamison, Virginia Tech
Communication and public speaking are among the most common social phobias.
Puzzled about teaching vital Communication skills to the young people you work with?
Let the new 4-HCCS Communications Curriculum, Express Yourself, show you the
missing piece! This interactive workshop will include hands-on activities from the
exciting curriculum. Four books span a developmental range from age 9-18. Topics
range from verbal / nonverbal messages to public speaking skills and include many
more pieces of the Communications Puzzle. Learn, practice, have fun, and challenge
your youth to put this unique puzzle together. The only missing piece is you!
From Trial to Triumph-Establishing a Neighborhood Computer Lab and Learning Center
Patrick Jirik, University of Minnesota Extension Service
Learn how a group of community activists established a neighborhood computer lab
and learning center to serve at-risk youth. This workshop will focus on the outcomes of
a collaborative effort involving volunteers, faith-based organizations, businesses, and
the University of Minnesota Extension Service who realized a goal of setting up a
computer lab in an all-volunteer run neighborhood youth drop-in center. Discover the
trials, triumphs and approach implemented to establish and sustain a computer lab
design to serve the web-based technological needs of a highly diverse, urban youth
How Do They Get That Lonely? Teens Teaching Teens Survival Skills
Cynthia Warner, University of Maryland Cooperative Extension
Youth of all ages, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds can become the victims of
the “loneliness” syndrome causing them to contemplate and attempt suicide. Teens
and/or adults will participate in "hands-on" activities adapted from the 4-H curriculum
that will enable them to conduct trainings helping youth develop their communication,
stress management and decision-making skills to cope with risky behavior.
Impacting Workforce Readiness Through Teens Reaching Youth
Eric Killian, University of Nevada Reno
Ron Drum and Eddie Locklear, National 4-H Council
The NFL, J.C. Penney’s and 4-H Afterschool team up to impact Workforce Readiness
skills in middle school youth. This session will provide an overview of two 4-H
afterschool resource guides and promising strategies/curricula for workforce readiness
programs. Examples of successful after school collaboration models and cross-age
teaching approaches will be shared from experiences with 10 states and over 7000
KATCH the Action
Elaine Johannes, Michelle Brokes, Ann Sparke, Carol Fink, and Craig Gross, Kansas
Step back and picture how you can work in your community to create a change in
wellness and physical activity. Utilize teen mentors in an after-school program to create
a physical active environment for elementary age youth. Teens are also valued
members of a community coalition that focuses on community environments and
resources that support and sustain physical activity.
Learning Leadership for the 21st Century: Interviews, Stories, Advice, and Voices of Leadership
Mentors and Youth
Lucia Orcutt and Arthur Brown, University of Minnesota
Participants in this workshop will actively experience the results of 25 adult interviews
and youth focus groups about their leadership experiences. Discussion of the results
will focus specifically on implications for practice in terms of designing and delivering
programs that teach young people leadership skills needed for the 21st Century.
Handouts will be provided.
Let's Talk About It: A Teen Sexuality Awareness Program
Manola C. Erby
Let's Talk About It is a four -week teen sexuality awareness program designed to reach
youth ages 14- 19 in local school and communities. Let's Talk About It utilizes various
interactive methods to provide youth with information about pregnancy prevention,
HIV/AIDS, and sexually transmitted diseases. It also allows youth to practice
communication, refusal, and negotiation skills.
Life Rocks! Teens as Mentors & Teachers
Rae Wilkinson and Susan Holder, Mississippi State University Extension Service
Life Rocks! is a teen taught curriculum that focuses on helping youth make wise choices.
Each teen teaching team is partnered with an adult coach. There are twenty-three states
and thirty-eight demonstration sites in the Life Rocks! program that target youth that are
in high-risk neighborhoods. Professional staff and paraprofessional staff attending this
session will gain skills in teaching, working with teens as teachers, and youth/adult
Money Talks--Teaching Teens financial Skills for Their Life
Karen P. Varcoe, Shirley Peterson, Mark Gonzalez, and Charles Go, University of
California Cooperative Extension
Many money management curricula for teens exist, but are we teaching teens what they
want to learn? This session will report on research conducted to find out what teens
want to know about financial management, the educational materials and website that
were developed, and the effectiveness of these materials on the financial knowledge
and behavior of participants using the materials.
Say Y.E.S. to Youth: Youth Engagement Strategies
Julie A. Scheve and Daniel F. Perkins, The Pennsylvania State University
Within communities across the country a growing movement exists to engage young
people on community teams. This session is designed to provide participants with the
tools and knowledge base to include young people as team members on community
teams. Specifically, participants will learn about the Say Y.E.S. to Youth resource packet
that includes research-based information and experiential activities related to youth
Speaking Out About Positive Rural Youth Development Experiences
Celeste Carmichael, Cornell Cooperative Extension State 4-H Youth Development
Statistics show that young people in rural environments face many of the same
challenges associated with youth living in cities yet they fare worse on several key
indicators of positive youth development. This workshop reports on several initiatives
in New York addressing these concerns, and helping rural youth speak out about their
experiences and make a difference in their communities.
Teamwork and Culture Literacy for Teens (TCLT)
Nate Arnett and Graham Cochran, Ohio State University Extension, Adventure Central
Steve Brady, Ohio State University Extension, Warren County
Beth Bridgeman, Ohio State University Extension, Greene County
For two years, a diverse team of youth and adults from Ohio 4-H has built teamwork
and cultural literacy through a series peaking with an immersion experience as a
subsistence level farmer. Workshop participants will learn from teens about a program
for teens focusing on teamwork and cultural understanding and receive planning and
curricula information for replicating the program.
The Amazing Race: Using Theme Based Adventure to Prepare Teens for the Workforce
Denise Everson, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service
This workshop will introduce adventure weekend retreats as an avenue to prepare
teens for workforce preparation and will demonstrate creative ways to use reality
shows and popular series to guide youth through the preparation of resumes, from
cover letter to references.
Through the Eyes of Young People: Understanding Positive Youth Development
Lynne M. Borden, University of Arizona
Kathy Woolridge, Christopher Pinedo, Delita Dang, Jesse Vasquez, and Luz Crump,
This session provides strategies directly from the young people who participate in the
program. Young people will discuss key ways program staff can improve their after-
school programs by learning how to address the critical elements. This session provides
an overview of current research and how to apply this information when working with
diverse and older youth.
Working with Teens with Behavioral Issues
Phillip E. Hoy, Daniel F. Perkins, Paul Webster, and Bart Christner, The Pennsylvania
As youth professionals, we have all encounter youth with behavioral issues
(disrespectful, aggressive, or confrontational youth). Often times; however, youth
professionals are not prepared to appropriately address these issues? The PA YET
project team has had experience with working with these challenging issues. This
interactive workshop introduces participants to the resource kit materials and hands on
activities address behavioral issues.
Youth Leadership Through Civic Engagement: Fostering Personal Leadership
Elayne Dorsey, Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development
For at-risk youth in marginalized communities, civic engagement can be an effective
strategy for leadership development. Research has shown that personal leadership
generates a self-awareness that is often the precursor to more active forms of civic
engagement and community leadership. This workshop aims to help facilitate
programs to foster personal development as a crucial step in the process of youth civic
Adapting a Best Practice Program to Reach Latino Families
Louise Parker, Washington State University Extension
Diana Castro, Washington State University Extension, Mason County
Drew Betz, Washington State University Extension, Whatcom County
Ann Diede, Washington State University Extension, Chelan and Douglas Counties
Laura G. Hill Washington State University
This workshop describes the adaptation of a "best practice" program to a new audience
of Latino families. A team of family educators and evaluators will explain how they
implemented the Spanish language version of the Strengthening Families Program in
Washington State. A review of evaluation findings will illustrate how outcomes for
Latino families differ from those of other cultural groups.
Cultivating Spirituality in Children
H. Wallace Goddard, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
Spirituality is associated with many positive outcomes for children and families. Solid
research on moral development, appreciation, flow, and emotional intelligence provide
a stable foundation for cultivating healthy, spiritual humans. This session will overview
relevant discoveries on cultivating spirituality in children and provide practical
behaviors that are likely to cultivate healthy, balanced children.
Dare to Be You: Science and Fun Together Meeting the Needs of At-risk Families
Jan Carroll, Jan Miller-Heyl, Kate Langworthy, Gale Miller, Jean Justice, Tommy
Covington, Cheryl Asmus, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension
Participate in activities supporting decision-making, assertiveness, responsibility, and
efficacy from DARE to be You, a 15-20 hour training and curriculum for parents and
youth ages 2 ñ 18 that can be used to enhance existing programs or build new youth
programs. This 4-H Program of Distinction with strong research results is the
centerpiece of Colorado’s New Communities CYFAR project.
Dear Neighbors: Linking Families Who Care with Families Facing Heartbreak
Charles A. Smith, Kansas State University
Families experiencing heartbreak cannot face dispiriting adversity alone. In this session
we will examine how the good will of a community can be harnessed and put to good
work in a volunteer Dear Neighbors program involving a potential collaboration between
Extension, clergy, local Red Cross chapters, and hospital chaplains. Participants will
also learn about the web-based Dear Neighbors: A Course on Helping.
Learning to Grow: Successful Strategies Linking Families and Resources
Grace F. Fong, Mary Ann Nemoto, Traci Hisatake, Lori Furoyama, Ann Tom, and
Sylvia Yuen, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Strategies to link families with resources to enhance the quality of their children's early
learning experiences and care include having: a qualified and dedicated team, quality
materials that support parents as children's first teachers, a strong foundation of
public/private collaboration, and built-in incentives for families and partners. The role
of each element in creating effective, sustainable programs is discussed.
Parenting Stress Among U.S. Army Spouses: Implications for Support Services During
R. Blaine Everson, The Mary Lou Fraser Foundation for Families
Carol A. Darling, Florida State University
As a result of the recent involvement of U.S. military personnel in combat in both
Afghanistan and Iraq, the spouses and families of service members have experienced
more frequent, lengthy, and stressful separations due to deployments. The absence of
the service member has resulted in various levels of family and parenting stress at
different times during the period of deployment. Using the ABC-X model from family
stress and resiliency theory, the purpose of this investigation was to determine the role
of length of deployment and number of children on various dimensions of parenting
Responding to Families During Times of Stress: An Emergency Toolkit for Educators
Judy H. Branch, University of Vermont
Jackie Davis-Manigaulte, Cornell University Cooperative Extension
Karen DeBord, North Carolina State University
H. Wallace Goddard, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension
Anna-Mae Kobbe, USDA/CSREES
Joseph J. Maiorano, Ohio State University Extension, Jefferson and Harrison Counties
June P. Mead, Cornell University
Geraldine G. Peeples, University of Illinois Extension
Barbara D. Petty, University of Idaho
In the wake of the devastation caused by the Gulf Coast hurricanes, millions of people
are continuing to struggle with their aftermath and the unprecedented challenges to
rebuild their lives. This workshop provides both a forum for discussing the role of
Extension in disaster relief. Workshop participants will receive an “emergency toolkit”
of resources aimed at helping parent educators respond to families during times of
Strategies of Parenting: Focusing on Feelings, Personality and Self Esteem
Diane T. Miller, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension
A Georgia Association of Extension Family and Consumer Sciences State award
winning program, Strategies in Parenting: Focusing on Feelings, "Personality and Self-
Esteem" provides information on the relationship between personality and self-esteem.
The program, with PowerPoint and activities, is useful for a parent or staff education
program enhancing their interaction with children in their care.
The Strengths and Stressors Tracking Device: A Tool to Assess the Well-being of Kinship
Caregivers and the Children in their Care
Kevin Blair and David B. Taylor, Niagara University
This hands-on, interactive workshop will introduce participants to the Strengths and
Stressors Tracking Device as a tool for measuring the well-being of kinship caregivers
and the children in their care. This active learning exercise will reveal the many
dimensions that comprise family and children well-being. The session is targeted
toward parents, caregivers, and anyone working with children and families at-risk.
Travel Guides for the Parenting Journey
H. Wallace Goddard, James P. Marshall, and Lindsey Underwood, University of
Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
The Parenting Journey is a large format, full color, illustrated map that summarizes the
key elements of parenting in only 1,000 words. The 19 tips for parents included in the
map are organized into six communities based on the National Extension Parent
Education Model. We will be showcasing Travel Guides that are available to use in
conjunction with The Parenting Journey.
UNL for Families: A Grass Roots Strategy for
Kathleen Lodl, Gail Brand, Catherine Johnston, and Lee Sherry, University of Nebraska-
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) for Families is a grass-roots program designed to
strengthen families by increasing the six strengths identified in the Family Strengths
Model (DeFrain & Stinnett, 2002). Workshop participants will learn the process for
developing, delivering, and sustaining local-level family strengthening programs in
their community. In addition, curriculum and other educational tools will be shared.
Using Film and TV to Teach Family Life & Youth Development
Susan K. Walker and Jennifer Fairbourn, University of Maryland
Mike Fleming, University of Northern Iowa
Reaching adults and youth with engaging and effective ways to learn about family life
and human development topics can be a challenge. One method is to incorporate
popular films and television programs. This workshop session invites participants to
learn about how popular film and television can effectively be used to teach family life
concepts, and share their experiences with specific film ideas. The session will offer the
example of using the film, Mean Girls to teach about relational aggression in youth.
What's New With Teens and Their Families? Research Updates for Professionals
Jodi Dworkin, University of Minnesota
Colleen Gengler, University of Minnesota Extension Service
Organizations that work with families are experiencing budget cuts and staff are asked
to take on more responsibilities with less support. To increase support, the Minnesota
Extension Service has developed a model for providing professional development
opportunities face-to-face and online. In this presentation, we highlight the first
research update; consider content, process, online delivery, evaluation, our learning and
Building and Sustaining Partnerships Across Differences
Karen L. Pace and Janet R. Olsen, Michigan State University Extension
Too often young people from diverse backgrounds are involved in short-term or grant-
funded programs, and their involvement in 4-H and other youth development
organizations is not sustained over time. This session focuses on strategies for building
and sustaining partnerships across differences in order to be more engaged in long-term
community youth development efforts that support youth living in high-risk situations.
Constructing Local Support for Geographically Dispersed Soldiers and their Families
Sarah R. Jones, Army Reserve Child & Youth Services, Kansas City, Kansas
Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers and their families live in communities
across the country. Virtually every community has residents who are managing
deployments of family members. Transitioning from “civilian” to “military”,
accompanied by the separation from a loved one, is difficult for the entire family. Learn
how you can strengthen military children, youth and families in your community.
Eating and Moving for Life
Easter Tucker, Terrie James, Keith Cleek, Trisha Echols, and Tracia Tinzie, University of
Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
The Eating & Moving for Life program is a dietary intervention to reduce the risk of
hypertension, diabetes, and other nutrition related chronic diseases in minority
populations. Those attending session will have an opportunity to view data, curricula,
and dialogue with those conducting the program and hear about lessons learned.
Evaluation of Youth Development Programs: Developing a Logic Model
Elayne Dorsey, Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development
While research confirms that involving youth in community building efforts is an
effective youth development strategy, many local organizations and Extension offices
are facing mounting pressure to demonstrate that their programs really do make a
difference in the lives of the young people they serve. In this hands-on workshop,
participants will learn the concept of logic modeling as a key component to the
evaluation process. Developing a logic model is an excellent way to identify a
program’s short- and long-term goals, as well as the steps needed to achieve those
goals. The workshop will focus specifically on involving young people in the logic
Examination and Nature of Community Collaboration
Barbara Board and Clyde F. Jackson, Virginia Cooperative Extension
Collaboration is an effective approach to addressing complex issues with multiple
parties. The predominant research focus has been on advocacy, leaving a void
concerning the processes and behaviors involved in establishing community
collaboration. In this workshop, the presenters will share research findings that have
practical implications of how Extension Leadership Councils and other advisory
groups' involvement can occur in community programming. Information shared
during the workshop will contribute to the body of knowledge that speaks to the role
that human service providers’ play in addressing collaboration related issues.
eXtension: A Work in Progress
Dan Cotton, Kevin Gamble, and Terry Meisenbach, eXtension, Cooperative Extension
eXtension is in the midst of its 3-year implementation plan. Communities of Practice
(CoPs) are at work to aggregate, develop and deliver “best-of-the-best” programs and
services for Communities of Interest (CoIs). Technical infrastructure supports
collaboration, marketing efforts focus on customer needs, and CoPs are pursuing fund
raising opportunities. Join us to learn how you can participate in eXtension.
Hispanic Immigrants: Creative Ways to Build Community Capacity
Beth Fleming and Jeff Macomber, Iowa State University Extension
Rosa Morales De Gonzalez, Perry L.I.N.K., New Communities Project
How do rural communities adapt and thrive on changes brought by immigration?
Learn how a small-town, community collaboration found ways to identify immigrant
strengths and traditions as ways to increase citizen participation; utilize music and art
as cultural learning opportunities for youth and parents; and design a travel seminar to
build understanding about immigrant issues.
Identifying Essential Elements of Positive Youth Developmental Settings Through Youth
Richard P. Enfield and Marianne Bird, University of California Cooperative Extension
Katherine Heck and Patsy Eubanks Owens, University of California, Davis
How do we learn about the lives of youth in programs and communities and whether
programs contain elements of positive youth developmental settings?
A youth photographic survey was used to document places, programs, people, and
activities supportive of their development. Using this "notebook" as a model, this
workshop explores how to design a similar instrument, gather information, and
Jazz Up Your Community and Program with the Dynamic Duo of Service Learning
Janet Fox and Debbie Hurlbert, Louisiana State University
Kim Jones, Louisiana State University Extension, Iberville Parish
Abby Gauthreaux, Louisiana State University Extension, Washington Parish
Are you looking to jazz up your community? Is your program singing the blues? For a
show stumping event, participants will sing all about this interactive workshop jammed
with notable components including service-learning research, high quality service-
learning components, successful service-learning programs and an ensemble of
resources to create a jazzy, dynamic duo of service-learning benefiting your community
My Own Backyard
Sandee Umbach, Washington Community Arts and Cultural Center
Barton Christner, Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension
My Own Backyard programs bring youth and communities together; highlighting a
"sense of place" through artistic expression in poetry, visual art, and technology.
Participants will learn how students in underprivileged areas can be encouraged to find
the creative beauty in their everyday surroundings, and to express and integrate their
thoughts on their own neighborhood's unique history, traditions, people, and places.
Social Capital: Tools for Community
Doreen Hauser-Lindstrom and Lori Northcott, Washington State University
Lynette Flage, North Dakota State University Extension
Jody Horntvedt, University of Minnesota Extension Service
Social capital takes many different forms. Wherever you find people coming together,
building relationships, or networking to get things done ~ there you will see social
capital at work improving your community. Learn more about it in this workshop
where we will focus on a brief look at some of the latest research on social capital which
has shaped our work with communities in Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington
State; examples of assessment tools, educational materials and evaluation methods for
engaging people in focusing on social capital; and highlights of our work which have
led to increased community engagement and improved decision making!
The Roadmap to a Successful Community-Build Playspace Project
Hanh M. Le and Damien Heath, KaBOOM!
This informational, motivational and interactive session will take participants on an
exciting ride along the roadmap to a community-build playspace project. Along the
way to a great place to play, we'll introduce the important players and their roles in a
community-build project. We will also feature folks who have already successfully
traveled along the roadmap and created great places to play and stronger communities.
Trust and Transformation: Sustaining Extension Relationship in New Wisconsin Communities
Matt Calvert and Mary Thiry, University of Wisconsin-Extension
Jean Berger, University of Wisconsin-Extension Marathon County
Through our partnerships with Hmong and African-American communities,
Wisconsin’s CYFAR sites have learned about creating trusting relationships. We discuss
ways in which we are still learning about what makes partnerships work. Project staff
share practical examples of how core Cooperative Extension methods like club
development and working through community youth and adult leaders build trust of
Extension in new communities.
Using Technology in Community Programs
Floyd Davenport, Iowa State University
Trudy Dunham, University of Minnesota
Come and share your experiences and successes in using information technology and
learn how other CYFAR programs are using technology. This workshop is for state and
program staff interested in using technology in their community programs. We will
plan future technology training events, discuss the use of technology, and cover the
results of our community technology assessment.
Voz de la Familia: Building Strong Self Sufficient Families in Rural Georgia
Debbie Purvis, Luz Cooper, Marilyn Perez, University of Georgia Colquitt County
Sharon Gibson, University of Georgia
Voz de la Familia is a comprehensive family centered community outreach program
designed to help Latino farm worker families improve their quality of life. Information
will be shared how Extension has secured resources and developed a network to deliver
education through 4-H after-school programming, home-based learning, farm worker
camp programs, family workshops, and community leadership programs.