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White, Alison J.; Scanga, Lauren H. – Journal of Extension, 2019
Extension personnel are tasked with ensuring that 4-H volunteers have competencies identified in the Volunteer Research and Knowledge Competency (VRKC) Taxonomy, 4-H youth development's foundational volunteer skills framework. The VRKC Codebook is a qualitative analysis tool for accurately identifying VRKC-aligned needs expressed in volunteer…
Descriptors: Volunteers, Youth Programs, Extension Education, Volunteer Training
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Page, Christopher S.; Kern, Michael A. – Journal of Extension, 2018
Declining government funding for higher education requires colleges and universities to seek alternative revenue streams, including through philanthropic fund-raising. Extension-based subject matter centers and other programs can benefit from the thoughtful supplementation of traditional revenue sources with individual, corporate, and private…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Program Development, Educational Finance, Private Financial Support
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Gaolach, Brad; Aitken, Martha; Gromko, Anthony – Journal of Extension, 2018
Washington State University (WSU) is redefining how Extension works in urban areas. Its Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension (Metro Center) engages nontraditional Extension audiences using an innovative business model that focuses on short-term projects instead of long-term programs. Outcome-driven, client-centered, and…
Descriptors: Universities, Urban Areas, Extension Education, Audiences
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Brandt, Brian; Stowe, James – Journal of Extension, 2017
Most 4-H judging events involve livestock or other traditional 4-H projects. Consequently, many urban and suburban youths miss out on building life skills developed through judging. In a nontraditional approach to 4-H judging, such youths play board, dice, and card games and then judge the games using the practice of giving oral reasons. The…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Youth Opportunities, Skill Development, Urban Youth
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Smith, Suzanne R.; Wright, Kevin; Hrncirik, Lauren; Deen, Mary Katherine Y. – Journal of Extension, 2017
University faculty and Extension educators sought to use school gardens in Burundi, Africa, as a means of reducing food insecurity, teaching positive youth development, and increasing experiential learning for Burundian students. Washington State University personnel used videoconferencing to provide training to Burundian nongovernmental…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Extension Education, Gardening, Food
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Chalker-Scott, Linda; Daniels, Catherine H.; Martini, Nicole – Journal of Extension, 2016
The Garden Team at Washington State University is a transdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and students with expertise in applied plant and soil sciences and an interest in Extension education. The team's primary mission is to create current, relevant, and peer-reviewed materials as Extension publications for home gardeners. The average yearly…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Interdisciplinary Approach, Extension Education, Soil Science
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McMoran, Don – Journal of Extension, 2016
Extension serves an increasingly diverse community, with a number of program participants being new farmers, minority farmers, and low-income farmers. Since the 1980s, Washington State University Skagit County Extension has provided a tractor safety course to older youth farmers, aged 12 to 15. In 2010, a nonprofit farm incubator showed interest…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Agricultural Occupations, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Motor Vehicles
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Andreas, Jennifer E.; Halpern, Alison D.; DesCamp, Wendy C.; Miller, Timothy W. – Journal of Extension, 2015
Early detection, rapid response is a critical component of invasive plant management. It can be challenging, however, to detect new invaders before they become established if landowners cannot identify species of concern. In order to increase awareness, eye-catching postcards were developed in Washington State as part of a noxious weed educational…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Agricultural Education, Educational Methods, Consciousness Raising
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Zobrist, Kevin W. – Journal of Extension, 2014
Asynchronous online Extension classes can reach a wide audience, is convenient for the learner, and minimizes ongoing demands on instructor time. However, producing such classes takes significant effort up front. Advance planning and good communication with contributors are essential to success. Considerations include delivery platforms, content…
Descriptors: Asynchronous Communication, Online Courses, Extension Education, Program Development
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Anderson-Wilk, Mark; Rollins, Dora; Ginsburg, Ariel; Noel, Diane – Journal of Extension, 2014
The Extension services of Washington State University, Oregon State University, and the University of Idaho established Pacific Northwest Extension Publishing (PNW Publishing) in 1946 as a mechanism of regional cooperation and cost savings. Other regions followed suit in the decades that followed. Today, PNW Publishing is the last standing…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Regional Programs, Cooperative Programs, Publications
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Roesch, Gabrielle E.; Neuffer, Tamara; Zobrist, Kevin – Journal of Extension, 2013
The Summer Youth Forestry Institute (SYFI) was developed to inspire youth through experiential learning opportunities and early work experience in the field of natural resources. Declining enrollments in forestry and other natural resource careers has made it necessary to actively engage youth and provide them with exposure to careers in these…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Summer Programs, Extension Education, Forestry
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Braverman, Marc T.; Franz, Nancy K.; Rennekamp, Roger A. – Journal of Extension, 2012
Extension is experiencing a trend toward closer alignment of its programs serving families and youth, notably Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development. Projects are more multidisciplinary and comprehensive than in the past, and, in many states, FCS and 4-HYD are also becoming more administratively integrated. Several reasons for this…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Youth Programs, Extension Agents, Budgets
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Stevenson, Jill L.; Moore, Dale A.; Newman, Jerry; Schmidt, Janet L.; Smith, Sarah M.; Smith, Jean; Kerr, Susan; Wallace, Michael; BoyEs, Pat – Journal of Extension, 2011
4-H livestock projects present disease transmission risks that can be reduced by the use of bio-security practices. The responsibility of teaching bio-security to youth belongs primarily to volunteer leaders, who may not be aware of the importance of these practices. A needs assessment for an online educational module about bio-security revealed…
Descriptors: Animals, Needs Assessment, Online Courses, Diseases