Why Urban Matters to Our Future Success

The 2018 National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA) and Cooperative Extension Section (CES) Business Meeting took place the first week of October in Portland Oregon. The group met to conduct business, contribute to national dialogue, and expand knowledge in their leadership roles at national, state, and local levels. An agenda topic featured urban Extension.

Resources of interest from the meeting include:

2018 Biannual National Urban Extension Leaders Meeting

Join colleagues from across the country at the National Urban Extension Leaders biannual network meeting in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Meet to discuss the Urban Extension Implementation Plan as the group explores urban Extension efforts through regional caucuses and action team work. The meeting will be held December 3-5 at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel. Meeting registration is $195 and hotel rooms are $149/night. Follow this link to register for the meeting.

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel – 919-834-9900

Disruptive Innovation: How Washington State University Is Reaching Urban Audiences

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 solution-oriented, the Metro Center works to develop practical, place-based solutions by being a conduit between metropolitan decision makers and WSU faculty expertise across the state. Follow this link to read the complete article as published in the Journal of Extension.

Sourced from the Journal of Extension (JOE)

Where Children Grow Up Matters, Here’s Why

Some neighborhoods lift children out of poverty. Others trap them there.

Using anonymous data following 20 million Americans from childhood to their mid-30s, the Opportunity Atlas is an interactive data tool that shows just how vastly different the future economic prospects of a child can look from one neighborhood to the next. See how your community compares, and what you can do to create healthier, upwardly mobile, and more equitable policies.

Sourced from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Akron Converted an Abandoned Highway into Green Space

More than a half-century ago, the city of Akron, Ohio, built a highway called the Innerbelt into its downtown. Like a lot of freeways created during that era, it destroyed some neighborhoods while cutting off others from the center of the city. This unused freeway has become a pop-up forest and makes it easy to envision turning practically any area into green space. Follow this link to read the complete article.

Sourced from Governing

Webinar: Youth-Adult Partnerships – Leading Community Change

Webinar: Youth-Adult Partnerships – Cultivating Agency in Youth and Adults

Youth are key players in leading community change in collaboration with adults and together they can achieve greater results. Learn how the power of positive youth-adult partnerships facilitate innovative ideas and synergy between teens and adults to create community health improvement.

Date: October 23, 2018,  2:30-3:30 p.m. EDT

Register here: https://extension.zoom.us/j/143393296

Continue the conversation! Join us from 3:30-4 p.m. EDT immediately following the webinar for a facilitated discussion. This is an opportunity to do a deeper dive on the topic of Youth-Adult Partnerships.

This presentation is by Fe Moncloa (University of California) and is part of the WCMER sub-contract work supporting the Well Connected Communities project between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Cooperative Extension Service.

National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Conference Held in Columbus

During the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Conference held in Columbus, Ohio there were a number of sessions addressing urban youth programs as well as an Urban Programming working group meeting. This group compiled a toolkit called Meeting the Needs of Youth in Urban Areas containing resources for others to utilize. Follow this link to check out the toolkit.

To join the urban working group – 4-H educators should go to nae4ha.com, sign-in, navigate to groups, available groups, then click on “+ join group.”

Ohio State’s Kirwan Institute Launches My Brother’s Keeper Statewide Initiative

My Brother’s Keeper Ohio was launched this week with the guidance of The Ohio State University Kirwan Institute. This statewide partnership is committed to the success of boys and young men of color. My Brother’s Keeper nationwide initiative was created by former President Barack Obama in 2014. The focus of the initiative is about improving opportunities for young, minority men. Visit this link for more information on the Kirwan Institute or to read more about the initiative as reported in Ohio State’s The Lantern.