Denver Uses Data to Improve Youth Outcomes in Afterschool

As the number of cities building citywide afterschool systems continues to grow, a new report, “Using Data to Strengthen Afterschool Planning, Management, and Strategy” from The Wallace Foundation examines eight cities that established a management information system (MIS) to design and support the use of data in afterschool programs; including Denver, Colorado. The National League of Cities (NLC) spoke with Maxine Quintana, the Director of Out-of-School-Time Initiatives for the city and county of Denver, Colorado. Quintana supports the Denver Afterschool Alliance (DAA), the citywide intermediary working to increase access to quality afterschool programs. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Cities Speak.

“Urban Village” Districts Borrow from Past to Shape the Future in Montgomery County

Springboro’s 62-acre city center is the latest place in the area to become a new “urban village.” Beginning on February 2, the area is to be redeveloped using standards established in meetings over the last four months and intended to make it once again a central place where people will come to shop, eat, walk, and gather for special events. The urban village concept also underlies plans to redevelop the former location of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, as well as the Dayton Mall area and other projects around the region. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Dayton Daily News.

Strengthen Ohio by Strengthening Cities and Urban-Rural Connections: Summit on Extension in Ohio’s Urban Communities

Summit on Extension in Ohio’s Urban Communities:
“Strengthen Ohio by Strengthening Cities and Urban-Rural Connections” will be held at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus, Wednesday, January 29, 2020

To better understand and address:

  • Real-life context of Extension work in urban communities (scale, diversity, complexity, urban-rural interface);
  • Alignment with the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Framework and Integration with university, college, and other converging interests;
  • OSU Extension’s strategies to be relevant locally, responsive statewide, recognized nationally; and
  • Strengthen Ohio by strengthening cities and urban-rural connections.

Who Should Attend?
The event is open to everyone interested in how OSU Extension can better address Ohio’s urban influence and urban-rural interface.

Registration is $20 (includes morning refreshment and lunch). Please register by January 20. The registration fee will be waived if a short article and photo for the OSU Extension in the City blog are submitted to Michelle by February 20.

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Follow this link to register.

The Urban Engagement Team would also like to extend an invitation join them for dinner following OSU Sesquicentennial Think Beyond Summit, Urban Universities, Thriving Communities on January 28, 2020.

Support for Hamilton County 4-H Showcased at the Annual Hamilton County 4-H Awards Banquet

On Sunday, January 12, 2020 4-H volunteers, members and supporters gathered for the annual Hamilton County 4-H Awards Banquet to recognize the outstanding achievements of the 4-H youth. Presented by the Hamilton County Community Fair Association at Miami Whitewater United Methodist Church the event was hosted by OSU Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Tony Staubach. Dinner was donated by the Hamilton County 4-H families. The highlight of the meal was the farm fresh, locally sourced chicken by the Roell and Tumlin families. Together they cared for 70+ chicks that 4-H members hatched at the Hamilton County Community Fair and the Harvest Home Fair. Following Dinner OSU Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Tony Staubach read his original work titled “Walk On” reminding attendees that they were on a good path to success through 4-H.
Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Hamilton County Extension.

Baltimore and Lyft Partner to Bridge Urban Food Deserts

Many residents in Baltimore low-income areas suffer from inadequate access to healthy food options, but a new partnership between the city and rideshare company Lyft could soon change that dynamic. The city has formed a partnership with the ride-hailing company and community groups to launch a pilot project in Baltimore in two parts of the city known for having poor access to quality grocery stores — areas known as “food deserts.” The six-month pilots in South and West Baltimore will provide eight rides a month to area grocery stores for 200 qualifying residents until April 30, 2020. The rides can be accessed via the Lyft app and will cost a flat rate of $2.50 each. The goal is “to put the money back in the pocket of residents to go buy healthy food,” said Holly Freishtat, food policy director in Baltimore, which heads up the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Government Technology

Program Success Example: Urban Land Institute Award Winner

The Columbus affiliate of the Urban Land Institute recently conferred its 2019 Community Impact Award on the Weinland Park Collaborative (WPC) for its work over the past decade to transform the Weinland Park neighborhood. Weinland Park has evolved from a distressed, low-income neighborhood with one of the highest violent crime rates in the city into a mixed-income neighborhood that has experienced its first population increase in almost 70 years. Weinland Park is no longer a “hot spot” for infant mortality, and Weinland Park Elementary School has been removed from “priority” status by the state. OSU Extension in the University District has been a key, on-the-ground partner in the WPC from its inception. Extension, Campus Partners, the College of Education and Human Ecology and its Schoenbaum Family Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, Wexner Medical Center and its Moms2B program, Knowlton School of Architecture, and College of Social Work have represented Ohio State in the WPC. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Weinland Park Collaborative.

The Power of Place-Based Legacies in Advancing Reengagement with Community

The degree to which urban and metropolitan colleges and universities can have a positive impact on their respective communities is heavily influenced by the nature and extent of their connectedness to, and alignment with, civic need. Drawn from the experiences and outcomes of the College of Staten Island’s Legacy Trilogy initiative, a comprehensive educational and community engagement campaign exploring and leveraging the college’s Legacy of Institution, Legacy of Place, and Legacy of Mission, this article proposes that higher education institutions can increase connectedness and alignment with their surrounding metropolises by embracing their deep and intricate social and economic place-based histories. Engaging with legacy in this uniquely personal and purposeful way can not only give more meaningful shape and added dimension to institutional identity, it can also empower colleges and universities to become more impactful to the communities they serve. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Metropolitan Universities Journal


2020 ExploreAg Camp Dates Announced

Ohio State Extension, Franklin County and the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation are excited to announce the 2020 ExploreAg camps! ExploreAg is a unique FREE camp experience for high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to explore various careers in agriculture. Students will interact with and learn directly from teachers, scientists, and researchers. Subject areas include food science, precision agriculture, animal science, natural resources, management skills, technology, and agricultural business. In addition to the classroom experience, scholars will participate in field experiences that highlight cutting-edge research and meet industry partners to provide a glimpse of various careers in related fields. There will also be sessions focused on soft skills such as interviewing, resume building, and public speaking to prepare participants for the workforce. Follow this link to learn more.

Soured from: Franklin County Extension