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

Purpose:
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:
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 Gaston.6@osu.edu by February 20.

Follow this link for agenda.
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.

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

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

The Summit on Extension in Ohio’s Urban Communities event will take place January 29, 2020 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus, Ohio, following the OSU Sesquicentennial Think Beyond Summit, Urban Universities, Thriving Communities on January 28, 2020. The purpose is 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 this event?

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

Follow this link to learn more.
Follow this link to register.

Stark County 4-H STEM Engages 650 Youth

In Stark County, 4-H STEM activities were the focus in school, out of school, at a housing community, and with other youth-serving organizations. David Crawford, 4-H Educator, reports more than 650 youth participated in STEM programs (during the 2019 calendar year) that included Chick Quest, 10-minute science activities, and Rockets Away. In addition to increasing their subject-area knowledge, students developed an understanding of a wide variety of STEM careers. Both adult and teen volunteers were trained to facilitate activities. Eleven teens learned how to teach the Chick Quest curriculum at the Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility. The training led Indian River administrators to request more 4-H involvement at the facility with additional STEM activities, 4-H Pet Pals visits, and career education. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Ohio 4-H Youth Development 

How Pittsburgh Made Progress Bridging the Opportunity Gap with Summer Programs

What began as a project of five cities in 2011 to research whether summer learning programs that offer a mix of academic instruction and enrichment opportunities can boost success in school quickly turned into a commitment to understand and improve the role that summer learning plays in closing the opportunity gap for students. One of the five cities selected to participate in the Wallace Foundation’s National Summer Learning Project was Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2011, the City of Pittsburgh had over 23 percent of its residents living at or below the poverty level, many of whom were low-income students attending Pittsburgh Public Schools. For some students, just attending school can be overwhelming, but layering on issues of hunger, homelessness, violence, and inequitable learning opportunities presents new challenges that low-income students are forced to overcome. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Cities Speak

NUEL December 2019 Steering Committee Update

Julie Fox participated in the National Urban Extension Leaders Steering Committee meetings last week and has shared these thoughts from the committee conversations.

Ohio State University Extension is not alone in:

  • working through what “urban” means for Extension as our states continue to address the scale, diversity, and complexity in our metro areas.
  • sharing the message of it’s not urban or rural, it’s both and …
  • addressing urban (and urban/rural) issues related to water, food systems, youth development, health, civil dialogue, etc
  • understanding that issues transcend city and county boundaries
  • exploring CITY support for urban Extension – in addition to COUNTY support
  • recognizing our responsibility to provide public value in our states (urban location and diversity of residents)
  • acknowledging that many counties have urban, suburban, and rural influence
  • discussing individual behavior change and community level change through PSE and collective impact
  • considering what’s uniquely urban about Extension in densely populated communities
    • positioning (awareness and accessibility – location/s, communications, etc.)
    • programs (audiences – relevance and impacts),
    • personnel (capacity, diversity, alignment)
    • partnerships (connection and reach)

For Your Calendars:

  • NUEL NC Regional Caucus Meeting, May 2020 in Madison, WI
  • National Urban Extension Conference, Atlantic City, NJ on May 17-20, 2021 at Bally (+NYC), Themes include Rural, Suburban, Urban

Please contact Julie if you have questions. fox.264@osu.edu

How Akron Made Space for Entrepreneurs

At City Summit 2018, 50 cities committed to new initiatives to support their innovation economies. NLC’s City Innovation Ecosystems program collects and tracks these commitments in order to showcase successes, identify best practices, and connect peer cities who can learn together. One city highlighted is Akron, Ohio. In the beginning of the 20th century, Akron’s economy seemed invincible. The town was home to all four of the world’s leading producers of tires, lending it the nickname “The Rubber City.” Collectively, the city produced 80 percent of tires used in the U.S. and was at the forefront of a booming, and at the time, highly innovative sector. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Cities Speak

Alliance for the American Dream Presentations

The Ohio State Alliance Pitch to the Community is a chance to learn more about their top teams and their ideas to foster true social mobility, true equality of opportunity, and a true middle class that is attainable and sustainable. The event will be held Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: The Alliance for the American Dream