Strengthening Hamilton County 4-H: By Tony Staubach

The most powerful leaders are those who can exercise humility. This past month I was at a conference at The Ohio State University for Urban Serving Universities. The messages from all the speakers were robust and powerful but none more than a panel I attended on issues of poverty, race, class, and discrimination in our education system. The leaders on this panel all had different perspectives and views, but no one could deny the reality that humbling one’s self and exercising humility did the most to foster a mutually respectful and academically successful system.

My own experiences mirror this realization. As an educator I have found that bonds between the student and teacher should never be forged as a hierarchy. Rather the success of the student and teacher are linked in the ability to be vulnerable with each other. To share perspectives and thoughts. This great success has been modeled throughout history and is often replicated in higher education. It is not a mentor role (thought that does happen), it is not rooted in paternalism. It is a true bond of teacher and student. The reality is that we are all teachers and students at different times in our lives.

It isn’t a secret that I have learned a great deal from my students, I have probably learned more from them than they have ever learned from me. To teach is to love success. I am thankful every day for the amazing work of teachers, but also of the 4-H advisors, volunteers, and parents who humble themselves and exercise humility in their attempt to serve our youth as positive adult role models who foster a culture of success and service.

Thanks,
Tony Staubach

Learn more about Hamilton County Extension Below:

Partner Highlights:

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County:
The public is invited to take part in a series of free workshops on the ins and outs of being a landlord. This nationally recognized program discusses crucial issues related to managing a rental property. Topics discussed at each training include applicant screening and avoiding fair housing issues, crisis resolution and the eviction process, property maintenance and working with Code Enforcement, and the importance of a preventive maintenance schedule, fire safety and prevention.

Dates and locations:
Wednesday, February 26th, 9am-2pm: Main Library
Monday, March 9th, 6-9pm: Main Library
Wednesday, March 11th, 6-9pm: Main Library
Saturday, April 18th, 10am-3pm: Clifton Branch
Friday, May 15th, 10am-3pm: Corryville Branch
Tuesday, August 18th, 3-6pm: Pleasant Ridge Branch
Thursday, August 20th, 3-6pm: Pleasant Ridge Branch
Monday, September 21st, 6-9pm: Main Library
Wednesday, September 23rd, 6-9pm: Main Library
Saturday, October 17th, 10am-3pm: Corryville Branch
Monday, November 16th, 1-6pm: Oakley Branch

Follow this link to learn more.

Cincinnati Museum Center:
Grab your lunch and join us! Our popular Brown Bag Lecture Series take place at the Forest Park Senior Center. With an emphasis on Cincinnati history, these informative and exciting lectures will inspire you to be more curious about the community around you.

Brown Bag lectures are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, but space is limited.
Lectures all take place at the Forest Park Senior Center, located at 11555 Winton Road, Cincinnati, Ohio. Lectures run from noon to 1 p.m. on the third Friday of the month.

2020 Lecture schedule:
February 21: Union Terminal
March 20: Cincinnati and the Presidents
April 17: Up & Away to Mt. Auburn
May 15: Emery Family Legacy
June 19: USS Cincinnati Commissioning Foundation
July 17: The Cincinnati Story, 1788 to 1925
September 18: Cincinnati and the Miami & Erie Canal
October 16: Historic Hauntings
November 20: Industries that Built the Queen City
December 18: Architecture – The Art Deco Era – 1920 to 1940

Follow this link to learn more.

Hamilton County Farm Bureau:
Hamilton County Farm Bureau has multiple scholarship opportunities for students pursuing post-secondary education including FFA students.

Application Deadlines:
• Active Member Agricultural Scholarship – April 1, 2020
• Community Member Agricultural Scholarship – April 1, 2020
• FFA Scholarship – April 1, 2020
If you have any questions, contact 513-831-5870 or via email at hamilton@ofbf.org.

Hamilton County Community Fair: 
Thank you must continue to be extended to the Hamilton County Community Fair for their ongoing support of Hamilton County 4-H. Hamilton County 4-H has removed the county wide membership fee. 4-H members interesting in exhibiting at the Community Fair will have the choice to purchase a Community Fair membership which will admit them to the fair every day and provide them with other benefits throughout the year. Be on the look out for more info soon!

Volunteer Needs:
Looking to volunteer with Hamilton County 4-H? We are looking for adults to serve as club advisors at our afterschool sites.

Follow this link to learn more about the job description.

Chick Quest:
It’s that time of the year. Classroom Teachers can sign up for ChickQuest. This year we are asking for a $25 donation (or whatever you can afford) to support the program payable by cash, Credit Card or Check to OSU Extension, Hamilton County. The basic kit includes, eggs, incubator, teacher manual, a cardboard brooder box, and a light. Workbooks for students cost $5 each or $50 for 25 books. Eggs will go out the first Wednesday of each month beginning in February and continuing through April.

Follow this link to learn more or to sign up.

Donate:
Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Nancy and Colonel David Bull, we can enhance the impact of the 4-H program for generations of youth to come through the establishment of an endowment to be used exclusively for 4-H programming in Hamilton County. Nancy and David Bull have a deep sense of the community of philanthropy. They would like to leverage their gift of $50,000, half the amount needed to fund the $100,000 endowment, as a challenge gift to other donors who are interested in establishing support of Hamilton County 4-H. Their gift will match dollar-for-dollar to the first $50,000 raised to establish the Hamilton County 4-H Endowment.

Follow this link to learn how you can donate.

Events:

Follow this link to view the Hamilton County 4-H 2020 Calendar.

Auricle courtesy of Tony Staubach, Extension Educator 4-H Youth Development, Hamilton County 

Food Security & Healthy Communities Panel Discussion

Last month, CURA hosted a panel discussion on Food Security & Healthy Communities. This was the first in a series of events centered around the theme of Food Security & Healthy Communities. The panel consists of experts from the City of Columbus – Cheryl L Graffagnino, Franklin County – Brian Estabrook, OSU Extension – Karima Samadi, and the College of Engineering, Knowlton School of Architecture – Kareem Usher.

Nearly 11% of the world’s population are food insecure or malnourished, and it may get worse: by 2050 farmers will need to produce almost 60% more food than currently. In Franklin County Ohio food insecurity is affecting Columbus neighborhoods. The type of food that is available to residents in these neighborhoods also plays into food insecurity. People who live in areas that do not have easy access to supermarkets tend to rely on stores that sell nutritionally-deficient or more expensive food. Transportation services, sidewalks, and the availability of crosswalks are also variables in residents’ access to healthy food options.

Follow this link to learn more.
Follow this link to watch the recorded panel discussion.

Sourced from: CURA

Making a Difference Through Family and Consumer Sciences

Celebrating Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Day on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS): the field of study focused on the science and art of living and working well in our complex world.

Family and Consumer Sciences Educators: career title of individuals most often found working in secondary, post-secondary, and Extension programs.

Who should celebrate Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Day?
Anyone who wants to:

  • celebrate Family and Consumer Sciences Educators
  • share the story of FCS education’s relevance in today’s society, and effectiveness in addressing modern life needs within our United States
  • encourage students to consider careers as FCS educators

I am a Family and Consumer Sciences educator in an urban county. In many ways my programming looks similar to my colleagues in rural counties but there are some differences. While I feel self-conscious about taking a day to promote my work, I’m starting to understand the importance of FCS Educator Day. When I look at the inspiring work that my colleagues are doing across the state, in urban, rural, and suburban communities I realize that it’s a wonderful opportunity to highlight the stories and work of FCS Educators.

The theme for promoting FCS careers is: Making a Difference Through Family and Consumer Sciences. I’m confident my FCS colleagues would be making a difference, no matter what their field of work. When I think about this group of individual professionals, working in different communities across the state, there are notable commonalities. One specific trait I notice in my peers is that every one of us is a Problem Solver. We certainly don’t look at everything the same way, act in the same way, or solve problems in the same way; but I cannot think of an example when my colleagues weren’t willing to jump in and help create solutions. The problem solving is not limited to just offering advice. My colleagues actively help work on and contribute to solutions.

Occasionally, challenges are easily identified and then fixed. More often, especially when working with people and families, there is no one right answer. Sometimes it’s even difficult to determine the specific dilemma. Most solutions take time and require dedication and effort. My colleagues don’t shy away from a challenge. Because we work in various counties across the state, most of us do not see one another on a regular basis. We rely on technology to call, zoom, and share resources. Even without working together in the same physical space, FCS educators often work as teams and therefor are good at co-creating solutions.

For FCS Educator Day,

  • If you are a problem solver and you’re considering your best career path, learn more about Family and Consumer Sciences. It’s a field of study that benefits a variety of careers.
  • If you are reading this and thinking, “I know an FCS Educator,” take a moment to let them know what you appreciate about them. If someone is comfortable being in the spotlight, please share their story widely. If someone prefers working in the background, it’s a good time to recognize what they contribute to this field. Send a note, post a message, or share a picture of the professionals that contribute to strong families and communities.
  • If you are reading this and thinking, “I wish I knew an FCS Educator” check out your local schools and Extension office. Occasionally, FCS is not given the recognition it deserves. While FCS Educators could be spending more time promoting the work they do, my guess is that most of my peers will spend FCS Educator Day, similar to other workdays. They will be building a better community, working with one person, family, or class at a time and not necessarily seeking accolades.

Follow this link to learn more about FCS Educator Day.

Article courtesy of Patrice Powers-Barker, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Lucas County, Ohio

FCS

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.

Think Beyond Summit: Urban Universities + Thriving Communities

Urban Universities + Thriving Communities Communities flourish when everyone within them has the opportunity to flourish.

 

 

Communities flourish when everyone within them has the opportunity to flourish. When urban-serving universities and communities join forces, we can confront the complexities of education, healthcare, economic, and human development in order to:

  • Prepare an increasingly diverse workforce to successfully navigate careers through technological, economic, and social change.
  • Assess, treat, and prevent urban health risks for increasingly diverse populations.
  • Create sustainable solutions for continued and inclusive growth that improve the quality of life in our communities.

Join educators, industry, nonprofit, and community leaders at The Ohio State University on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST in the Ohio Union to exchange ideas and reinvigorate the collective efforts toward strengthening and sustaining vibrant, inclusive communities. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: The Ohio State University 

Registration is Open for the 2019 Ohio Food Policy Summit

Join Ohio Food Policy Network for the 9th Annual Ohio Food Policy Summit on Monday, October 28, 2019 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, hosted by the Ohio Food Policy Network and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. The Summit will kick-off with a morning workshop “Redesigning the Table: Using Equity and Systems for Collective Action,” which will be led by Johns Hopkins University’s Food Policy Network that is intended to strengthen and equip Ohio’s local food policy councils. This workshop is designed for members of local food policy councils, but anyone interested is welcome to register and attend.
Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Ohio Food Policy Network

2019 World Food Day Flash Talk

The Ohio State University Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), the Sustainability Institute (SI), University Libraries, and the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) are hosting Food Flash Talks on October 17, 2019, as a part of a series of events for World Food Day. In keeping with World Food Day’s aim to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all, they are looking for speakers who are currently doing research or programming on the environmental, social, political, and/or economic components of food production, access, and distribution. Each flash talk presenter will have 7 minutes to provide a compelling overview of their work to an audience of students, fellow researchers and members of the general public. Open for students, staff, and faculty to submit a proposal until September 20.
Follow this link to submit a proposal.

Sourced from: CFAES

Urban Air Quality: A Global Health Crisis Panel Discussion

Air Quality is quickly becoming a global health crisis, especially in highly urbanized areas. Urban air pollution depends on many factors, ranging from meteorological conditions to geographic factors. The panel, moderated by Harvey Miller, PhD, Director, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, consists of experts in urban air quality who will share new insights. The panel discussion will take place Friday, September 6, 2019 from 12-1 p.m. on Ohio State campus – Thompson Library, Room 165. This event is free and open to the public, RSVP appreciated. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: CURA