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Upcoming Webinars for July and August

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Creating Effective Living and Workspaces during a Worldwide Pandemic
Time:2:00 pm Eastern

Presenter: Alayne Torretta

Mark your calendar to learn about the trends of downsizing, minimizing, decluttering, and tidying that are sweeping the nation. The results of research studies are in: having too much stuff is overwhelming, stressful, and distracting, yet strangely enough, comforting. During the pandemic, you may have come face to face with the fact that your stuff is overwhelming and creating a chaotic and disorderly living and workspace. How can we as Extension professionals execute effective virtual programs and meet the many deadlines imposed upon us while working from home, raising our families and maintaining our sanity? This seminar will review the literature and science behind clutter and its effects on us. Additionally, we will explore effective strategies for tackling the mountain of stuff that is holding us emotionally hostage.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Volunteer Support during the Changing Times of Covid-19
Time:1:00 pm Eastern

Presenter: Jamie Morris

Volunteers are essential to 4-H programming, even during our recent times of virtual connections and social distancing. Finding ways to support and train volunteers to utilize new strategies or methods to conduct club meetings, engage members in project work or stay connected is a task we are all managing. As we transition to the next new “normal” that may include the use of blended learning or a continuation of virtual connections, now seems the perfect time to network and share our experiences, successes and plans to improve and empower volunteer relations and to avoid reinventing the wheel.
The NAE4-HYDP Professional Development Volunteerism Working Group is proud to host this session designed to provide a forum to share YOUR work in the area of volunteer support during the challenging time of Covid- 19. Presenters representing all regions of 4-H across the states will share trends and data related to topics integral to volunteer engagement and participants will have the opportunity to share work from their local or state program through useful Zoom engagement tools.


Jamie Morris, Keri Hobbs and Harriett Edwards serve as their state's Volunteerism expertise in their respective roles as Extension Specialists focused on Volunteerism, Volunteer Systems and Volunteer Development. All presenters are members of the NAE4-HYDP Professional Development Committee's Volunteerism Working Group and dedicate much of their time to working with and for volunteers in their professional positions.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Passing The Mic: Integrating Storytelling into 4-H Programming
Time:1:00 pm Eastern

Presenter: Maru Gonzalez with Dr. Christy Byrd and Luke Shealy

Storytelling, particularly through the use of podcasts, is a powerful pedagogical tool for inspiring connection and mutual understanding between and across social identity groups and reducing prejudice. When grounded in compassion and trust, storytelling has the potential to cultivate critical reflection, build political efficacy, and drive informed civic engagement among young people. Such a practice is invaluable, as research indicates that youth thrive emotionally, socially, and academically when they feel connected to and supported by their peers and adults, when their perspectives are valued, and when they are encouraged to use their voice to engage in social change. Using North Carolina State University's Extension program and youth-led podcast #PassTheMicYouth as an example, this informative and interactive presentation will illustrate how to integrate various forms of storytelling within 4H -- including through the use of podcasts -- review practical applications and strategies for implementation, and outline implications for practice.

Youth Development

I am an Assistant Professor of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences at North Carolina State University and a Youth Development Specialist focusing on youth civic engagement and storytelling as pedagogy. I have published several articles related to the topic of this webinar and have more than fifteen years of experience working with young people in various capacities. Currently, I am leading an Extension program called #PassTheMicYouth, a youth-led, youth-centered podcast and blog aimed at amplifying youth voices, shining a spotlight on youth activism, and providing youth-serving professionals with resources for developing critical consciousness.

National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals


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