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From: "YCC-Team" <YCC-Team at fourhcouncil_edu>
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Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2000 16:41:48 -0400
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To: State 4-H Leaders, County Extension Offices, Foundation Directors,
National Program Leaders, 4-H Volunteers, Associates of National 4-H
Council, and other professionals in the youth development and education

Youth-Corporate Connections Update            Number 21       April 2000

This Update includes information on programs and grant opportunities
offered by the Youth-Corporate Connections team of National 4-H Council. 
It also includes information from other organizations and agencies that
focus on youth and the four issue areas of the Youth-Corporate
Connections team: workforce preparation, environmental stewardship,
health, wellness, and safety and sustainable communities.


1) Two Youth Grants Available - Applications Due June 9, 2000
2) Notice: Still Accepting Applications for Upcoming Community ATV Safety
3) "2000 Feeding the Hungry - Promoting Youth/Adult Partnership Action on
Food Supply Issues" Grant Has Been Awarded
4) "Going Places Making Choices" Workshop Opportunity
5) Environmental Stewardship Program Looking for Case Studies
6) Announcement: Solar Quest Presents The Sterling Scholar Awards
7) Shelburne Youth Leadership Institute Seeking Participants
8) Seeking Applicants for National Biotechnology Think Tank

1)  Two Youth Grants Available - Applications Due June 9, 2000

Grants are currently available for 1) Community Tree Planting, and 2)
Involving Persons With Disabilities.  Deadline for both grants is June 9,
2000.  For more information, check our website:

2)   Notice: Still Accepting Applications for Upcoming Community ATV
Safety Workshops 

The 4-H Community ATV Safety Program is still accepting applications for
its upcoming regional workshop to be held in Nebraska City, NE.  The
workshop dates are June 1st-4th.  The workshop will teach ATV safety
using the 4-H program materials.  A hands-on RiderCourse will be offered
in conjunction with the workshop.  Applications for the workshop can be
found on our website at www.atv-youth.org, or by contacting Crissy
Overton by e-mail at coverton at fourhcouncil_edu or by phone at (301)

3)   "2000 Feeding the Hungry - Promoting Youth/Adult Partnership Action
on Food Supply Issues" Grant Has Been Awarded 

National 4-H Council, with funding from Kraft Foods, Inc., has awarded
the "2000 Feeding the Hungry -- Promoting Youth/Adult Partnership Action
on Food Supply Issues" grant. Local grants of $500 to $2,500 were awarded
to teams promoting youth/adult involvement in local food banking,
outreach and public awareness efforts.  This grant program provides seed
grants enabling youth-led community groups to collaborate with local food
banks and adults to address hunger in their area.  

Grant recipients: Mohave County 4-H Leaders Council, Arizona; Sunset
Youth Services, California; Brookmont Farms 4-H Club, Delaware; Somerset
Clovers 4-H Club, Illinois; Wesley 4-H Hustlers, Illinois; Illinois 4-H
Foundation, Illinois; Adair County Extension Operating Fund, Iowa;
Workers of Rural Kentucky, Inc., Kentucky; Baltimore City Extension
Advisory Board/Phanastic Photographers, Maryland; Columbia Park Kentland
Recreational Council, Maryland; Prince George's County 4-H Teen Council,
Maryland; Master Teachers of New Bedford, Massachusetts; The Food Bank of
Western Massachusetts, Massachusetts; The 4-H Collectors Club, Michigan;
Hope's Kitchen, Missouri; Silver Bow 4-H Council, Montana; White Pine
District 4-H Ambassadors Action Heroes, Nevada; United Way of Salem
County, New Jersey; Turquoise Trail Elementary School, New Mexico;
Tumbleweed 4-H Club, New Mexico; Benton County 4-H Teen Council, Oregon;
Penn State 4-H/Collegiate 4-H Project HH, Pennsylvania; Extension
Special, Pennsylvania; Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, Inc.,
Virginia; Dirty Double Dozen 4-H Club, Washington; Full Potential
Development Center, District of Columbia.

For listings of other Youth Grants opportunities, please visit our
webpage at: http://www.fourhcouncil.edu/programs/grantinfo.htm

4)  "Going Places Making Choices" Workshop Opportunity

Over the next year, National 4-H Council, with funding from American
Honda and EPA, will be conducting interactive, experiential training
workshops across the nation on the Going Places, Making Choices
curriculum, at little or no cost to the host site. Going Places, Making
Choices has been instrumental in raising awareness regarding
transportation and the environment at trade shows, conferences, career
fairs, seminars, and a wide range of educational settings. Going Places,
Making Choices empowers both youth and adults to make environmentally
friendly transportation choices, conserve energy, and preserve natural
resources. If you are interested in hosting a workshop or receiving a
copy of "Going Places, Making Choices: Transportation and the
Environment," please contact: Bryan King at bking at fourhcouncil_edu.  Also
see our website at:

5) Environmental Stewardship Program Looking for Case Studies

National 4-H Council's Environmental Stewardship Program is looking for
case studies where youth and adults have partnered together in
communities to engage in a policy dialogue or decision-making process to
effect community change.  We are looking for those partnerships that seek
changes in the environmental quality of the community.  If you have been
a part of, or are currently involved with such a partnership in your
community, please contact Dan Beebe at dbeebe at fourhcouncil_edu.  Once you
provide us with this information, we will contact you in late May or
early June.

6) Announcement: Solar Quest Presents The Sterling Scholar Awards
Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, is pleased to announce
the establishment of the Sterling Scholar Award as the highest
achievement for the National Environmental Stewardship Award's program. 
Two full four-year scholarships have been created for high school seniors
who demonstrate a commitment to environmental service, who maintain
consistently high academic performance, a 3.0 GPA, and who in spirit and
action, "Think Globally and Act Locally."  Sterling Scholar Awards are
offered to one male student and one female student each year who
participate in the National Awards for Environmental Stewardship program.

Sterling College, nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains of
Vermont, integrates its academic programs in a genuine working rural
community.  The college offers a Bachelor's of Arts Degree with
concentrations in Outdoor Education and Leadership, Wildlands Ecology and
Management, and Sustainable Agriculture. Our goal is to educate
responsible problem solvers, and stewards of the environment. Sterling
also offers an Associate of Arts Degree in Resource Management.  

Sterling College promotes sustainability and commitment to community
throughout its curriculum.  The college's 136 acres, set around the green
of a small New England village, serve as an extended classroom.
Surrounding woodlands, fields, and mountains invite students to connect
their learning to the local environment.  The Sterling College community
provides a supportive learning environment offering easy access to
faculty, life-long relationships, and learning that goes beyond the
classroom. Nominations and applications for the Sterling Scholar Awards
are to be submitted through the web site at http://www.solarquest.com . 
Additional information on Sterling College can be obtained by visiting

7) Shelburne Youth Leadership Institute Seeking Participants

The Shelburne Youth Leadership Institute is seeking participants for an
ongoing series of institutes for young adults, ages 16 to 18, who want to
be proactive in shaping the future of their communities, their careers,
and their lives. This is an opportunity for young adults to get together
to explore the future from their own perspectives. Getting together with
other young adults to share this experience can lead to life-long
friendships and great personal satisfaction.  The Institute involves a
lot of work, but there is also a lot of fun and skill to be had in
creating stories from one's deepest desires and hopes.

Participants begin by connecting with the other participants through
web-based discussion groups and an on-line course "Thinking About and
Affecting the Future."  The group meets on-line and talks about their
interests, concerns and hopes for the future, and also learns how to see
issues of the future with a systems perspective. Through their on-line
dialogue, participants shape the content and focus for a four-day
gathering at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont.
During the time at Shelburne Farms, students team up with people
experienced in education for sustainability, scenario and story creation,
the arts and developmental learning.  Each day consists of listening,
discussing, researching, reflecting and personal exploration.
Participants work intensely in small groups and develop specific future
stories that will be widely shared with today's 
leaders.  Following the Shelburne gathering, participants are provided
with access to the Institute's web site, on-line discussion forums and
e-mail to share their reflections and experiences, report on how the
Institute made a difference and to share follow up activities.

Opportunities for involvement with future institutes will be offered to
participants who want to expand their leadership skills. Please contact:
Ellen Furnari, Center for a Sustainable Future,
Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT 05482 USA
v:  802.985.0789   f: 802.985.3162
http://csf.concord.org  The Center for a Sustainable Future is a division
of the  Concord Consortium http://www.concord.org 

8) Seeking Applicants for National Biotechnology Think Tank


April 19, 2000

National 4-H Council's Youth Corporate Connections (YCC) Team is
convening a Biotechnology in Agriculture Think Tank on Monday and
Tuesday, June 26 and 27, 2000 at the Monsanto headquarters in St. Louis,
Missouri.   The Think Tank will:

1. Consist of approximately 15-20 youth and adult leaders representing
all sides of the biotechnology debate.  The youth shall be ages 15-18.
2. Examine the issues of biotechnology in agriculture and,

3. Develop goals and strategies for the future.

As in the case of other aspects of their lives and communities, young
people have not been fully engaged in programs designed to promote their
understanding of issues such as biotechnology and food production and
have had less of a voice in the development of any policies surrounding
these issues.  Youth need to be full partners in the development and
implementation of programs, initiatives and policy setting relative to
their education and understanding of the environment around them.  The
inclusion of youth and adults together in the process will expand the
scope of ideas discussed as well as increase the effectiveness of any
agreed upon goals.

Below is an application for youth participation in the Biotechnology
Think Tank.  Please share this application with any young people you know
who are interested in biotechnology issues. The application deadline is
Wednesday, May 19, 2000.  Send completed applications to: Marie Frohlich,
National 4-H Council, 7100 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.  We
will also accept applications by E-mail to frohlich at fourhcouncil_edu and
by Fax at 301-961-2894 (Attn: Marie Frohlich).  If you send your
application by E-mail, please include it in the body of the message and
NOT as an attachment.

(You must be at least 15 years old as of May 1st and enter all of this
information to be considered.)



Street Address:

City, State, Zip Code:


Phone Number:

E-mail Address:


Race/Ethnic background of applicant (0ptional)

__African-American          __Hispanic-American
__Asian-American	      __ Native-American                       
__Caucasian-American    __ Other

Genetic Engineering and Agriculture

Scientists today are developing plants that are resistant to herbicides
and insects.  This means fewer chemicals need to be used on crops.
Genetic Engineering has the potential to create better and more food for
everyone.  Despite the potential for crop improvements, genetic
engineering techniques have aroused controversy. 


Keeping in mind both the scientific and ethical areas of genetic
engineering in food production: 

1) How do you define biotechnology?  How are you currently learning about
this topic in your life as an adult or student?

2) What do you think are the emerging issues regarding the use of
biotechnology in agriculture?

3) How does your understanding of biotechnology impact your decision to
buy certain food products?

4) How do you think biotechnology impacts the environment and food

The application deadline is Friday, May 19, 2000.  Send completed
applications to: Marie Frohlich, National 4-H Council, 7100 Connecticut
Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.  We will also accept applications by
E-mail to frohlich at fourhcouncil_edu and by Fax at 301-961-2894 (Attn:
Marie Frohlich).  If you send your application by E-mail, please include
it in the body of the message and NOT as an attachment.

Thank you.

P.S.  If you want to learn more about biotechnology in agriculture you
can check out:
Fields of Genes: Making Sense of Biotechnology in Agriculture, a
science-based curriculum designed for ages five to eighteen. Topics
include sustainability, environmental literacy, understanding
biotechnology, and environmental issues and choices. 

To order: Contact the National 4-H Supply Service at (301) 961-2934,
Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST
and ask for ES0046.  The cost is $5.00, or download it for free from our
website at:



Editor's Note: The next Youth-Corporate Connections Update will be
distributed in mid-May.  If you have information on publications or
programs that you would like to submit for this newsletter, please send
it by e-mail to Mary Stehle at <mstehle at fourhcouncil_edu>.  Mary can also
be reached by fax at (301)961-2894.

You can see previous issues of the Youth-Corporate Connections Update at

Check out the Youth Grants webpage at
http://www.fourhcouncil.edu/programs/grantinfo.htm.  These grants provide
opportunities for young people and adults to take action on issues
critical to their lives, their families, and their communities.  Youth
take the lead in the design of the project, the proposal writing process,
and the implementation and evaluation of funded projects.  We will
announce on this webpage when applications for grants are available.


National 4-H Council is a nonprofit organization that partners with 4-H,
the Cooperative Extension System and other organizations to pursue its
vision, implement its strategies, and accomplish its mission to be an
uncommon youth development organization fostering innovation and shared
learning for youth workers and young leaders.  National 4-H Council is
committed to a policy that all persons shall have equal access to its
programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, sex,
religion, religious creed, ancestry or national origin, age, veteran
status, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental
disability. Mention or display of trademark, proprietary product or firm
in text or figures does not constitute an endorsement by National 4-H
Council and does not imply approval to the exclusion of
suitable products or firms.


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