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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 22       May 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) Tree Planting Grant Available - Second Notice -- Applications Due June
9, 2000
2) Call for Workforce Preparation Curricula

1)  Tree Planting Grant Available - Second Notice -- Applications Due
June 9, 2000

The Community Tree Planting grant is still available and is due June 9,
2000.  For more information, check our website:

2)  Call for Workforce Preparation Curricula

National 4-H Council's Youth-Corporate Connections Team, in collaboration
with the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC), recently received a
grant from the UPS Foundation to address workforce preparation issues
among youth.  In order to gain a better understanding of the educational
resources that are already in place within and outside of the Cooperative
Extension System, we are undertaking a review of current workforce
preparation curricula. The goal is to assemble a team of youth and
community development Extension faculty that will: (1) review a set of
educational resources that have been submitted to National 4-H Council;
(2) determine the gaps that exist in the materials; and (3) develop a
strategy for moving forward with a comprehensive, integrated curriculum
on youth workforce issues.

If you or any of your colleagues are involved in youth workforce
preparation activities, we would like to know what specific workforce
preparation/development curricula you are utilizing. If the educational
resources you are utilizing have been developed by your state's
Cooperative Extension Service, we would appreciate receiving a copy from
you.  If your state CES is not the developer of the material, we would
like to know how to secure a copy of the material (i.e., who developed
the material and where it can be ordered from).  Materials and/or
information may be forwarded to Mary Stehle at National 4-H Council, 7100
Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.  You may also contact Mary by
telephone at (301)961-2906 or by e-mail at mstehle at fourhcouncil_edu. We
would appreciate your input by June 16, 2000.  Thank you in advance for
your valuable assistance.


Editor's Note: The next Youth-Corporate Connections Update will be
distributed in mid-June.  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.