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NFC: Fw: YCC UPDATE — Special Notice

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 - Special Notice       		July 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.

Engaging Youth in Environmental Health Protection

EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection has a national agenda to
protect children's health from environmental threats.  This agenda
includes the goal of expanding education efforts with health and
environmental officials, providing basic information to parents and
caregivers, and ensuring that environmental standards are protective of
children.  To be totally successful, EPA knows youth must be a part of
their strategy to institutionalize environmental health.  Youth are ready
to take action by learning what their role should and can be in
protecting themselves and others from environmental hazards.

To engage youth in protecting children's health, EPA is working with
different national youth organizations to institutionalize children's
environmental health into the existing programs of these organizations.  
EPA has worked with each of these organizations for the past eight months
to develop environmental health information and activities that can be
incorporated into their programs.  From this effort, an environmental
health document targeting middle and high school age youth is being
developed.  The document outlines several environmental health threats,
how kids are impacted by these threats, what they can do to protect
themselves and their families, and several activities they could do to
promote environmental health protection in their home, school, and

The EPA is looking for participants to pilot test this program during the
summer to determine the effectiveness of these activities to help promote
environmental health, and to find out how well they can be incorporated
into other programs.  You will be asked to provide feedback on the
activities you choose and will be eligible to travel to Washington, D.C.
in September to demonstrate your activity at a national youth workshop on
environmental health.  If you are interested in working on this project,
please contact Ted Coopwood at (202)260-3410.


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


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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
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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.