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Leaders, 4-H volunteers, Associates of National 4-H Council, and
other professionals in the
youth development and education fields

Youth-Corporate Connections Update            Number 12          
June 1999

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 five
issue areas of the
Youth-Corporate Connections team: workforce preparation,
environmental stewardship, health
and wellness, discrimination, and family life/work life


1) ATV Safety: Materials, Design Team, Summer Opportunity
2) Creating and Sustaining Local Workforce Preparation Efforts
3) Fields of Genes Grant Recipients
4) Free Educational Materials
5) World Wildlife Fund's Pennies for the Planet Campaign 


Safety Materials
Now that the weather is getting warmer it's time to start thinking
about outdoor recreational
activities.  National 4-H Council has a large supply of All Terrain
Vehicle (ATV) and dirtbike
safety manuals, brochures, and stickers.  We have several thousand
copies of the Off-Highway
Vehicle (OHV) Vision Team safety brochure which contains valuable
safety tips for
ATV/dirtbike riders.  We also have a large quantity of Vision Team
stickers.  We have ATV
safety brochures and ATV safety handbooks which focus on ATV safety
lessons. To request any
information contact: Gerrit Shuffstall, (301) 347-3804,
gshuffstall at fourhcouncil_edu OR
Amanda Alter, alter at fourhcouncil_edu.

All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety Program Update

The National 4-H Council ATV Safety Design Team met for the first
time in March 1999. The
ATV Safety Design Team was created to reinvigorate National 4-H
Council's ATV Safety

In order to represent the entire riding community, the design team
was made up of youth and
adults. The youth participants were members of National 4-H Council's
Off-Highway Vehicle
(OHV) Vision Team, 4-H'ers, and riders. The adult group included
representatives from National
4-H Council, ATV dealers, farm safety advocates, government agencies
and others.
The team met for three days at the National 4-H Conference Center in
Chevy Chase, Maryland.
The group was broken down into four groups: Program/Curriculum,
Implementation and Evaluation. 

Over the next few months, National 4-H Council will be working with
the suggestions of the
ATV Safety Design Team to create new and innovative safety curricula,
support materials, and
communication tools. 

ATV/OHV Summer Opportunity Update

The National 4-H Council Vision Team and members of the ATV Safety
Design Team are
coming back to Washington, D.C. in July for a week long chance to
"shadow" our partners in the
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Forest Service and
National 4-H Council's
Marketing and Information Services Departments.
The Summer Opportunity Program begins July 18th and runs until July
25th.  During the week,
the participants will have an orientation day at the beginning of the
week, two days of shadowing
experience and two days of processing and evaluation.  The last day
will be a recreation day and
the group has discussed hiking part of the Appalachian Trail or going
to Six Flags.
The members will be responsible for bringing their findings back to
National 4-H Council,
updating the web pages and offering new insights to the programs they
will be working with. 


National 4-H Council, with funding provided by The UPS Foundation,
has selected Alabama
Cooperative Extension System, Arizona Cooperative Extension Service,
Colorado State
University Cooperative Extension, Louisiana State University
Cooperative Extension, and
University of Nebraska - Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural
Resources Cooperative
Extension to participate in a "train the trainers" program designed
to help state and community
teams create and sustain local workforce preparation efforts. 

National 4-H Council will partner with State Teams of youth and
adults to convene regional
workshops that will train local teams from rural communities in an
innovative process for
community collaboration and strategic planning. This process was
developed and refined in
partnership with University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service
during a pilot
program also sponsored by UPS. As a result of last year's pilot
program, a framework now exists
for successfully training rural communities in a collaboration and
planning process to develop
their own workforce preparation programs.  The framework is flexible
and allows for local
uniqueness as well as cross-site consistency.  

National 4-H Council will provide ongoing support to help the State
Teams implement regional
workshops and improve workforce preparation efforts at the community
level. Each state will
receive a grant of $5,000 to help with the implementation of this


National 4-H Council, with funding from Monsanto The Agricultural
Group, has awarded Train
the Trainer Grants to conduct workshops based on  Field of Genes, a
new curriculum which
introduces youth to genetics and biotechnology through engaging,
hands-on activities. 

Participants in the workshops must teach from the Fields of Genes
curriculum at least once. 
Each award also requires the grantee and the participants in the
training session to complete an
evaluation of the workshops using a survey instrument designed by
National 4-H Council. These
trainings must be completed by Dec. 31, 1999.  

Grant Recipients: Charles Cox,  Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom; Donna
Durbin, Grayson County
Extension, KY; Michelle Moore 4-H Farm, Bloomfield, CT; Lori Quinn,
Marion County
Extension,  IL; Tim Jahn, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Nassau
County, NY; Steve Nagano,
Oahu 4-H, HI; Bonnie Peck, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Fulton and
Montgomery Counties,
NY; Ilene Haspel, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Westchester County,
NY; Yvonne Freeman,
The Growing Academy, Ventura County, CA


National 4-H Council is offering the following FREE educational

WFP-001 "Marketing You" Book

Designed for students in junior high and high school, the purpose of
this workbook is to help
students better understand their unique abilities and dreams.  It
leads students through the
creation of their resume and portfolio as formal ways of presenting
to others what they've learned
about themselves.

TOC-993 "Como Enfocar su Futuro" Booklet

This Spanish version of the "Targeting Your Future" guidebook is
intended to help high school
students begin charting their future.

WFP-016 Workforce Preparation Poster/Book Set

The curriculum guide and colorful poster assist in teaching the basic
concepts of workforce
preparation to youth.  The book features a discussion of the
Workforce Preparation Model, its
phases, and three career-related activities for Pre-School (under 5
years old), Early Development
(5-8 years old), and Awareness (8-12 years old).  The 2'x3' poster
explains the model and its
phases, as well as the conceptual linkages to community, workplaces,
family, and youth.
ES-0024 Collaborations in Action: Three Case Studies on Land Use

This 30-page self-study guide is geared to young people 12-14 and
helps them learn skills to
foster collaborations.  The Collaborations in Action video is
available for $4 or free with orders
of 100 or more books.

EV-0000 EarthView Brochure

The EarthView Survey was conducted in 1998 to determine the
environmental attitudes of teens
(aged 13-18) and "baby-boomer" adults (aged 40-55), and this brochure
includes some of those
survey questions.  Readers can see how their answers compare with
those of the teens and adults
who took the survey.  The brochure is intended to spark conversations
about environmental
issues and provide ideas about what individuals can do.  It is
appropriate for guiding group
discussions in 4-H clubs, camp settings, school groups, environment
and natural resources
conferences, etc.

Critical Issues/Critical Thinking Series

ES0027 Water Quality
ES0028 Recreational Trails
ES0029 Wetlands
ES0030 Endangered Species

These curriculum and poster sets contain lessons for furthering
understanding of several key
environmental issues through critical thinking/decision-making
exercises.  They are geared to
young people 12-14 years old but can easily be adapted for use with
younger or older youth.

The above items are free of charge while supplies last.  The only
cost to you is shipping by UPS
ground, plus a $5 administrative charge.  We ship in minimum
quantities of 25 per subject (50
for the Earth View brochure) and cannot estimate the shipping costs
due to the time involved in
acquiring an estimate.  An invoice for the shipping fee and $5
administrative charge will be
included in your shipment.

If you would like to place an order for any of the above, please
contact Paula McPhee by e-mail
at <mcphee at fourhcouncil_edu>, by fax at 301/961-2894, or by mail at
National 4-H Council,
Attn: Paula McPhee, 7100 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD

(Article Submitted by World Wildlife Fund)

"Pennies for the Planet" is an annual kids campaign, started in 1994,
that links environmental
education with environmental action. Engaging and motivating young
people to take a more
active role in conservation is critical if we want to protect the
diversity of life for the future. The
"Pennies for the Planet" campaign helps get kids excited about
conservation, encourages them to
learn more about the importance of protecting biodiversity, and shows
them that they can make a
difference locally and globally. Each year, as part of the campaign,
kids across the United States
participate in a variety of community-based environmentally-inspired

In the nearly three decades since the first Earth Day in 1970, kids
have proven to be among
the most eager participants in Earth Day activities.  More often than
not, they also take the lead
in their households and communities with a commitment to recycling,
park clean-ups, and other
local activities.

This year's program targets three outstanding regions of the Global
200--more than 200 sites
around the world targeted for priority action by World Wildlife Fund
and its partners. By
exploring Asia's temperate forests of Southwest China, Africa's rain
forests of the Congo Basin,
and the rich waters of the Bering Sea, students will learn more about
what biodiversity is, why
it's so important, and international efforts to protect it. But just
as important, they can also learn
about biodiversity in their own backyards and how our every day
actions affect biodiversity in all
parts of the world. 

The 1999 "Pennies for the Planet" kicked off on Earth Day and will
continue through the
spring and summer. To support global conservation efforts, kids can
collect, earn, save, and send
in pennies to support conservation projects and local education
efforts in this year's target
ecoregions.  Every penny raised by kids will go directly to field
projects and local education
efforts that protect these ecoregions and their critical species,
habitats, and ecosystems. 

"Pennies for the Planet" kits, which include information for youth
leaders, educators, and
parents, and copies of our "Pennies for the Planet" newsletter for
kids are available from World
Wildlife Fund. The 1999 Pennies for the Planet News educates kids
about Southwest China's
temperate forests, Africa's Congo Basin, and the Bering Sea and
contains lots of fun information
on giant pandas, northern right whales, polar bears, forest
elephants, and other species of these
three regions. It also suggests some ways that kids can take action
on their behalf.  We've made a
special effort to bring the wonders of wildlife home, too, by
suggesting projects that get students
exploring, learning about, and helping to protect their own ecoregion
even as they raise money
for the ecoregions in other parts of the planet.

The 1999 "Pennies for the Planet" kits include instructions for
participating in the campaign and
sending in the collected funds, along with activity ideas that link
local conservation issues close
to kids' hearts with international efforts to protect our planet's
biodiversity.  Each kit contains 15
newsletters and one teacher's guide, and is available free of charge.
 To receive a 1999 "Pennies
for the Planet" kit, write to World Wildlife Fund, Attn: Pennies for
the Planet, 1250
Twenty-Fourth St., NW, Washington, DC 20037-1175, or send an e-mail
<Pennies at WWFUS_ORG>. The newsletter, educator's guide, and additional
activities and information are also be posted on the WWF website


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 David
Carrier at
<carrier at fourhcouncil_edu>.  David can also be reached by fax at

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

Check out the Youth Grants webpage at
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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