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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My study in Finland and Estonia - 2017 MEWS Scholarship Recipient, ESP Pi Chapter

My study in Finland and Estonia June 2017

2017 MEWS Scholarship Recipient, ESP Pi Chapter

By Margo Herman, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development

I recently completed the National Afterschool Association International Learning Exchange (ILE)       June 26-29, 2017 in Finland and Estonia. I am most grateful for your $500 scholarship to attend this learning exchange. It was a great experience that provided valuable perspective and connections to excellent resources.

ILE is dedicated to cultural and educational professional development focused on developing innovative knowledge and strategies for afterschool leaders. The US delegation included 19 participants (all leaders in afterschool) from 12 states. We met with 10 colleagues in Finland and 4 colleagues in Estonia over the course of the week.
I served on the planning committee to make this learning experience vibrant for all involved and was part of a panel presentation on the 3rd day of the conference “US Youth Policy in a Trump Administration” as I shared recent focus group notes from Somali youth enrolled in our Urban 4-H program.

Throughout the week, I shared our Extension Center for Youth Development strategies and resources with participants. In addition, I scheduled 2 additional (outside the learning exchange agenda) one-on-one meetings with Finland 4-H staff to exchange resources related to our urban 4-H programming, our Youth Teaching Youth curriculum, and our WeConnect global citizenship curriculum. In turn, the Finland  4-H staff shared resources with me about their 4-H international exchange program, their 3 Steps To Employment program, and Finland 4-H Entrepreneur program.These programs focus on substantive program for older youth that I believe we should consider within our strategic plan to continue our
4-H youth development programming bridging youth into adulthood.

ILE had an impact on my Extension work in the following ways:


  1. I built many connections and a stronger network with my US colleagues, particularly in the states of CT, NH, VT, TN and VA through discussion about our unique youth programs and resources. We exchanged our philosophy, resource material and website information.
  2. ILE inspired new thinking about the importance of building capacity of our 4-H program for older youth.  Finland and Estonia support youth work at a national level up until age 29 to build national capacity for successful employment of young people. Starting age 13 they focus specifically on job skills and career skills through 3 Steps To Employment. This is a key age, as  Minnesota notices a significant drop off in 4-H enrollment between 6th grade and 9th grade (32% decrease in 2016).
  3. I exchanged information with our 4-H colleagues in Helsinki, Finland. Our Extension Center for Youth Development website was highly beneficial to them as a link to our WeConnect global citizenship curriculum content, as well as our youth development research page (includes blogs, articles, research and recorded symposia). They also noted specific interest in our Urban 4-H Model and our Youth Teaching Youth approach. In return, their resources that are beneficial to our MN 4-H program are their 3 Steps To Employment program, and their international learning exchange model (part of a global 4-H network). 





Friday, March 3, 2017

2016-2017 Committees

ESP Minnesota PI Chapter

2016-2017 Committees 

Awards & Recognition
This committee shall recommend to the Executive Committee individuals and teams to be nominated for chapter, regional, or national ESP awards; be responsible for securing and presenting chapter awards; and annually review the criteria for selecting awards recipients.


Fundraising
This committee shall raise funds according to the direction and intention of the Executive Committee for these purposes: to add to the Minnesota Extension Workers Scholarship Fund; to support the mission, vision, and operations of the Pi Chapter; and any other purpose which contributes to the professional development and work of Pi Chapter members.


Global Relations
This committee provides awareness and access to international work, service, and travel opportunities.

Vacant, Chair

History & Archives
This committee will record and collect documents, stories, photos, exhibits, oral histories, and other memorabilia. It will preserve them in an appropriate location and in durable formats to ensure they are safe and accessible over time. It will provide a list of the contents along with information about how to access archived information.


Legislative
This committee shall remain informed and keep membership informed of pertinent legislative matters that concern University of Minnesota Extension and its staff.


Membership
This committee shall work with the Treasurer to maintain and report an annual roster of annual and life members to the ESP office; identify and recruit qualified new annual and life member candidates; report all changes of status of members; be responsible for the initiation and orientation of new members; and order ESP membership cards and/or creeds for new members with approval from the Executive Committee.


Professional Improvement
This committee shall identify and recommend to the Executive Committee appropriate professional improvement programs and activities, and plan, implement, and evaluate offerings.


Retiree / Life Member
This committee shall work to maintain the active involvement of life members in the chapter; maintain communication linkages with life members; and report needs, concerns, and issues to the Executive Committee. Send ESP sympathy card to family of retiree, remove name from ESP life member list, add to deceased list and donor management system. Commerate memorial service at annual meeting. Plan post-educational session at retiree luncheon.


Scholarship
This committee shall promote scholarship programs of the Pi Chapter and ESP, review applications and recommend Pi Chapter amounts, and annually review scholarship selection criteria.


Nominating
This committee shall be chaired by the immediate past president of Pi Chapter; and shall recommend to the executive committee a slate of candidates for office to be elected at the annual meeting of the membership.


Audit
This committee shall consist of three (3) members not to include members of the executive committee; shall review the financial records of Pi Chapter; and recommend any changes deemed advisable.

  • Three members not on Executive Committee appointed by Treasurer, Sara Croymans, croym001@umn.edu 


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Applications for Pi Chapter Recognition due Wednesday, September 21

A reminder to all ESP Pi Chapter members that applications for ESP Pi Chapter Recognition is DUE Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

To nominate yourself, your team, another deserving colleague (active or retired), or a friend of Extension for ESP recognition, please review the descriptions of the member recognition categories and application process on our awards page.

The presentation of the 2016 ESP Pi Chapter awards will occur during the ESP meeting at the Extension program conference.

The direct link to the award applications on the National ESP website (where you will submit your application) is:  http://www.espnational.org/en/  You will click on the Forms tab at the top, and proceed to Recognition Award Forms.  

Please submit an application and allow our ESP Pi Chapter to celebrate the many contributions employee, retirees, and friends make every day on behalf of the mission of the University of Minnesota Extension!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Renew Your Membership in Advance of Annual Meeting

We invite you to renew your membership in advance of our annual meeting on October 5! This can simply and quickly be done online by visiting http://z.umn.edu/espmembership. Memberships will also be accepted at the meeting. Thank you!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Annual Meeting To Be Held on October 5

This is your official call to the 2015 ESP Pi Chapter annual meeting! It will be held on Monday, October 5, at the Blue Water Grill in the Hilton MSP/MOA. We will start our meeting at 6:30 p.m., following the Program Conference lightning talks. Dinner will be available to order off the menu at your expense. For more details, please see the meeting agenda. Visit our Annual Meeting page for information on previous years' meetings.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Applications for Pi Chapter Recognition due Wednesday, September 23

A reminder to all ESP-PI Chapter members that applications for ESP-Pi Chapter Recognition is DUE Wednesday, September 23, 2015

To nominate yourself, your team, another deserving colleague (active or retired), or a friend of Extension for ESP recognition, please review the descriptions of the member recognition categories and application process on our awards page.
 
The presentation of the 2015 ESP-Pi Chapter awards will occur during the ESP meeting at the Extension program conference.

The direct link to the award applications on the National ESP website (where you will submit your application) is:  http://www.espnational.org/en/  You will click on the FORMS tab at the top, and proceed to Recognition Award Forms.  

Please submit an application and allow our ESP-Pi Chapter to celebrate the many contributions employee, retirees, and friends make every day on behalf of the mission of the University of Minnesota Extension!
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