- Author: Dohee Kim
The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) has announced the names of those who received the 2011 ANR Distinguished Service Awards. The awards are presented biennially to ANR staff members for their outstanding contributions to the teaching, research and public service mission of ANR.
UC Cooperative Extension in LA County is pleased to congratulate Keith Nathaniel (4-H Youth Development advisor) and Brenda Roche (Nutrition, Family and Consumer Science advisor), who are among the 12 who received this mark of distinction. They were part of a seven-member team that received the award in the category of Outstanding Team with the development of "Money Talks for Teens"--a unique resource of financial information for teens and young adults.
Based on a needs assessment study, the team created a hands-on, interactive online program to guide teens and young adults in making important financial decisions. Available in English and Spanish, "Money Talks" consists of four series of lessons that start with basic personal finance information, and it goes on to cover topics such as banking, credit and working.
Pre and post evaluations have documented the benefits to teens. More importantly, the series is highly regarded by educators in California and the U.S.
In a leadership role, Nathaniel guides and develops 4-H programs in LA County. The programs offer youth valuable learning experiences that help them grow into productive leaders and good citizens.
Like Nathaniel, Roche designs programs for residents of LA County. Paying specific attention to the areas of nutrition and consumer science, she evaluates trends and issues and maintains knowledge of current research information.
All team members will receive individual certificates and share $5,000.
For more information on "Money Talks for Teens," please visit www.moneytalks4teens.org.