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2014 New Call for Positions

2014 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.

Position Details

001 4-H Youth and Community Advisor Lake/Mendocino Counties

Proposed Location/Housing

UCCE Mendocino County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Lake and Mendocino Counties


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Due to the geographical diversity and rural nature of Mendocino county, where it takes a 4H family 1 1/2 to 2 hours to drive from a northeast county town to the regional and county fairgrounds or county 4H office for trainings and events, the right youth and community advisor assigned to just Mendocino and Lake counties would be beneficial to the youth development program overall. There is a need for more outreach in the outlying areas because many families are unable to support their children and travel these distances for events and educational programs due to work responsibilities, transportation issues, and inclement weather in the winter. Many 4H members are not participating fully in the 4H program, and a locally based youth and community advisor should have some fresh ideas about increasing participation for all members in the counties they are assigned to.
Posted Jul 9, 2014 2:06 PM by Tina Wilson
I am writing as the Coordinator of the Mendocino County Food Policy Council. As an advisory group representing Mendocino County's food and farming community and as shepherds of our 2014 Food Action Plan, we want to offer our unanimous approval of this position. This position will be of great benefit to our next generation of farmers. As a rural county with a strong agricultural history, we want to preserve our agricultural future by inspiring youth to stay on-farm or look to work with animals and crops as a valued profession. Our youth need a dedicated Advisor and we strongly encourage the funding of this position.
Posted Jul 17, 2014 12:59 PM by Jen Dalton
Growing the next generation of farmers and ranchers in critical to the continued economic and social health of Lake and Mendocino Counties. 4-H and UCCE each have long histories of helping to cultivate the future farmers. The creation of this Advisor position in Lake and Mendocino would provide invaluable support to both programs, raise their public profile, and create lasting good for the entire community they serve. I strongly urge you to support this position.

Thank you,
Clifford Paulin, Coordinator
North Coast Regional Food Systems Network
Posted Jul 17, 2014 1:40 PM by Clifford Paulin
I am writing both as a parent and a former member of 4-H. Growing up in Mendocino County, 4-H provided an invaluable connection to place that contributed to my decision to return to this area after college. I believe agricultural knowledge and skill are key to our economic vibrancy and cohesive sense of place and that this program will strengthen our community both now and in the future. As a parent, any program that supports applied skills, outdoor education and cooperative values receives my hearty support.

Thank you,
Amber Trotter
Posted Jul 17, 2014 2:18 PM by Amber Trotter
4-H is such a huge part of our kids' lives in Mendocino and Lake Counties, and the program is largely run by dedicated parents and project leaders. A UCCE-funded advisor position would be both helpful to and embraced by the local 4-H community. As an assistant leader for one of our local 4-H projects, I can attest to the level of commitment and passion already present in the area. What we need to take 4-H to the next level is a coordinated effort to reach even more kids in deeper ways, which is exactly what this position could offer. We all want what's best for our kids, and helping them grow up to be productive and responsible members of our community will benefit everyone. I strongly urge the UCCE to approve the 4-H Youth and Community Advisor!
Posted Jul 18, 2014 11:34 AM by Elizabeth Archer
As coordinator of The Gardens Project of NCO, dedicated to developing school and community gardens in Mendocino and Lake Counties, the proposed 4-H position would greatly benefit our youth through increased attention to the leadership development and agricultural stewardship provided by 4-H. We have partnered with 4-H in the past to support senior gardens and would embrace a new, dedicated position for 4-H.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 3:10 PM by Miles Gordon
Having collaborated with 4-H on special events and projects I have experienced first hand what an incredibly positive impact this program can have on our youth. It blew me away, how much more integrated in the community, communicative and collaborative the actively involved 4-H youth is compared to non 4-H kids I meet around the county and in my neighborhood on the south east end of Lake County.
I strongly support the approval of a 4-H Youth and Community Advisor, because I believe that is what is necessary to make the benefits of this wonderful program accessible to youth in the outlying areas of both counties, by collaborating with whatever efforts are already in place or in the stage of conception by other groups and individuals.
Lake County especially needs all the help it can get to get to stir our youth on a productive path that helps preserve the county's agricultural heritage and make it accessible even to kids that may not directly come from an agricultural background.
The proliferation of "herb farmers" among young people here shows that there definitely is an interest in getting back to farming. This interest needs to be channeled in the right direction, and this proposed position could be a key to making that happen.

Gabriele O'Neill
UCCE Master Gardener Coordinator
Lake County
Posted Jul 21, 2014 9:39 AM by Gabriele O'Neill
I am writing as a previous member, parent of past 4-H members and grandmother of new 4-H members and current staff. 4-H is so rich with opportunities for all youth, that it takes more than one person to reach out to youth and to train volunteers to deliver programs that the youth can engaged in. Mendocino County has a diverse population that are not currently being served We need to find what interests youth in town and in outlying areas where there is little for youth to engage in positively. Agriculture and animals are what most people think of when they hear about 4-H. It is that and so much more! Healthy eathing, food safey and learning to have the self confidence to speak in front of groups is just the beginning. Ethics and Quality assurance training for those that do have animals is so important because they are producing a food product. Tying Agriculture, science and life skills into non formal education is greatly needed.
4-H has so much to offer, it needs help spreading the word to all children.
The schools are no longer teaching basic skills like cooking and financial management.
4-H basic skills projects are active and thriving but volunteers can only handle so many kids in a project, we need to reach out to more volunteer leaders who can share their skills and passion with our youth.
A Youth Development Advisor is needed in our area to connect help connect the program in all areas and pockets of our large county.
I strongly support the position of Youth Development Advisor
Linda Edgington
4-H Community Education Specialist
UCCE Mendocino
Posted Jul 21, 2014 10:51 AM by Linda Edgington
Since the completion of Rod Shippey Hall at HREC approximately two years ago, we have made significant efforts to invite use of this unique facility (as well as our entire Center) for 4-H activities and events, as well as other programming that would enhance youth science literacy and involvement. A 4-H Youth & Community Advisor in Lake & Mendocino Counties could capitalize on using the resources of HREC's 5300 acres, 64 years of research history, and our facilities to conduct youth programs and events that benefit the entire region. Among the opportunities at Hopland that could be developed are after-school, weekend, or summer programs that pair students with project leaders, technicians, and grad students who are actively conducting field investigations at HREC. Such mentorship would stimulate students to consider science careers, build their interest in continuing their education into college and university, and forge new networks of people (including youth and their parents) within this region who can learn about ANR's mission and how UC's resources can enrich our local communities. HREC's new Director as well as HREC-based academics and staff would be delighted to have such an advisor nearby who could help facilitate field tours, workshops, demonstration projects, and many other activities for youth, and HREC is ready and willing to partner in such programming. As one example, those involved in California Naturalist classes being taught in Ukiah/Hopland might choose a capstone project that directly involves youth, such as designing curricula for field trips or workshops to be held at HREC. From past experience, we know that a youth advisor who is based 3 hours north of Hopland doesn't have time and capacity to join in developing programs to use this rich resource available in southeastern Mendocino County.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 12:10 PM by Robert Timm, Ext. Wildlife Specialist emeritus

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