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Position Details

063 Youth Development Advisor Sonoma Napa Marin

Proposed Location/Housing

Sonoma, Napa, or Marin - TBD

Proposed Area of Coverage

Sonoma, Napa, and Marin

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13 Comments

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This is an exciting opportunity to extend learning into the larger community. It allows us to take science, investigative dispositions and hands-on research out of the classroom and into our neighborhoods. This position will support genuine student learning. Students will experience relevant self-designed explorations that are linked to the community and we all will be richer for it.
The team at the Marin County Office of Education looks forward to working with a Youth Development Advisor promoting positive youth development. This position will underscore our commitment to utilize available resources and mirror the goals of many of our current programs. This positions will allow students to explore the kind of ideas generated through the outdoor education, ROP and mentorship programs. Aligned with our educational mission this position is a good fit for our community.
Posted Jul 11, 2014 3:23 PM by Mary Jane Burke
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Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit is engaged as a member of the Community Activity and Nutrition Coalition of Sonoma County, and of our local Food System Alliance, and works closely with schools to improve healthy eating in the community. We would welcome the addition of a youth development advisor to support current work being conducted in the county, and to support collaboration and provide leadership and energy to youth development efforts in the domain of improving healthy eating and active living. Thank you.
Posted Jul 14, 2014 1:22 PM by Shan Magnuson
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1. As a member of the executive board of our Sonoma County 4-H Council for the past 5 years, and without a director for the past 4 years, I can attest to the fact that the County has suffered from not having a director. We are a very large and strong 4-H Program with over 950 youth members and 380 adult leaders/volunteers.
2. Having a director that will benefit Sonoma, Marin and Napa, will have the resources of all the County 4-H Programs and be able to expand programs in all counties and work to develop new programs and ideas to keep our teens in 4-H and continue to develop community leaders.
3. For most of us, 4-H is generational. I was in 4-H, my kids were in 4-H and I know that their kids will be in 4-H. That is because it is a program that works. Sonoma County has a new 4-H Club that is in a charter school. This is the beginning of the next generation. New members, whose parents may not have been in 4-H, have the opportunity, through school, to learn about leadership and have success in 4-H. A Program Director could expand on this and develop outreach to other schools and training for Club Leaders and skilled parents who are leader candidates, but were not in 4-H as children.
A Youth Development Advisor is needed and our county youth programs deserve one!
Posted Jul 16, 2014 3:04 PM by Dodie Peterson
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Sonoma County has been without a YDA for a while now and although our program is still strong this is a bennifical position. Not only to help our program grow but to be innovative in programs as well as be a resource for other county volunteers. We truly need this position.
Posted Jul 16, 2014 6:15 PM by Gabby McGrath
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As a member of the Exec. Council in Sonoma County I would love for our county (and Marin/Napa) to have a 4-H Youth Advisor again. Our county is very active and has some amazing leaders/volunteers. These incredible people have taken up the slack for the empty chair of what was our 4-H Advisor. We have all stepped up to the plate to support our 4-H office and the various needs. It does, however, spread our volunteers thin.

As a County, one of our big goals was to improve the diversity of 4-H. We have been successful, but it's difficult. Our volunteers have taken on this enormous task by reaching out to our community, endless research, community meetings and by creating brochures in both Spanish and English. Honestly, this should be over seen and done by our 4-H youth advisor, with the help of our volunteers. Diversity is key to our future and it must be done with taste and patients.

This was taken out of the job description: The Advisor will develop a variety of delivery approaches for expanding the program and reach new, diverse audiences. Outreach methods will include individual consultations, field days, tours, meetings, web conferences,

A County our size (add into it Marin and Napa) is in great need of additional support for all the reasons mentioned in the job description. What truly takes two plus full time employees is now being done by one.

Posted Jul 16, 2014 7:09 PM by Cheryl Mohrman
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As a member of the Exec. Council in Sonoma County I would love for our county (and Marin/Napa) to have a 4-H Youth Advisor again. Our county is very active and has some amazing leaders/volunteers. These incredible people have taken up the slack for the empty chair of what was our 4-H Advisor. We have all stepped up to the plate to support our 4-H office and the various needs. It does, however, spread our volunteers thin.

As a County, one of our big goals was to improve the diversity of 4-H. We have been successful, but it's difficult. Our volunteers have taken on this enormous task by reaching out to our community, endless research, community meetings and by creating brochures in both Spanish and English. Honestly, this should be over seen and done by our 4-H youth advisor, with the help of our volunteers. Diversity is key to our future and it must be done with taste and patients.

This was taken out of the job description: The Advisor will develop a variety of delivery approaches for expanding the program and reach new, diverse audiences. Outreach methods will include individual consultations, field days, tours, meetings, web conferences,

A County our size (add into it Marin and Napa) is in great need of additional support for all the reasons mentioned in the job description. What truly takes two plus full time employees is now being done by one.

Posted Jul 16, 2014 7:10 PM by Cheryl Mohrman
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As the Executive Director of Ceres Community Project -- an organization that engages nearly 500 youth per year in 18,000 hours of service learning around growing, cooking and eating healthy organic whole foods -- and as a member of the Sonoma County Food System Alliance I want to strongly urge that this position be funded. Youth development is one of the most leveraged investments that we can make to build healthier communities. There are a wide range of efforts underway both in Sonoma and Marin counties (where Ceres works) and I'm sure in Napa as well. A Youth Development advisor could play a key role in building collaborations between existing efforts, and in helping to replicate successful models across the county. Youth who understand both their power to make a difference and the impact that their food choices can have on their own health and the health of the planet can be a powerful force for change.
Posted Jul 17, 2014 2:52 PM by Cathryn Couch
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July 16, 2014
Dear University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources and U.C.
Cooperative Extension,
Please consider funding for a 4H County Director, shared by Sonoma, Napa and
Marin counties. I am a resident of, and 4H leader in Sonoma County, and we
have been without a director for four years.
With the push towards A-G college bound requirements at local high schools, it is
imperative that we target our at risk, minority and disenfranchised youth and
provide them with the tools necessary to be college ready upon graduation from
high school. We need a strong leader to identify these students and hopefully,
integrate them into 4H programs and activities. Research demonstrates that 4H and
like programs, help students develop the confidence, character and ability, as well
as polished public speaking skills, necessary for a successful career.
I believe that a 4H County Director would improve the outcome for all 4H
members, as well as bring the three counties together in a collaborative effort to
pool resources and share dialogue.
There is also a push for more females to be involved in STEM programs and some
young women feel less intimated receiving this type of inquiry based instruction,
in a smaller project type group, than in a regular classroom. A director could
organize these opportunities for all members, encouraging young women in
particular to attend.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
Kind regards,
Eileen Pharo
Sonoma Valley 4H
Posted Jul 17, 2014 2:56 PM by Eileen Pharo
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4-H is a wonderful program and brings us closer to the earth and the understanding of where are food comes from providing members as well as families and anyone they invite, to learn, question and hopefully to become more informed. There are so many opportunities in the 4-H program run by invaluable volunteers who give of there expertise and hours of time. A 4-H adviser is important and much needed in our program. I think it is important to hire someone who is an empathetic leader, has been involved in a 4-H program and organized. Someone who recognizes the history of 4-H and embraces it as well as looking toward the future and success of 4-H.
Posted Jul 17, 2014 4:39 PM by Van Anda
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Napa County has a long history of stable support to UCCE Advisors, and our commitment to continue that partnership benefits our residents and industries in numerous ways. Napa County is pleased to support the addition of a 4-H Youth Development Advisor for Sonoma, Napa and Marin Counties. Each year, hundreds of children are served by County Child Welfare and Youth Probation services. As more Napa County children are given opportunities to actively participate in leadership development and other 4-H programs, these numbers could be reduced. The County supports any development programs, including those provided through 4-H, that are shown to reduce engagement in risky behavior and increase the rate of children attending college. The efforts of the 4-H Youth Development Advisor will advance the collaboration between schools, government, and community groups to positively affect the lives of the children in our communities.

Nancy Watt
County Executive Officer
County of Napa
Posted Jul 18, 2014 10:13 AM by Nancy Watt, County Executive Officer, County of Napa
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I support having a 4-H Youth Development Program (YDP) Advisor for Napa, Marin, and Sonoma Counties. As the 4-H YDP Representative for 14 + years in Napa County, I have been without a 4-H YDP Advisor for seven years. My only question is under "Support" on the Position Description it states, "Napa and Sonoma County have full time Community Education Specilaists..." is this a positon in addition to the 4-H YDP Representative?

Jim O'Neill, 4-H YDP Rep.
Napa County
Posted Jul 18, 2014 11:30 AM by Jim O'Neill
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This is from the Justification section of the job description: "Promoting healthy pathways to college and work are urgent concerns, not only for individual youth and their families but also for a healthy community to thrive. UCCE 4-H Youth Development programs are at the cutting edge of positive youth development knowledge and practice. Research shows that participants in these programs are more likely to contribute to their families, themselves; more likely to see themselves going to college; and significantly less likely to engage in risk or problem behavior."

I couldn't have said it better myself. The role of Advisor in Sonoma County has been largely filled by volunteers over the last 4 years. Our kids deserve a 4-H program with a full-time advisor. They are the leaders of the future.

Posted Jul 18, 2014 5:26 PM by Janet Cipriano
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Hi All,

I am very concerned about the Sonoma/Marin/Napa proposal. While I agree the need is high, this really needs to be more than one advisor or a regrouping as Sonoma alone can take up all the advisors' time. Perhaps make the coverage Sonoma and Marin counties would be more doable in my opinion.

As proposed, I believe assigning one advisor to cover all 3 counties would be a set-up for failure not only for the new academic, but also for the counties, as the administrative and programmatic needs are huge in the respective county 4-H club programs.


Posted Jul 21, 2014 11:17 AM by Charles Go

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