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4-H Military Partnerships

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Recorded Webinars

Mobile Technology Labs (MTL)

Keeping Mobile Technology Labs (MTL) Running in Tip Top Shape!

This webinar will introduce you to the use and care of the mobile Technology lab (MTL). Understanding the use of DEEP FREEZE is especially important in using the lab computers. This webinar will help in understanding the purpose and use of Deep Freeze. Anti-virus Software and Windows updates are also discussed as well as curriculum resources to use with the MTL.

Webinar Slides



Intersections of Resilience and Vulnerability: A Study of Over 1000 Youth in Military Families* - December 11, 2014

Jay A. Mancini and Catherine W. O’Neal** 

Transition and change are hallmarks of life in military families, and youth and their families continually navigate and negotiate the demands related to military service. In the face of challenges, military families demonstrate remarkable coping and resilience. Family science researchers at The University of Georgia have conducted two recent studies of military families, one an examination of over 1000 adolescents ages 11-18, and the other of 273 families (parents and a total of 389 adolescents 11-18 years old). Not only do these data speak to the well-being of youth but also to family contexts in which youth develop. Moreover, the role that youth development programs have in the lives of youth are examined. The core research questions are: What vulnerabilities do youth and their families experience? Do youth development programs make a difference in positive ways? Which dimensions of family life are significant for youth well-being? What everyday life elements serve as protective factors in youths’ lives? These research findings are then pivoted toward implications for development of prevention and intervention programs for youth and for their families.

Jay A. Mancini and Catherine W. O’Neal**, Family and Community Resilience Laboratory, Department of Human Development and Family Science, The University of Georgia

*This research is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture through the University of Georgia under special project number 2009-48680-06069.

**Jay A. Mancini is Haltiwanger Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Science, and Catherine W. O’Neal is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow.

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Webinar Resources


REACH - Supporting Military Families Through Research and Outreach

Military REACH Lab at the University of Minnesota (https://reachmilitaryfamilies.umn.edu/) utilizes a multidisciplinary approach as it integrates both research and outreach to support those who work with and on behalf of military families.



Reintegration Study - Coming Home: The Experiences and Implications of Reintegration

Virginia Tech conducted a reintegration study last year with the intent to better understand the processes and needs of families during reintegration. Having a better understanding of the reintegration process for military families will help to increase their resiliency and family functioning through developing and implementing more effective formal supports.  A copy of the final revised report is available on the 4-H Military Partnerships website at http://www.4-hmiitarypartnerships.org.  You may download it from the home page. Click here for the Webinar PowerPoint presentation. This research was funded through a partnership between U.S. Army Child, Youth and School Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA-2008-48661-04748).

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Youth Programs That Create Impact by Dr. Mary Arnold, Oregon State University

The key to the success of youth programs today is its ability to document impact. Youth development researchers, such as Dr. Richard Lerner’s work with youth organizations, like as 4-H, articulate the impact of quality positive youth development programs. Research as to what program models create the greatest opportunity for youth to develop skills is limited. Youth developing life skills starts with using the appropriate program model for the skills that are to be achieved. Dr. Arnold presented her recent work identifying program models that create the best opportunity to learn life skills, based on current research in youth development and adolescent research. Oregon has been using these identified program models to strengthen their 4-H program along with other states initiating similar programming. In the webinar, Dr. Arnold described this integrated program model that incorporates several areas of current research, including best practices for high quality programs, program processes, and program outcomes.

Dr. Mary Arnold is an Extension Youth Development Specialist with the Oregon 4-H Program, and Professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. Dr. Arnold’s work focuses on supporting 4-H professionals to strengthen their programs by using positive youth development practices and evaluating for impact.



4-H Common Measures/Measuring Impact

The challenge for broad educational programs like 4-H is how to assess the impact of programs in which the content and delivery methods vary, but the overall goals are the same. 4-H Common Measures has identified assessment instruments across various community programs to evaluate the overall impact and effectiveness of similar community programs. Common evaluation measurements assist in cross-program comparison but allow for various programs to be examined on similar outcomes and outputs.

The model can be used as a

  • planning tool
  • guide for the use of the 4-H Common Measures
  • to assist in articulating and reporting the work with 4-H youth.



Curriculum and Educational Resources

Be SMART (Safe, Monitored, and Responsible Texting) with Youth

This workshop provides an increased awareness of the misuse of smart phones and other mobile devices. Sexting and cyber-bullying instances are gathering more and more attention due to the negative consequences that might impact both the sender and the receiver of the message. Learn techniques of how to help decrease and prevent sexting and cyber-bullying and what to do when you are made aware of it happening.



Hawaii 4-H Webinar Training Topics

  • "My Plate"
  • 4-H Record Books for Youth
  • Mini 4-H 101
  • Robotics
  • Service Learning

Link: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/4h/MilitaryPartnerships/webinars.htm


What's New!!


Webinar Presented by Dr. Mary Arnold

The Impact of 4-H on Adolescent Thriving

This webinar is a follow-up to earlier presentations by Dr. Mary Arnold on a new model for the 4-H program. The model, which proposes that 4-H programs impact youth by increasing youth thriving, was pilot tested in 2017. The results of the pilot test supported the proposed model and suggest important implications for 4-H programs. During this webinar, Dr. Arnold will present an overview of the model, the results of the pilot research, and updates on next steps for the model. An important aspect of this webinar will be the implications for 4-H programs seeking to increase thriving in youth.

Mary Arnold is an Extension Youth Development Specialist with the Oregon 4-H Program, and Professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. Dr. Arnold’s work focuses on the translation of adolescent and positive youth development research theory into practice. Feel free to share with Military CYP staff.