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Northeast Regional 4-H Volunteer Forum

The 4-H Program is a global youth organization that focuses on positive youth development through hands on learning of essential life skills. This would not be possible without the many 4-H volunteers that help to bring these programs to life.

Maryland has the honor of acting as host for the 2014 Northeast Regional 4-H Volunteers’ Forum to be held November 20-23, 2014 at the Marriott Inn & Conference Center in College Park, Maryland. As many as 350 4-H volunteers from across 13 states will come together to explore new places, experience innovative programs and exchange new ideas.

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Workshops

Friday, November 21st

8:30 am – 10:00 am Workshop Sessions: Friday 1

  • Using Experiential Learning in 4-H Entrepreneurship Programs

    UVM Dollar Enterprise Program Following the STEM education requirements, this workshop will share a comprehensive educational program using science-based research to design, develop, implement, and evaluate learning experiences and outcomes of Entrepreneurship Education using $1 as seed money. Participants will receive clear guidance in program development. Hands-on activities will assist and motivate participants to design your own curriculum and assessment tools. Presenter: Kathleen Liang - University of Vermont.

  • Quality Kids, Quality Animals, Quality Management

    Through the 4-H Animal Science Program Penn State Extension has established a standard of care for all animal projects. All 4-H animal science youth are required to participate in training regarding three specific "Good Production Practices" annually. The statewide Youth Quality Animal Management curriculum is taught by trained Extension Educators and 4-H volunteers. Each session includes background information reinforced by hands-on activities and follow-up discussion. The program began in 2010 and focuses on twelve quality management practices or issues. The program is evaluated annually for educational content and practice change and adoption. Presenters: Linda Spahr, Lisa Jones and Pamela Tracey – Penn State Extension.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm Workshop Sessions: Friday 2

  • The Art of Storytelling: Making Cultural Connections

    Creating spellbinding narratives. Engaging in cross-cultural communication. Preserving family history. What one communication tool addresses all these activities? Storytelling! Teach your club members to become storytellers and watch as they bring humor, personal experience, and cultural richness to their own stories. We'll give you the tools to spark the next generation of storytellers in your community in this hands-on workshop. Presenter: Kirsten Merryman – University of Maryland Extension Horizons 4-H Club.

  • Mini-Sessions

  • Discovering and Preserving 4-H Photographs and Memorabilia (45 min)

    Discover new and fun ways to study history and collect and preserve 4-H items and records. Ideas on what can be collected, how it can be organized, and preserved so that 4-H members, alums, leaders--and the media - can benefit! Presenter: Jan Scholl – Penn State Extension.

  • Healthy Meetings and Events (45 min)

    Across the country, extension educators and 4-H volunteers plan meals and snacks for meetings, programs, conferences, trainings and other events. Developing easy methods and steps for those responsible to plan and offer healthy meals and snacks at a reasonable cost is the purpose of an ongoing Penn State Extension Family and Consumer Sciences initiative. Presenter: Mandel Smith – Penn State Extension.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Workshop Sessions: Friday 3

  • 10 Games that All Volunteers Should Know

    Join us for this opportunity to build your leader toolbag with 10 exciting no-props games for youth groups. A valuable collection of staff training techniques, activities, suggestions and ideas that will make your next training program active, engaging, effective, memorable and fun. Presenter: Dr. Jim Cain, Teamwork & Teamplay


Saturday, November 22nd

8:30 am – 10:00 am Workshop Sessions: Saturday 1

Virtual Forum Distance Sessions:

  • Healthy Meetings and Events (45 min)

    Across the country, extension educators and 4-H volunteers plan meals and snacks for meetings, programs, conferences, trainings and other events. Developing easy methods and steps for those responsible to plan and offer healthy meals and snacks at a reasonable cost is the purpose of an ongoing Penn State Extension Family and Consumer Sciences initiative. Presenter: Mandel Smith – Penn State Extension.

  • Animal Science Toolkit: Activities to Study the Basics of Animal Behavior and Husbandry (45 min)

    This workshop introduces youth to a variety of topics in animal science through fun activities. Youth and adult students in this workshop will participate in hands-on activities that will help them better understand animal behaviors and body language, disease transmission and prevention, and how animals use their senses to better understand their environment. Presenter: Laura Manzi – University of Maryland Extension.

Mini-Sessions:

  • Open To ALL...? (45 min)

    Diversity and inclusion in a safe environment with caring adults is one of the focuses of 4-H. Research shows that most schools and youth organizations are not prepared to support youth who choose to come out in their teens. Participants will learn techniques and explore resources available for supporting this high-risk group to make 4-H truly a "safe space". Presenters: Cynthia Warner, Jeff Myers and Darleen Binns – University of Maryland Extension.

  • Discovering and Preserving 4-H Photographs and Memorabilia (45 min)

    Discover new and fun ways to study history and collect and preserve 4-H items and records. Ideas on what can be collected, how it can be organized, and preserved so that 4-H members, alums, leaders--and the media--can benefit! Presenter: Jan Scholl – Penn State Extension.

  • AGsploration-Come AGsplore Animal Agriculture!

    "AGsploration: The Science of Maryland Agriculture" is a peer-reviewed National award winning curriculum designed to bridge the gap between agriculture and today's consumers. Participants will AGsplore the eight hands-on Animal Agriculture lessons on sheep and goats, horses, cattle, meat science, poultry, and digestive systems and learn how to receive the curriculum and evaluation materials. Presenters: Sheryl Bennett and David Gordon – University of Maryland Extension.

  • AGsploration-Come AGsplore Agriculture Technology

    "AGsploration: The Science of Maryland Agriculture" is a peer-reviewed National award winning curriculum designed to bridge the gap between agriculture and today's consumers. Participants will AGsplore the five hands-on Agriculture Technology lessons based on insect pests, aquaculture, genetics, food safety, and biosecurity and learn how to receive the curriculum and evaluation materials. Presenters: April Barczewski and Tom Hutson – University of Maryland Extension.

  • Reaching Diverse Audiences with 4-H Adventures In Science Programs in Montgomery County

    In 1990 a retired NASA scientist, who founded the program approached the Montgomery County 4-H staff to help them expand on their hands-on science program for children in the community. The goal was to supplement school science instruction and to inspire youth in the community with hands-on science and technology educational programs and to introduce them in science related carriers. In doing so youth participants explore fun experiences in math and science, learn about careers in science, engineering and other professions, prepare for life in a high-tech world and develop project demonstration and communication skills. The 4-H Adventure in Science Program is a hands-on scientific program for youth, ages 8-14. The program partnered with volunteers and professionals and operates the program at the NIH, NIST, Lockheed Martin, Johns Hopkins University, and Urban middle school sites, reaching about 250 youth each year. Presenter: Alganesh Piechocinski – University of Maryland Extension.

  • I Wonder Why? Using Interest and Inquiry in Youth-led Research

    The interests that bring youth together in 4-H can also be springboards to greater understanding of how science works. In youth-led research, they drive the inquiry process, from questions to experimentation and sharing their results. This experiential workshop will demonstrate the process of guiding members through inquiry and provide you with resources to help you implement the process back home. Presenter: Roberta Hunter - Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

  • 4-H WHEP: Getting Wild with the 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program

    The 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program challenges youth to use their knowledge of wildlife identification, ecological concepts, and wildlife management practices to develop Wildlife Management Plans. This workshop will provide background information about the National WHEP Contest, offer tips for developing a state or county competition, and will discuss ways the program can be used for local wildlife education. Presenters: Jim Serfass, Dwayne Murphy and Amanda Chesser – University of Maryland Extension.

  • Understanding Youth Engagement - Putting Research into Practice

    You're talking, are they listening? Sometimes it is hard to tell what kids are thinking just by looking. With the right information from current research, you will be able to understand the different modes of engagement, what they look like, and how you can inspire youth to transition from disengaged to engaged. Presenters: Tamara Pellien and Kaitlin Everett - Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

  • Marketing 4-H Effectively through Traditional Media and Internet – Part 1 of 2

    We all know 4-H is terrific! But believe it or not, many people do not know the full impact of our terrific program. This workshop you will learn how to write an effective press release, take and label a 4-H photo for the media, use social networking like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram effectively and safely, and create a free WordPress or eBlogger for your club. Presenter: Michele Walfred - University of Delaware Extension.

  • Kids Growing with Grains

    Explore the world of grains! An interactive look at the world of grains and how they play an important role in everyday life; learn the journey that grains take from the farm to your plate and everywhere in-between. Fun will be had by all as we investigate the science of grains and their nutritional benefit to us and animals. Presenters: Jamie Kenton, Donielle Axline and Becky Ridgeway – University of Maryland Extension.

  • Look What I Made! – Easy and Low Cost Craft Projects for Your Club Meetings

    See it…create it…share it. Come join the fun and add your own twist to some easy and low cost craft projects that you can teach at your club meetings or at camp. Have a cool idea? Bring it along to share with the class. Presenter: Mary Thomas – University of Maryland Extension Volunteer.

  • 4-H Reading Buddies: A Bridge to the Community and Path to Teen Leadership

    Experience a session of 4-H Reading Buddies - demonstrated by its teen planners—from story to craft to snack. Tips and techniques will be taught so you can join forces with your local library. Our successful fifteen-year formula combines reading with theme-based learning stations, games, and crafts. Introduce local children to 4-H and develop your teen members while promoting literacy. Presenters: Teen members of the University of Maryland Extension Lucky Clovers 4-H Club.

  • Make-It, Take-It – Part 1of 2

    In addition to writing about team and community building activities, Dr. Jim Cain is also a mechanical engineer and has learned how to make his own unique collection of teambuilding props. In this workshop, not only will you learn how to facilitate activities, but you will also be able to make (and take) some of Jim's favorite team and community building props with you at the conclusion of the program. For those programs where the budget is limited, this ‘nuts and bolts' workshop will show you how to truly ‘do it yourself.' Limited registration. Presenter: Dr. Jim Cain - Teamwork & Teamplay

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Workshop Sessions: Saturday 2

Virtual Forum Distance Sessions:

  • Understanding Youth Engagement - Putting Research into Practice (45 min)

    You're talking, are they listening? Sometimes it is hard to tell what kids are thinking just by looking. With the right information from current research, you will be able to understand the different modes of engagement, what they look like, and how you can inspire youth to transition from disengaged to engaged. Presenters: Tamara Pellien and Kaitlin Everett - Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

  • Stepping Stones to Citizenship (45 min)

    Citizenship has always been a hallmark of the 4-H program. The Citizenship subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Positive Youth Development team has created a resource guide for purposeful engagement for youth and adults learning and practicing citizenship in their club meetings and communities. Level One is geared toward 8-10 years old but can be adapted for all ages. Presenters: Ann Dunkerton, Suzanne Boarts and Pamela Paletta – Penn State Extension.

  • Mini Sessions:

  • Can't We All Just Get Along? (45 min)

    Why can't we all just get along? Who is responsible for our disagreements? What's a group to do when nobody seems to be working together? Come to this workshop and learn what conflict is all about. We'll look at how and why conflict occurs, determine if it's always a bad thing and see how to manage it. Presenter: Elaine Bailey – University of Maryland Extension.

  • Reaching Youth with Autism (45 min)

    Research on youth development indicates that high quality youth development programs at an early age can significantly influence the decisions and choices young people make. Today's youth need a variety of opportunities and caring adults to help them embrace changes and reach their full potential as individuals The Maryland Public Law 94-142 mainstream program has increased the awareness of disabled youth needs for 4-H program. Recognizing the needs, in 1998 this educator worked with Maryland Community Service for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC) to establish the community gardening program for youth ages 9-21. The CSAAC serve children and adolescents with autism helping them to learn meaningful skills to live and work in the community. Presenter: Alganesh Piechocinski– University of Maryland Extension.

  • Animal Science Toolkit: Fun Activities to Study the Basics of Animal Behavior and Husbandry

    This workshop introduces youth to a variety of topics in animal science through fun activities. Youth and adult students in this workshop will participate in hands-on activities that will help them better understand animal behaviors and body language, disease transmission and prevention and how animals use their senses to better understand their environment. Presenter: Laura Manzi – University of Maryland Extension.

  • AGsploration-Come AGsplore Agriculture and the Environment!

    "AGsploration: The Science of Maryland Agriculture" is a peer-reviewed National award winning curriculum designed to bridge the gap between agriculture and today's consumers. Participants will AGsplore the four hands-on Agriculture and the Environment lessons on the topics of conservation practices, pollution, watersheds and watershed species how they relate to agriculture and learn how to receive the curriculum and evaluation materials. Presenters: April Barczewski, Sheryl Bennett and David Gordon – University of Maryland Extension.

  • Take your 4-H Aerospace Program to New Heights—from Beginner to Advanced

    You can engage your young aerospace enthusiasts in an exciting learning experience by sponsoring a county- or state-level Aerospace Workshop and Challenge. Veteran 4-H aerospace volunteers from Maryland will show how your state can successfully run an Aerospace Engineering event that is rewarding and fun for your juniors, intermediates, and seniors. Detailed instructions and materials will be provided. Presenters: Rachel Harris, Joseph Schepis, Cathy Dobos, Andrew Dobos and Andrew Driesman – University of Maryland Extension Flying Tigers 4-H Club.

  • Environmental Science in your Club; for your Community, Country, and World

    What is environmental science? How can you incorporate environmental science in your 4-H club? If you do a quick internet search for environmental science activities you will find many options. How do you know which ones are based on research and sound science? This workshop will review the 4-H environmental science curriculum and discuss how to evaluate curriculum from other sources. Presenters: Dwayne Murphy, Jim Serfass and Jamie Kenton – University of Maryland Extension.

  • Insect Connections: A New 4-H Entomology Curriculum for School, Camp, and Club Programs

    Come and learn about a new 4-H curriculum developed by the University of Maryland Extension that introduces youth ages 8-11 to the world of insects! The hands-on, multi-disciplinary lessons include several different topics such as taxonomy, habitats, adaptations, ecosystems, and more. The activities introduced in the lessons are meant to be taught in a school, camp, or club setting. Presenters: Jim Serfass, Amanda Chesser, Beth Hill and Jamie Kenton – University of Maryland Extension.

  • Lost in Translation: Bringing Communication Back to Youth

    Do you ever feel like you best friend is a screen? Do you spend more time typing to people then you do talking to them? If you answered yes, then join us for this interactive class that will give you back the power of the spoken word and leave you with techniques to demonstrate just how important talking is to so many aspects of life. Presenter: Amanda Wahle – University of Maryland Extension.

  • Marketing 4-H Effectively through Traditional Media and Internet - Part 2 of 2

    We all know 4-H is terrific! But believe it or not, many people do not know the full impact of our terrific program. This workshop you will learn how to write an effective press release, take and label a 4-H photo for the media, use social networking like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram effectively and safely, and create a free WordPress or eBlogger for your club. Presenter: Michele Walfred - University of Delaware Extension.

  • Be Sense-Able: Healthy Choices Protect You for Life

    Healthy choices in 4-H is much more than the consideration of eating fruits, veggies, dairy, meats and grains. Choices that maintain our bodies throughout our lives are essential to learn at a young age. This class will help volunteers and teens learn new skills to equip 4-H members to gain life skills to protect their hearing and vision. Participants will learn how to use a decibel meter, protective glasses and hearing muffs. In addition, lessons related to the awareness of household chemical dangers related to eye safety is included. Hands on lessons will be shared that encourage youth/adults to make healthy choices related to protecting their senses and that will raise awareness of safety concerns, including resources to help show children how to maintain healthy ears and eyes. Presenters: Sharon Pahlman and Christine Johnston – University of Maryland Extension.

  • The Art of Storytelling: Making Cultural Connections

    Creating spellbinding narratives. Engaging in cross-cultural communication. Preserving family history. What one communication tool addresses all these activities? Storytelling! Teach your club members to become storytellers and watch as they bring humor, personal experience, and cultural richness to their own stories. We'll give you the tools to spark the next generation of storytellers in your community in this hands-on workshop. Presenter: Kirsten Merryman – University of Maryland Extension Horizons 4-H Club.

  • How Do They Get That Lonely?

    Youth of all ages, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds can become the victims of the "Loneliness" syndrome causing them to contemplate and attempt suicide. Teen and/or adults will participate in "hands-on" activities adapted from the 4-H curriculum that will enable them to conduct trainings helping youth develop their communication, stress-management and decision-making skills to cope with risky behavior. Presenter: Cynthia Warner – University of Maryland Extension.

  • Make It and Take It Workshop, Part 2 of 2

    In addition to writing about team and community building activities, Dr. Jim Cain is also a mechanical engineer and has learned how to make his own unique collection of teambuilding props. In this workshop, not only will you learn how to facilitate activities, but you will also be able to make (and take) some of Jim's favorite team and community building props with you at the conclusion of the program. For those programs where the budget is limited, this ‘nuts and bolts' workshop will show you how to truly ‘do it yourself.' Limited registration. Presenter: Dr. Jim Cain - Teamwork & Teamplay.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Workshop Sessions: Saturday 3

Virtual Forum Distance Sessions:

  • I wonder why? Using Interest and Inquiry in Youth-led Research (45 min)

    The interests that bring youth together in 4-H can also be springboards to greater understanding of how science works. In youth-led research, they drive the inquiry process, from questions to experimentation and sharing their results. This experiential workshop will demonstrate the process of guiding members through inquiry and provide you with resources to help you implement the process back home. Presenter: Roberta Hunter - Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

  • Are YOUR Internet Habits Healthy? (45 min)

    A presentation and discussion on best practices when using the Internet, mobile devices and social networks. We'll cover the basics and discuss how the Internet is misused. What kind of Internet etiquette do you practice? Are we sharing too much? How Web behavior can help or harm our long-term future? When should devices be put away? We will discuss texting and how cyber bullying How can the 4-H community help or lead in these important issues? Presenter: Michele Walfred - University of Delaware Extension.

Mini Sessions:

  • Campaign YOU: Translating 4-H To the Rest of the World (45 min)

    Your time in 4-H will end someday, but the skills you learned and the experiences you had never leave you. In this interactive session, learn how to market your 4-H experience to land the college acceptance, internship, or summer job of your dreams! Presenters: Jennifer Hill and Joshua Hiscock – University of Maryland Extension Volunteers.

  • Spit it Out WV! - Smokeless Tobacco Prevention Curriculum for Grades 3-6 (45 min)

    Learn about a new curriculum developed by WVU Extension Faculty Members to address smokeless tobacco use among elementary age youth using the 4-H Positive Youth Development Model. All participants will receive the curriculum free! Presenter: Donald Reed - WVU Extension Service.

  • Quality Kids, Quality Animals, Quality Management

    Through the 4-H Animal Science Program Penn State Extension has established a standard of care for all animal projects. All 4-H animal science youth are required to participate in training regarding three specific “Good Production Practices” annually. The statewide Youth Quality Animal Management curriculum is taught by trained Extension Educators and 4-H volunteers. Each session includes background information reinforced by hands-on activities and follow-up discussion. The program began in 2010 and focuses on twelve quality management practices or issues. The program is evaluated annually for educational content and practice change and adoption. Presenter: Presenter: Linda Spahr, Lisa Jones and Pamela Tracey– Penn State Extension.

  • AGsploration-Come AGsplore Plant Agriculture

    “AGsploration: The Science of Maryland Agriculture” is a peer-reviewed National award winning curriculum designed to bridge the gap between agriculture and today’s consumers. Participants will AGsplore the five hands-on Plant Agriculture lessons on soils, photosynthesis, grains, soybeans, and local food production and marketing and learn how to receive the curriculum and evaluation materials. Presenters: April Barczewski, Sheryl Bennett, David Gordon and Sharon Pahlman – University of Maryland Extension.

  • 4-H Robotics: Explore the Opportunities for Expansion

    Whether you are just thinking about getting started in 4-H Robotics or if you already have an active program, this Robotics open-house session will have something to offer. We will have multiple stations so you can visit the topics that interest you. Choose from: Fun ideas to use at year-round club meetings, 4-H Robotics curriculum guides, volunteer training resources, hands-on experience with platforms, FIRST competitions, ask-an expert connections. Presenter: Ann Sherrard, Amy Rhodes and Arlene Lantz – University of Maryland Extension.

  • Environmental Science in your club; for your Community, Country, and World - PART 2 of 2

    What is environmental science? How can you incorporate environmental science in your 4-H club? If you do a quick internet search for environmental science activities you will find many options. How do you know which ones are based on research and sound science? This workshop will review the 4-H environmental science curriculum and discuss how to evaluate curriculum from other sources. Presenter: Dwayne Murphy, Jim Serfass and Jamie Kenton – University of Maryland Extension.

  • Forget Doom and Gloom!--Understanding and Communicating Climate Change to Youth

    This workshop will empower you to be able to discuss what climate change is, and what it is not with audiences of all ages. We will discuss weather vs climate, temperature rise, albedo effect, sea level rise and how to inspire and not scare children about the subjects. Presenter: Kim Dixon – University of Maryland Extension.

  • Working with Parents: A Team Approach

    Are parents part of your 4-H club’s leadership team? Utilizing the strengths of parents can help you effectively work with parents. This workshop will provide 4-H Leaders with parent resources to strengthen parent involvement in their club programs. It will help leaders understand, utilize, and recognize parents as well as resolve conflicts to improve their club leadership team. Presenter: Martha Gregory, Mary Jo Kraft and Amy Shollenberger – Penn State Extension.

  • Speak Up! Speak Out! Be Heard!

    Empowering youth, encouraging civic engagement and reinforcing pride in community by involving teens in meaningful and positive political activism. Workshop presents hands-on activities that enhance youth’s skills in teamwork, youth and adult partnerships, decision-making, public speaking, leadership, organizational skills, critical thinking and increased self-confidence. Presenter: Cynthia Warner, University of Maryland Extension.

  • Using Experiential Learning in 4-H Entrepreneurship Programs

    UVM Dollar Enterprise Program. Following the STEM education requirements, this workshop will share a comprehensive educational program using science-based research to design, develop, implement, and evaluate learning experiences and outcomes of Entrepreneurship Education using $1 as seed money. Participants will receive clear guidance in program development. Hands-on activities will assist and motivate participants to design your own curriculum and assessment tools. Presenter: Kathleen Liang - University of Vermont.

  • 4-H Volunteers - Spark Youth Imagination in Action through Theatre!

    Open the world of theatre to youth in your community through the 2013 Imagination in Action National 4-H Council Theatre Arts curriculum! 4-Hers' will develop creative self-expression and interpersonal skills as they engage in a variety of exciting activities such as improvisation, pantomime, puppetry, playwriting, costume design and mask making. In this "hands on" workshop, participants will learn how to conduct theatre arts activities and will receive sample activities from the curriculum. Presenter: Ellen Williams - Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

  • Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!

    Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active! is an interactive after-school education program for youth ages 11 to 13 that helps young people better understand the complex media world around them and how it can influence their health. In this workshop, attendees will learn more about this free curriculum and how to lead an MSY program in their local communities. Presenter: Katie Rush - National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Richard Lerner

Dr. Richard Lerner

For more than a decade, preeminent youth development scholar, Dr. Richard Lerner, and the team at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University have been working with faculty at land-grant universities to conduct The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development. Lerner is known for his theory of relations between life-span human development and social change, and for his research about the relations between adolescents and their peers, families, schools, and communities. Drs. Richard M. Lerner and Jacqueline V. Lerner, and the team at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, Medford, MA, are influencing research and practice around the world. Dr. Lerner will address The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development.

Steve Stark

Steve Stark

Steve Stark is an illustrator, presenter and teacher who has delighted audiences with his presentations on a variety of subjects across the country. He was a North Dakota State University Extension Service communications specialist for 10 years and has appeared on The History Channel. His unique Illustrated History presentations are a combination of historical storytelling and giant drawings created as he speaks to you. Steve will speak on the historic journey of Extension and 4-H in recognition of the celebration of the centennial of the signing of the Smith–Lever Act which formalized the Cooperative Extension System.

Jim Cain

Dr. Jim Cain

Teambuilding guru Dr. Jim Cain is the author of a dozen books filled with team and community building activities from around the world. For the past 40+ years he has traveled the United States and the world sharing knowledge in groupbuilding, much of which he learned as a 4-H camp counselor in Ohio (where Jim was a 10 year 4-H member). Over the years, Jim's work has included teambuilding programs for NASA (the Lunar Mars project), corporations on four continents, colleges, summer camps and last year, quite a bit of Australia and New Zealand. Most days, you will find Jim writing, building something in his workshop, planning or delivering his next train-the-trainer program and cooking something international in his kitchen (all skills that he learned in 4-H!)

Tours

Tour Sessions: Friday - Click here for more information

  • Aquatic Adventures in Baltimore $35
  • Agriculture, Environmental Stewardship and History $25
  • Are you "Up for The Challenge?" $25

Sponsors

We would cordially like to invite you to be a part of this great gathering. As a sponsor you will be able to reach a core group of 4-H volunteers who are eager to try new things and ready to share what they have learned. This will provide you with a unique opportunity to promote your business to generous people from 13 states at one grand event! Packages are available at a variety of rates or a unique package can be designed to fit your needs.

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Amethyst Clover - $250

Promotional Opportunities

  • Company name & logo on printed and electronic conference materials

Aquamarine Clover - $500

Promotional Opportunities

  • Company name & logo on printed and electronic conference materials

Ruby Clover - $1,000

Promotional Opportunities

  • Company name & logo on printed and electronic conference materials
  • Company logo and link on Maryland 4-H Foundation website for one year
  • MD 4-H Foundation Facebook page "Like"

Sapphire Clover - $2,500

Unique Opportunities for Sapphire Level

  • Include promo item in conference tote
  • Booth space during Welcome Fair

Promotional Opportunities

  • Company name & logo on printed and electronic conference materials
  • Company logo and link on Maryland 4-H Foundation website for one year
  • MD 4-H Foundation Facebook page "Like"

Emerald Clover - $5,000

Unique Opportunities for Emerald Level

  • Table tents with company name and & logo
  • Include promo item in conference tote
  • Booth space during Welcome Fair

Promotional Opportunities

  • Company name & logo on printed and electronic conference materials
  • Company logo and link on Maryland 4-H Foundation website for one year
  • MD 4-H Foundation Facebook page "Like"

Diamond Clover - $10,000

Unique Opportunities for Diamond Level

  • Speaking opportunity during Saturday's lunch
  • Table tents with company name and & logo
  • Include promo item in conference tote
  • Booth space during Welcome Fair

Promotional Opportunities

  • Company name & logo on printed and electronic conference materials
  • Company logo and link on Maryland 4-H Foundation website for one year
  • MD 4-H Foundation Facebook page "Like"

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Quilt

Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. Contact Amanda Clougherty to purchase tickets or request the quilt for your 4-H event to sell tickets. 301-314-7835 or akbrown@umd.edu

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4-H Mini Mall

Would you like a venue to market and sell your products to a 4-H audience representing 13 states? Then we invite you to participate in our 4-H mini mall. Are you a 4-H member or 4-H club who has an entrepreneur project? Or A local Small Business? Bring your project and sell your products at the Volunteer Forum! This is a new offering at this event! We are excited to offer the opportunity to showcase our 4-H and local business items to a 13 state attendee audience! Questions, contact Amanda Clougherty at akbrown@umd.edu

Participation fees are as follows

  • $10 4-H member
  • $20 4-H club
  • $30 local business

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Conference Hotel

The Marriott Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland University College
3501 University Blvd
East-Hyattsville, MD 20783

Dates: November 20-23, 2014
Rates for Forum: $114 Cozy King & Double Rooms
Room Block: Closes when full or on October 30th
Reservation: Book Online

Volunteer as a Workshop Host

If you would like to volunteer to be workshop room host, please send an email to Chris Anderson at canders2@umd.edu.

Workshop Host - Duties

  • Check in at the Information Desk to pick-up your Host Packet during breakfast on the morning of your assigned workshop. The packet will include: host instructions, speaker biography, roster of workshop participants, evaluation instruments, Thank you gift for the presenter(s).
  • Arrive 15 minutes early to make sure the workshop room is set-up correctly. This includes chairs, accommodations for attendees with special needs, and necessary AV items (laptop, screen, flipchart pads, markers, etc.).
  • Check AV equipment to make sure it is functioning.
  • Welcome presenter(s) and attend to needs of presentation such as distribution of handouts or dimming room lights, etc.
  • Introduce presenter. A brief bio will be provided for you (you may add other items as needed after you meet the presenter).
  • Monitor doors to session to minimize distraction. Close the doors when the workshop is full. When convenient space is available and if the activities of the presentation permit, allow late arrivals to join the session.
  • Monitor workshop time and keep presenter(s) informed with 10 minute, 5 minute, and ending time reminders.
  • Distribute and collect workshop evaluation instruments at the end of the session.
  • Present speaker(s) with thank you gift at the end of the session.


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