July 13, 2014

You may not have noticed it with all the parades and picnics and fireworks, but a new version of Y4Y was rolled out for you over July Fourth weekend!

This upgrade was mainly to the backend infrastructure that powers the Y4Y portal.  What this means for you, the frontend user, is faster load times and a portal that’s generally quicker and easier to use.

One thing you’ll surely notice is the completely redesigned Discussion Boards. All your favorite topics are still there, and all previously existing conversation threads and uploads were successfully converted to the new format. The new design will make it easier for you to navigate and participate. Now you can also Subscribe to your favorite topics, so when someone posts something new on topic of interest you’ll automatically get an email letting you know. As always, if you want to do more than just read the posts, you have to be registered and signed in to participate in the Discussions!

The new site is also more secure than ever before, thanks to the addition of a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate similar to those found on your favorite e-commerce sites. You can never be too careful in this day and age, so a little added security will keep everyone’s information that much safer.

 


July 13, 2014

Join us on Tuesday, July 15, at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)/10:00 a.m. (Pacific) for an expert webinar on Program Evaluation with Y4Y. Our guest speakers will be Angela Hernandez-Marshall, Team Leader, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, U.S. Department of Education; Dr. Lisa St. Clair, Assistant Professor at the Munroe Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center; and Jane Sharp, an Evaluation Consultant at Sharp Ideas, LLC. Your host for this event will be Monique McDowell-Russell, Y4Y Training Specialist.

We’ll learn more about the overall purpose of program evaluation, understand how evaluation data can lead to continuous improvement and sustainability, learn how to put evaluation into practice in your program, and see some examples of how the Y4Y portal can support your evaluation efforts.

All Y4Y webinars are free so register today! 

 


July 13, 2014

The Y4Y team recently visited South Dakota and met with practitioners around a variety of topics. During a discussion of Civic Learning and Engagement, participants discussed ideas to engage students as active members of the community and help students develop entrepreneurial skills.   This led to a discussion of healthy eating programs.  One participant—Christopher—shared resources that help teach students business skills through gardening and farming. You’ll find links to the program examples that were shared at the bottom of this article. Thank you to Christopher and to all of our participants from South Dakota for sharing with us and with one another!

http://spencefarmfoundation.org/field-days/seeding-the-next-generation-of-farmers/

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/smallfarm/links.html