Author Archives: staceyellison

Tis the Season- Of 4-H County Events Prep!

The holidays are upon us, and my kids will soon be out of school for several days.  During that time we will probably complete our annual Harry Potter marathon, make some crafts (I personally can’t stand making crafts, but the … Continue reading

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Don’t Let them Steal Your Joy

I have said before, and I will continue to say, being a 4-H agent is the best job in the world.  I have not only met both youth and adults I would never have otherwise, but I’ve had real life … Continue reading

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The Rise of Episodic Volunteers

I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all busy.  The result of this shows as we look at volunteer research.  Long-term committed volunteerism is down, and episodic volunteerism is up. What does that mean to your county 4-H program? You’ve got to … Continue reading

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A Paper Clip to Conquer Prejudice

Whitwell, Tennessee is rural, blue-collar and largely homogenous (97% White) making it an unlikely setting for one of the most powerful documentaries on teaching tolerance and respect that I have ever seen. Paper Clips is a 2004 documentary film which … Continue reading

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“What’s That Hammer Looking Thingy?”

As a 4-H alumna, I grew up exposed to Robert’s Rules of Order and parliamentary procedure.  But that is not everyone’s experience.  It may not be your volunteers’ experience, it may not have been your experience.  While you can certainly … Continue reading

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4-H Science Inquiry Videos

Are you looking for some new resources for 4-H STEM?  Check out these Science Inquiry videos from Oregon State University’s 4-H program: 4-H Science Inquiry Videos

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Volunteer Training? Let Me Count the Ways

“How do you train your volunteers?” If you are like most, you typically have an answer like, “Once a month at volunteer leader meetings.”  OR  “Quarterly”  OR “Once at the beginning of the year” OR some other variation. Actually, you … Continue reading

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