About the Regional 4-H PYD Network
The Regional 4-H PYD Champion Network consists of two 4-H professionals from Land-Grant Universities (LGUs) across the five Extension Regions. Champions are chosen through a competitive application process for a three year term. Champions work together in their Extension regions under the leadership of a national facilitator to advance the understanding and use of the 4-H Thriving Model as the theory of positive youth development in 4-H. Regional networks focus primarily on capacity building efforts for 4-H professionals and volunteers, with a special focus on promoting a consistent, correct, and complete understanding of positive youth development in their state and region.
The overall aim of the Regional 4-H PYD Network is to ensure consistency in understanding and describing the way that 4-H impacts the positive development of youth. This will be accomplished through PYD capacity building with 4-H professionals and volunteers, leading to improved PYD programming, and stronger and clearer program impact. Ultimately the aim of the regional 4-H PYD Champion network is to secure the position of 4-H the leader in positive youth development programming.
Regional 4-H PYD Champion Network Goals
- Build an accurate and consistent translation of the science of youth development into 4-H practice based on the 4-H Thriving Model, the science of learning and development and best practices identified in youth development literature.
- Increase 4-H professional and volunteer capacity for designing and implementing high quality 4-H programs that promote youth thriving.
- Work collaboratively within Extension regions to identify PYD capacity strengths and needs.
- Develop materials and resources to facilitate PYD capacity building with 4-H professionals and volunteers
- 4-H professional status
- Desire to support a consistent model of PYD across the 4-H system
- Experience in leading professional capacity building efforts
- Commitment to a three-year term
- Commitment to active participation and leadership in regional network activities, including monthly virtual gatherings and at least one sub-group effort
- Available dedicated time for participation (approximately 5-10 hours/month)
- Confidence in teaching and leading
- Support from State 4-H Program leader and immediate supervisor
- Travel support to attend one in-person session annually (pending additional funding, typically in conjunction with the NAE4-HYDP Conference)
Applications are accepted from 4-H professionals affiliated with a LGU 4-H program. Applications are only accepted from LGUs who do not currently have two (2) champions. Application for network membership is open twice yearly:
- July 1 open; July 31 deadline
- December 1 open; December 31 deadline
For More Information:
Questions about the Regional 4-H PYD Champion Network can be directed to:
Maria Walker, Regional 4-H PYD Champion Network Facilitator: firstname.lastname@example.org