WCC Weekly Bulletin Week of 2/22

The following bulletin includes information regarding the Well Connected Communities initiative for the week of February 22, 2021:

In this Edition

  • Upcoming WCC Webinars
  • Reporting
  • Important Announcements
  • WCC Communications Update
  • Youth Voice and Leadership
  • Professional Development
  • National Health Outreach Conference

Upcoming WCC Webinars

  • Professional Development
    • Peer Perspectives: Creating PSE Change

February 25, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET

Policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change are powerful tools for expanding impact, fostering culture change, and sustaining progress. PSE change takes time and can look different in every community. Communities across the country have helped light the way, creating practices and patterns that help make PSE change more doable than ever. Join us to hear how WCC peers are scaling impact through PSE and participate in small group discussion for how your states/communities take action. We will be joined by Patti Schmitt from CSU, Dennis Scott from WVU and Kane Reeves from TSU. Learn more:WCC Blog: Understanding Policy, Systems and Environmental Change


  • Youth Voice and Leadership
    • Promising Practices to Elevate WCC Youth-Adult Partnerships- A Status Report

March 16, 2021, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Youth-adult partnerships are a cornerstone for WCC success, and many action plans for engaging youth have been derailed due to COVID.  However, YAP models of youth engagement are emerging, and educators have found workarounds to get youth inspired.  Join the webinar and peer discussion on March 16 at 1 PM to learn about the status of WCC YAP in Wave 2 Year 2, what are these promising practices, and see an evidence-based rubric to help you assess the strength of your youth-adult partnerships. 


WCC Reporting

  • Year 2 Q1 Reporting Due March 15, 2021
  • Action Required The Q4 report will be due March 15, 2021. The reporting period is December 1, 2021 – February 28, 2021.

Important Announcements

  • Master Volunteer Curriculum
  • Please note that the Master Volunteer Curriculum is now public on the WCC Website. Find it here.
  • Quarterly PI Call
    • If you were unable to attend the February 19th PI Call, a recording of the meeting can be found on the portal here.

WCC Communications Update

  • We are getting ready to add a new feature to the public website that maps all of our communities and provides a mini-profile for each. (An expanded public community profile is planned for launch soon after that.) Please help us out by providing the following for each of your WCC communities
    • Community coalition name
    • Coalition online presence/s (on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, website, etc.)

Please send the above information to Jen GE at JGrizzard@fourhcouncil.edu.

Youth Voice and Leadership

  • Youth in Action Applications

The 4‑H Youth in Action Program recognizes four confident young leaders with diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives in our core pillar areas: agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living and STEM. Each year, Pillar Winners will experience an exciting year of telling their 4‑H story and celebrating their leadership. Winners receive:

  • $5,000 higher education scholarship
  • Promotional video showcasing their 4‑H impact story
  • All-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for National 4‑H Council’s Legacy Awards
  • Networking opportunities with 4‑H celebrities and other prominent alumni
  • Recognition as the official 4‑H youth spokesperson for their pillar

Apply Applications should be submitted no later than 11:59 PM PT on Monday, March 29, 2021.

This program supports the implementation and delivery of mentoring services to youth who are currently abusing or addicted to drugs, youth at risk for abusing drugs, and youth with family members who are currently abusing or addicted to drugs. Mentoring services can be one-to-one, group, peer, or a combination. Funding can be used to support new mentoring matches or continue existing mentoring matches at the time of application. Closing date: March 16, 2021.

The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) is a multi-year initiative aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in high risk rural communities. This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under RCORP-Implementation. Closing date: March 12, 2021.

Professional Development

  • 2021 National Extension Conference on Volunteerism, April 26-29, 2021

The National Extension Conference on Volunteerism Planning Committee and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, encourages those who are interested to save April 26-29, 2021, for the National Extension Conference on Volunteerism “NECV” 2021! Plans are underway for an exciting Extension professional conference with a focus on volunteerism at the Hard Rock Hotel and Conference Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This conference is ideal for volunteer-focused professionals who are serving within all areas of Extension programs (4-H, ANR, FCS). For information about calls for proposals and registration opening:

Join the NECV 2021 interest list-serv at: http://eepurl.com/gY8Pzz.

Follow developments on Facebook at www.facebook.com/1NECV/

National Health Outreach Conference

  • 2021 National Health Outreach Conference, May 3-7, 2021

The conference will be held virtually May 3-7, 2021. With the theme of “The Grand Challenge: Building a Healthy Future for All,” there will be sessions related to health equity, effective behavior change messaging, policy system and environmental change, health behavior, and pandemic response programming. Keynote speakers, concurrent and posters sessions will be relevant for professionals who address health, nutrition, youth development, workforce development, and human development. See https://cvent.me/Ygg1N0 for additional details about the conference.

Purpose: To showcase research, best practices and dissemination strategies that will create positive impact on the health of all Americans.

  1. Educate attendees about best practices for translating current research and health-related recommendations to target audiences, especially youth, minority and workforce audiences.
  2. Prepare attendees to translate research using communication practices and approaches to address health issues for target audience.
  3. Explore how to develop successful collaborations of multi-disciplinary partners to effect system, community and individual behavior changes to build population health.

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