Tag: Leadership

Extension Agents – Neighbors You Should Get to Know

Curious how Extension became a staple part of your community? Nora Rhoades discusses the history of Extension in Kansas and the Post Rock District on our blog. Learn why extension agents are neighbors you should get to know!

We’re here to help you in the Post Rock District! Learn more about your Post Rock Extension District’s Agent Team, and reach out to us at your local extension office in Beloit, Lincoln, Mankato, Osborne, and Smith Center. We are excited to serve you!

By:  Nora Rhoades

Upcoming Facilitation Training

The Extension Master Community Facilitator program helps equip Kansans to assist local communities with community vitalization and develop efforts. Volunteers trained in the art of facilitation are skilled at hosting effective meeting, have the ability to assist with strategic planning, and lead conversations related to identify critical issues.

If you like organizing, engaging people, and feel there is a better way; then becoming an Extension Master Facilitator Volunteer may be for you. There is a comprehensive training program coming to Stockton, KS in September. To learn more about the experience and identify how to register, visit http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/. You can also contact Nora Rhoades or Ashley Svaty at your local Post Rock District Office with questions.

By:  Nora Rhoades

Grant Writing Workshop

Individuals and community groups can learn more about writing successful grant proposals at a workshop planned in Beloit on October 23rd.  The workshop is presented by Nancy Daniels, a community vitality specialist with K-State Research and Extension and the author of many grant proposals.  The training will be at NCK Technical College from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and includes lunch.  The cost to attend is $25.

For information and how to register for the event click here.

By: Aliesa Woods

Family and Community Wellness

We’re so much more than old-school home economics. Family and Consumer Science Agents help build healthy, vibrant communities, families, and individuals. We are a leading force in your hometown and offer educational workshops for all ages and stages of life.

Nora Rhoades and Ashley Svaty, your local Family and Consumer Science Agents, are building partnerships and planning educational experiences for the fall and winter months. To start the conversation about bringing a life-changing experience to your community, contact a Post Rock District Office!

By:  Nora Rhoades

Making Career Connections

Young children begin acting out their futures through play with limitless imaginations about their talents and interests. As youth grow, teenagers inherit desires to self-explore while developing a unique definition of individuality. With self-exploration comes an increased expectation of responsibility and a greater understanding of one’s community, culture and society. It is throughout one’s adolescent years when career exploration becomes a decision-making process, which aligns values with talents in order to pursue a career that meets needs while also providing satisfaction.

Summer vacation is a great opportunity for teens to focus on career exploration.

  • Interview people who are employed in an occupation.
  • Job shadow someone in a career appealing to you.
  • Serve an internship or apply for a part-time job with a business or organization.
  • Volunteer with an organization, doing tasks relevant to your possible future career.
  • Attend a career fair or a job fair.

As you go about your exploration, be sure to pay attention to detail and take notes. Career decision-making will require a lot of personal reflection to best determine what opportunities are a good fit. Some things to consider include:

  • What personal characteristics, qualities, skills, and abilities are needed to work in this career?
  • What are two or more characteristics of this position that appeal to me?
  • Describe a typical work day or work week?
  • Would I enjoy doing this every day? Why or why not?
  • What steps must I take to prepare myself to work in this career (such as education, licensing, certification)?
  • What can I learn in school that will help me in this career?
  • What are the working conditions and physical demands of this career?
  • What are the benefits of this career (such as salary, health, and travel)?
  • What are future prospects and outlook for this career?

By:  Nora Rhoades

Community Leaders Engage in Critical Community Health Conversations

In a move to create a more prominent “culture of health” in our region, community leaders representing Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne and Smith Counties participated in a series of meetings Kansas State University organized across the state of Kansas.

They had one goal in mind: to make Kansans healthier.

Read more about these conversations, and discover why it is important for our communities to make health and wellness a priority at http://postrockextension.blogspot.com/2018/04/post-rock-district-community-leaders.html

By:  Nora Rhoades

Raise Your Hand For Kansas Youth – Help 4-H Win $20,000!

In 4-H, we believe in the power of America’s youth to succeed in life; however, only one in three youth say they have the skills they need to handle what life throws their way.

That’s why 4-H created “Raise Your Hand.” A nationwide call to action for alumni and friends to “Raise Your Hand” to empower our nation’s youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime.

The state with the most hands raised will win $20,000 for their local 4-H programs. Help bring high-quality 4-H experiences to even more youth right here in Kansas!

4-H gives youth the opportunity to learn by doing, grow from failure and develop the skills they need to make a difference in their community. We’re asking you, friends and alumni of 4-H, to Raise Your Hand to support 4-H’ers in Kansas!

 

“Voting” is easy – simply go online to www.4-H.org/RaiseYourHand. The contest ends May 15, so Raise Your Hand now and select KANSAS.

By:  Nora Rhoades