UW-Madison Division of Extension Brown County is now hiring for two full-time positions.
- 4-H Program Educator: leads and manages the full range of the 4-H program including clubs, after school programs, educational experiences, and camps. Program Educators also design, deliver, and evaluate research-based educational programming and services aligned with the position's programmatic focus.
- FoodWIse Nutrition Coordinator: provides leadership for the Brown County FoodWIse Program. The Nutrition Coordinator will be responsible for staff training and supervision; program planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting; and developing and managing the local program budget. The Nutrition Coordinator works closely with nutrition educators and partner agencies to plan and implement interventions that improve healthy food access and make healthy food and physical activity choices practical and available to community members with limited incomes.
The ideal candidates are adept at building and maintaining trust-based relationships, engaging stakeholders and applying an equity lens towards transforming lives and communities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.
For more information or to apply click here to visit the UW-Madison jobs site.
May 18 & 19, 10:00AM-12:00PM
June 1 & 2, 6:30-8:30PM
June 8 & 9, 6:30-8:30PM
June 22 & 23, 1:00-3:00PM
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Parents Forever will assist unmarried, separated, or divorced parents in successfully navigating a family transition. Topics discussed include cooperative co-parenting strategies, personal wellness, communication, and children's needs.
The Parents Forever curriculum is based on research about the impact of divorce and separation on families and how to not only survive, but thrive, after this family transition. Because of its focus on both parents and children, Parents Forever can benefit the entire family.
Questions? Contact Todd Wenzel, Extension Educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-448-4090 Ext. 2 or 920-391-4658.
Help kick off June dairy month with Breakfast on the Farm. Join Brown County Dairy Promotions and hosts, Collins Dairy LLC, for a delicious dairy brunch, drive thru farm tour, and dairy fun for the whole family!
- Event Date: June 6, 2021
- Time: 8am-12pm
- Event Address: 3489 Hill Road, Greenleaf, WI 54126
- Tickets: $7 Adults; $4 Children 5-10; FREE Children 4 & Under (no pre sale)
This event would not be possible without outstanding community members who volunteer each year. Volunteers are needed for traffic control, the tour route, preparing food, and many other areas. If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to sign up!
For more information about this event or Brown County Dairy Promotions, click here to visit their website.
FREE virtual small group conversations for nonprofit leaders on the pressing management issues of today. Discuss timely topics with a small group of peers and invited discussants who share knowledge and participate in Q&A. Conversations are lightly facilitated by our faculty. FREE to participate, but registration required and limited to the first 20 who sign up. Check out the full article for 2021 dates and registration links.
Rosecrance Health Network has just announced a new podcast series:
We are pleased to announce the launch of our new podcast, “On Your Radar,” a new series hosted by WGN radio personality John Williams. Each in-depth episode will feature relevant, educational subjects covering substance use and mental health topics. We invite you to join us as we explore the latest issues, advances and breakthroughs in treatment.
Our first series, “Teens in Crisis,” features six episodes covering the effects of COVID-19 on teens. Episode one, “Epidemic within the Pandemic,” features Dr. Tom Wright, Rosecrance Chief Medical Officer and Clinical Director of Adolescent Services Jason Relle, LCPC.
Topics discussed will include but are not limited to:
- The stress of isolation for teens during COVID-19.
- The mental, emotional and biological effects of isolation on teens.
- Recognizing and managing the needs of teens living in isolation.
- Recognizing the warning signs of mental health and substance use.
- Providing guidance and support for teens during COVID-19
- The mask as a metaphor for hiding our feelings
Click here for more information on each episode within the first series tpic, Teens in Crisis.
Project Recovery is an outreach program working with individuals, families, and communities impacted by COVID-19 throughout the state of Wisconsin. Trained outreach workers provide community-based support and education to help farmers, farmworkers, and their communities cope during this stressful time.
Project Recovery is a service made possible through partnerships between FEMA, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, WISCAP Wisconsin Community Action Program and SWCAP Southwest Community Action Program, a consortium of counties in southwest Wisconsin.
Outreach workers are available to provide free, anonymous emotional support and connection to resources.
1-833-FARM-HELP (1-833-327-6435) is the farmer crisis hotline, it is put in place to help anyone experiencing stress related to the pandemic (toll-free).
Freshly picked fruits and vegetables are flavorful, healthy and nutritious, and they will last longer in your fridge! Local, sustainable farms help keep our environment clean. They create less pollution and use fewer harmful chemicals which protects our air, water and soil.
When you support small farms and businesses, you keep money in your local community and support other hard working families.
Fresh Farm Atlas has provided a brochure that outlines how to obtain fresh, local food as well as how to choose in-season produce.
Badger Talks is pleased to present a Facebook Live series of talks on topics that intend to inspire, delight, and pleasantly distract in a time we are all needing positive experiences. Tune in to hear UW– Madison faculty and staff experts on a variety of interesting and engaging topics. Not able to watch the live talk? Don't worry! All talks are recorded and available for viewing at your convienence.
Click here to see a list of upcoming Badger Talks Live or view past talks.
A Tool to Help You Build Resilience During Difficult Times
In this unprecedented period of global uncertainty, The Wellness Society felt it was necessary to put together this workbook to provide our community with much needed support.
The first thing to note right now is that it’s completely normal to be experiencing a wide range of
emotions. Accepting your feelings is an important first step to building resilience. The simple act of
naming your emotions has been found to benefit wellbeing. So, take a moment now to tune intoyour body and notice how you’re feeling. Circle the emotions that you identify with:
Remember: It’s okay to feel discomfort. Accepting distress is often the quickest way to feel
immediately calmer. Click here to view the workbook to help build your toolbox in dealing with Coronavirus.
Watch both series on the University of Wisconsin-Extension Human Development and Relationships Facebook page!
The decision to see others or engage in activities is very personal. To help individuals and families think through these choices, Extension's Life Span Program has developed a decision guide. The guide walks users through the decision-making process, helping you to weigh out your own risks and benefits of interacting with others in your home or in public spaces. Those who prefer a more interactive tool can download a worksheet and/or flowchart that will take you through a series of questions and considerations. Access the guide here or contact your Extension office at 920-391-4610 for a printed copy.
- Amy Stockhausen, a pediatrician at UW Health, on talking to teenagers about the challenges of life during an outbreak. She offers additional tips on how to provide extra support for teens during COVID-19.
Watch the interview with Amy Stockhausen.
Thank you to WFRV Local 5 for the wonderful news story that highlighted the Brown County Community Gardens Program. Check it out on their website by clicking here!
For more information on the program, click here to be directed to the Community Gardens webpage.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local food pantries report there is great need for more fresh produce donations to meet clients' needs. By signing up and pledging to donate a portion of their harvest, local gardeners can help ensure all community members have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Read the press release and find out how to get involved here. Free seed potatoes and rain gauges are available for participants, while supplies last.
Tap the resources of University of Wisconsin-Extension, Brown County. Extension can provide information, training and direction based on the goals of your organization. After an initial assessment, Extension will develop a flexible class schedule and plan, working with your organization to best determine class location and format to maximize attendance and return. Click here for more information on how Extension can help your organization.
To support the growing food truck and food cart industry through the COVID-19 emergency, UW-Madison, Division of Extension has developed a comprehensive resource designed to help business owners implement best practices in food safety, identify new business opportunities, and utilize resources such as grants, loans, and childcare support. Please click here to access this guide.
View the website here.
But UW–Madison’s Cindy Kuhrasch, who oversees the School of Education’s physical education teacher education program, sees these new circumstances as an opportunity to showcase the full potential that PE can have in children’s lives.
To help parents come up with ideas, Kuhrasch, her colleagues, and students are updating the UW-Madison physical education teacher education program’s Facebook page regularly to provide free resources and inspiration for staying active at home.
View the webpage and full article here.
Providing child care to the essential workforce is critical to flattening the curve of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. To meet this need, Governor Evers created the Child Care for Essential Workers Taskforce. Click here for an informational flyer on the taskforce. Led by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the taskforce is working with the Early Childhood Association (WECA) and Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) to connect essential workforce families in need of child care with locally available child care resources.
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) understands that certain families need continued child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure the safety of families and child care setting staff, click here to view a list of tips for parents to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
DCF is excited to launch two new tools to help connect essential workforce families to local, safe child care. Healthcare workers and essential employees are now able to submit a request for care by clicking here through the department’s updated Child Care Finder or proactively view up-to-date availability across the state using the department’s new child care map by clicking here.
More information for providers, essential workers and families can be found on the DCF COVID-19 Child Care webpage at https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/childcare
Find the full article here.
What do we tell children in times of uncertainty like these? There are no easy answers but Travis Wright, an associate professor of counseling psychology at the School of Education at UW-Madison, offers some suggestions in this article.
The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is impacting households, communities, and businesses. A new national survey shows that 1 in 5 households in the US have already had their income cut or stopped altogether. Click here for financial resources to help you through COVID-19.
Coronavirus is making life stressful for everyone. If you're in isolation at home with kids, you're probably hearing the phrase "I'm bored" a lot!
Beat the boredom by trying out this weeks NEW featured resource:
Kid-friendly safe recipes!
Or try engaging your kids with one of these fun activities:
Scrub Club – a cartoon game about handwashing with a fun song
Coloring Placemats – free printable placemats with activities
Smart Kids Fight BAC! – a classic cartoon video about food safety
As you may be aware, Extension Brown County along with the UW-Madison community have been keeping a close eye on developments around the novel coronavirus COVID-19. All Extension in-person activities at least through May 3rd are postponed or cancelled.
Although we are physically distancing, we hope to connect with the public now more than ever with the power of the internet and social media. Our educators are working hard to bring content virtually to your home. Our Facebook pages are being populated daily with ideas to keep your mind and body healthy and to help us stay connected with eachother as a community. Please use the links below to like our Facebook pages.
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If you do not want to connect with Facebook, please use the links below to see our news section for each department. We have the same content that is being shared on Facebook here.
General Extension News
4-H Positive Youth Development News
Social distancing does not mean social disconnect. Call, email, message, comment, hashtag - stay active and stay connected!
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Brown County 4-H clubs and groups together raised nearly 600 pounds of aluminum tabs by collecting at various events and locations throughout Brown County. Through additional partner-ships and charitable contributions from local organizations, Hap-py Valley 4-H club will present a donation of more than 700,000 aluminum tabs as well as additional cash donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Wisconsin. They’re not stop-ping there.
“Our vision is to be able to continue the program each year and hopefully grow and expand to include everyone, whether you collect handful of pop tabs or hundreds of pounds,” said club leader Nicki Van Deurzen.
Anyone interested in helping Brown County 4-H to collect pop tabs can contact email@example.com.