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4-H Afterschool Program

The 4-H Afterschool Club teaches children basic life skills including math, reading, science, positive communication, goal setting, self-responsibility, decision-making and good nutrition. Youth who have these life skills are less likely to participate in risky behaviors.

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4-H Youth Development

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

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4-H Youth Development | Camp Program

Nevada has been involved in 4-H camping since the first 4-H camp took place on the University of Nevada, Reno campus in 1930. For about 79 years in Nevada, 4-H camping has been a proven and effective method of reaching, teaching and involving youth in leadership skills development. Each year, more than 500 youth participate in 4-H camping programs at Lake Tahoe Nevada 4-H Camp. Other 4-H camping programs take place across the state.

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Calming the Waters: Learning to Manage Western Water Conflict

Conflict has surrounded the Truckee, Carson and Walker River Basins for decades. Key issues include historical use on tribal lands, historical and current water rights, threats to water quality, and wildlife habitat protection. This program teaches youth about Nevada’s water issues and helps them develop the skills needed to address future water conflicts.

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Career Edge: Teens Taking Charge of Their Future! A Workforce Readiness Program

A workforce readiness program for high school students focused on skill development for workplace and job success. Career Edge provides information and training on interview skills, résumé development, filling out applications, finding job leads and selecting appropriate clothing for the workplace. In addition, many "soft skills" needed in the workplace such as decision-making, teamwork, problem-solving and leadership are integrated throughout the program.

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Churchill County Community Readiness Network

Nevada communities need rapid access to information during an emergency. In an effort to enhance community preparedness, safety and available resources and by using GPS and GIS mapping. Extension’s 4-H youth and adult leaders in Churchill County are working with community emergency managers to address evacuation and shelter mapping.

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Family Storyteller Literacy Program

National award-winning Family Storyteller is a literacy program aimed at encouraging and training parents to play a vital role in the literacy development of their children. The statewide program creates an opportunity for parents and young children to interact around literacy and language activities.

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Healthy Kids - Nutrition Toolbox

This toolbox covers tips to increase childrens' overall levels of health and gives information pertaining to changing health habits.

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Healthy Kids Resource Center

A one-stop shop for evidence-based research, resources, curricula, activities and materials that focus on obesity prevention for teachers and parents of young children. It is designed to educate parents and teachers as well as provide the tools needed to teach young children how to live a healthy lifestyle.

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Kids Cook

A series of cooking classes where children can learn basic cooking skills, typically provided when school is out during the summer.

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Nevada Youth Range Camp Program

Most of Nevada’s youth live in large urban environments, with little exposure to rangelands, forests or agricultural environments, and the products and services rangelands provide. This program teaches students ages 14-18 how to read maps; identify and the importance of rangeland plants; evaluate sagebrush, woodland and stream ecosystems; wildlife habitat; and many other topics related to rangelands.

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Next Steps: College Access & Readiness Program

The program's mission is to guide and motivate youth and their families on the path to achieving a post-secondary education.

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Positive Connections for Parents & Teenagers

Understanding teenage behavior and increasing parenting knowledge and skills is explored in this 4-week program for parents with adolescents.

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Raising Your Relative's Kids: How to Find Help

As part of the family support program Kinship Families, Raising Your Relative's Kids: How to Find Help is a resource guide for kinship caregivers caring for children in out-of-home placement. We offer an informational website using the 100+ page resource guide, which is also available in print and on CD, including a Spanish version.

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The Greenhouse Project

The Greenhouse Project serves as a teaching facility for hands on programs at the Carson City High School. Students help to cultivate and distribute vegetables and herbs for culinary classes and community food ban.

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Veggies for Kids

Veggies for Kids teaches children about healthy eating habits and improves accessibility to fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

The curriculum teaches youth to raise quality swine, beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, dairy goats, rabbits, and poultry.

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Youth Horticulture Education Program

Youth Horticulture Education Program is the premier program of horticulture projects that involve youth, families and educators.

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A Qualitative Study Using Community Cultural Wealth to Understand the Educational Experiences of Latino College Students
The Latino population is the largest minority group in the United States and has the highest high school dropout rate of any ethnic group. If the U.S. is to compete in the global economy, it is important to understand factors that facilitate Latino education success.
Luna, N. and Martinez, M. 2013, Journal of Praxis in Multicultural Education. 7:1
A summative evaluation of the Nevada Youth Range Camp educational program. Foster, S.S., Schultz, B.W., McAdoo, J.K., and Swanson, S. 2014, Journal National Association of County Agricultural Agents. 7:1.
A.D. Guy AmeriCorps Member Recruitment
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Advocating for Children's Educational Rights
This fact sheet provides an overview of Session 6: Advocating for your Children’s Educational Rights.
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Meier, A., Smith, M., and Usinger, J. 2010, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-10-01
Community readiness to address Latino school dropout in Clark County
This article documents the assets, needs and community readiness related to addressing the school dropout rate in Clark County. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) faculty conducted interviews with nineteen key stakeholders and informants in Clark County who were connected to the issue of school dropout.
Luna, N. 2009, Border-Lines Journal of the Latino Research Center. 3, 64-109
Domestic Violence’s Effect on Children
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Emergency Preparedness and The Tabletop Exercise: How Youth Can Play a Part in the Process
This fact sheet contains information on emergency preparedness and the tabletop exercise. Learn more about how youth can play key roles in disaster training the tabletop exercise.
Powell, P., Black, L., Benesh, C., and Smith, M. 2008, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-08-36
Family and Youth Services Detention Survey: A report of 2001 findings
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Letner, J., Brown, R., Killian, E., and Evans, B. 2001, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-02-01
Family Storytelling and the Benefits for Children
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Field assessment for obesity prevention in children and parents: Physical activity, fitness and body composition.
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Cucumbers
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Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
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Grow Tomatoes in the Mojave Desert
This week YHEP Instructor, Nicole Hansen shows you how you can grow tomatoes successfully here in the Mojave Desert.
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How Can I Help My Child Succeed in School?
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Inclusion in Early Childhood Progams
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Indigenous Mexican culture, identity and academic aspirations: Results from a community-based curriculum project for Latina/Latino students
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Interactive and Dialogic Reading
A variety of techniques can be used to promote the development of language and literacy skills in young children. Reading books together is a great way to nurture children’s early reading skills. Select books that have content that is interesting to young children and is age-appropriate.
Byington, T. 2013, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-13-41
Issues that Affect Youth Quality of Life in Lyon County: Results of a Community Situational Analysis
This factsheet contains important information on youth quality of life in Lyon County by conducting analysis and showing the results in serval tables of data.
Singletary, L. 2005, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-05-05
Kids Cook - Lesson 03 - A Corny Summer
This lesson describes how to create fun summer recipes involving corn and teaches children how to follow a recipe.
Buffington, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Kids Cook - Lesson 1 Evaluation
This evaluation tests your knowledge of the kids cook lesson 1 curriculum.
Buffington, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Kids Cook - Lesson 2 Evaluation
This evaluation goes along with Lesson 2 Kids Cook to test your knowledge of what you learned from the curriculum.
Buffington, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Kids Cook - Lesson 3 Evaluation
This evaluation goes along with Lesson 3 Kids Cook to test your knowledge of what you learned from the curriculum.
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Know Nevada Insects Youth Exercise: Sphinx Moths
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Burls, K., Moffitt, M., and Newton, J. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS 19-15
Knowing the School System: Standards and Testing
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Luna, N. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-44
Little Free Libraries: Strategic Future Locations in the Reno Sparks Area
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Making Education a Family Goal
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Marketing Farmers’ Markets: Ideas for Market Vendors & Managers in Nevada
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Cowee, M., Curtis, K., Gatzke, H. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-09-10
Mineral County Needs Assessment: Youth Development
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Native Plant Gardens for Native Pollinators: Workshop and Plant Giveaway
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Nevada 4-H Annual Survey Summary Report 2018
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Nevada Youth Range Camp (History)
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Foster, S., McCuin, G., and Schultz, B. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP-09-05
Nevada Youth Range Camp plant identification guide. Foster, S., Schultz, B., and Swanson, S. 2018, UNCE Special Publication. SP-18-04.
Okra flowers and fruits
Okra
YHEP Instructor Nicole Hansen shows you how to feel like a professional gardener by growing Okra!
Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
Options After High School
This fact sheet provides an overview of Session 4: Options After High School.
Luna, N. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-045
Oral Language Development
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Byington, T. 2013, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-13-42
Phonological Awareness
Phonological Awareness refers to the sound structure of spoken language. It is a broad skill that includes being able to hear and play with smaller sounds in words. Phonological awareness includes identifying and manipulating sounds.
Byington, T. 2013, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-14-07
Nicole Hansen with Sunscreen
PPE for Summer Gardening and Crops for the Desert Summers - Peppers
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Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
Somen Noodles with Cucumber Water
Preparing Somen Noodles with Cucumber Water
YHEP Manager Tricia Braxton Perry is joined by guest, Christine Kennedy who shares her mother's recipe for Japanese Somen Noodles with cucumber water and other delicious ingredients.
Braxton Perry, T. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YHEP Videos
Produce Pick of the Month: Garbanzo Bean Recipe
Chef Suzy partners with Produce Pick of the Month to share with you this delicious and fast garbanzo recipe. Follow along to learn how to make something new and to know interesting facts about garbanzo beans.
McClain, S. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
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Propagation by Seed
Learn how to properly plant a seed!
Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
Nicole with stems for propagation
Propagation of Stems and Leaves
Nicole Hansen, of the Youth Horticulture Education Program, teaches how to propagate plants by stem and leaf cuttings.
Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
Roads to Higher Education
This fact sheet provides an overview of Session 5: Roads to Higher Education.
Luna, N. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-46
School Communication
This fact sheet provides an overview of Session 2: School Communication.
Luna, N. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-43
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Shopping with Kids
Your Game Plan to Grocery Shopping With Kids
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Nicole Hansen
Something Special is Coming From YHEP!
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Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
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Talking Positively At Mealtimes - Your Words Matter
As your child's caregiver, you play the biggest role in their eating behavior.
Lindsay, A. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Harvesting lettuce
Team YHEP Presents: Hydroponics Harvest and Donations
Team YHEP shows you how we harvest and package our hydroponic produce for donation to our food pantry partners throughout Las Vegas!
O'Callaghan, A., Braxton-Perry, T., Hansen, N., and Ford-Terry, I., 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
The 4-H Advantage – How Nevada 4-H Youth Differ from Those with No 4-H Experience
This fact sheet contains a study on the 4-H experience and the advantages that come with it. This study also gives examples of 4-H youth and 4-H experience to help understand the difference between the two.
Lewis, S. 2008, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-69
Training youth to prepare communities for disasters
This fact sheet will report on a final evaluation of a two-state educational program to train older youth to educate communities about disasters and to train fellow youth in appropriate response efforts once a disaster occurs.
Powell, P. 2012, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-12-09
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Walker River Indian Reservation: Youth Development
This fact sheet contains information on the Walker River Paiute Indian Reservation and the possible youth risk factors. Learn about major problems that affect the youth in the reservation and the protective factors in place.
Emm, S. 2006, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-06-63
Welcoming Latino youth to California 4-H! Fabregas Janeiro, M.G., Horrillo, S. 2017, Annual Conference Cambio de Colores Proceedings. Building Bridges, Dialogue, and Opportunities, 15, 61-68.
What's Up with School?
This fact sheet contains information on why school is important and things that could be done for a brighter future.
Luna, N. and Martinez, M. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-09-12
YHEP Summer Recipes, Ep.02: Garden Fresh Eggplant Empanadas
Delicious summer empanada dish using hearty eggplant created by Tricia Braxton Perry.
Braxton Perry, T. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
mullein in forest
YHEP: Common Weeds, Ep 04: The Many Uses of Mullein
Follow YHEP instructor Ian Ford-Terry up into the mountains as he hikes the cool woodlands in search of an ancient cough remedy!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
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YHEP: Conservation, Ep 01: Joshua Trees
Join YHEP instructor Ian Ford-Terry as he explores the relationship between Joshua Trees and their exclusive pollinators and how you can take part in the conservation of a Mojave Desert icon!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
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YHEP: Conservation, Ep 02: Joshua Trees
Join YHEP Instructor Ian Ford-Terry as he guides you through the process of growing a Joshua Tree from seed as part of a conservation effort to help save the Joshua Trees (and their very specific pollinators)!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
Ian with milkweed
YHEP: Conservation, Ep 03: Monarch Container Gardens
Join YHEP Instructor Ian Ford-Terry as he shows you how you can help protect the Monarch Butterfly by planting native milkweeds at home!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
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YHEP: Hydroponics At Home, Ep 01: DIY 2-Liter Bottle Wicking System
Join YHEP instructor Ian Ford-Terry as he introduces you to the wonderful world of hydroponics, and walks you through the steps to make a DIY 2-liter bottle, self-wicking hydroponic system!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
fish and plants in tank
YHEP: Hydroponics At Home, Ep 02: DIY Aquaponic Ecosystem
Dive into this fun "aquaponics" project with YHEP Instructor Ian Ford-Terry! He will teach you the basics of balancing an underwater ecosystem and how you can grow plants using fish waste!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
Tomatoes in a 5-Gallon Bucket
YHEP: Hydroponics At Home, Ep 03: Growing Tomatoes in a 5-Gallon Bucket
YHEP Instructor Ian Ford-Terry shows you how you can grow tomatoes year-round in a DIY 5-gallon bucket hydroponic system!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
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YHEP: Hydroponics at Home, Ep 04: Make Your Own pH Test Kit
Join YHEP Instructor Ian Ford-Terry as he walks you through the process of making your own homemade pH testing solution and pH testing strips out of Red Cabbage broth!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
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YHEP: Hydroponics At Home, Ep 05: DIY Microgreens Grow Tray
Microgreens are nutritious and easy to grow! Join YHEP Instructor Ian Ford-Terry as he shows you how to make a low-maintenance microgreens grow tray!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel