Team Award Nominations

 First Place - The Shelby County Extension Council formed a new Diversity Committee in October 2008.  After attending the Tri-State Diversity Conference, the members decided the first step toward Extension reaching more diverse audiences was for them to establish relationships with underrepresented groups.  Each member adopted an underserved group (churches serving predominately minority audiences, ESL group, etc.) making personal contacts and inviting individuals to participate in extension programs.  The Diversity Committee also took an Extension educational and marketing exhibit to several community events.  As a result of their new connections, the Diversity Committee members and other Shelby County Extension Council members have gained new respect for others in the county.  There are two new minority members on the Shelby County Extension Council and participation of underserved audiences in extension programming has increased.  The Diversity Committee efforts were directed by Extension Agents Sheila Fawbush (FCS), Brett Reese (ANR) and Regina Browning (4-H).

Second Place - Kenton County CES increased their efforts to reach youth attending public schools in Covington where 68% of the youth are either African American or Hispanic.  Included in the efforts were summer day camps, programs on nutrition and grooming, natural resources and biotechnology classroom lessons, and the formation of two new afterschool leader-led community clubs. Leading this outreach effort were Kenton County Extension Agents Denise Donahue (4-H), Diane Kelley (4-H), Kathy Roesel-Byrnes (FCS) and program assistants Paula Roll and Sallie Davis.         

Second Place - The increasing diversity of the child population and the number of childcare providers untrained in diversity issues created a need for diversity education for childcare providers, parents, and children.  FCS Agents Rachel Hance (Logan), Janet Johnson (Allen) and Kathy Jump (Simpson) planned and implemented training for childcare providers resulting in increased knowledge of current cultural diversity issues related specifically to children and families and increased practices of adapting current child care curriculum and activities to insure inclusion. Participants received classroom resource kits in arts, humanities, and literacy materials (puppets, books, puzzles, dolls, dramatic play outfits, etc.) reflective of a variety of cultures.  In addition, three community parent involvement programs were presented in Allen, Simpson, and Logan counties. 

Third Place - An eight-week health and wellness program was conducted for physically and mentally challenged adult clients at a non-profit organization that trains adults with disabilities or barriers to employment.  Weekly sessions included an educational lesson, physical activity, and food samples. Participants were encouraged to set small, measurable goals they could work toward and adopt during the program. At the end of the eight weeks, all had made significant progress toward achieving their goals. In addition to improvements made by participants, Boone County Extension Agents Diane Mason (FCS) and Christy Eastwood (4-H) and Kenton County Extension Agent Kathy Roesel-Byrnes (FCS), learned how to adapt programs and services for individuals with mental and physical disabilities. The agents gained appreciation for, and understanding of, those with disabilities. Another eight-week session is scheduled to kick-off in February 2010.

Clinton County FCS Agent Christy Nuetzman worked with other community agencies serving families to start Kinnections, a monthly educational enrichment and support group for grandparents.  Caregivers learned about parenting, nutrition and healthy eating, stress management, medical care, legal assistance, mental health programs, and much more.  As a result of Kinnections, these adult caregivers are now connected with community agencies that can serve their mental, emotional, and physical needs.  Not only have the caregivers realized that there are many others who are “walking in their shoes” in their community, but program organizers and guest speakers have also recognized the challenges these families face and have gained a new respect and appreciation for the lifestyles of older adults who are raising young children. 

A multi-county Farm School for Women targeted an underrepresented group in agricultural programs, women in agriculture.  The participants were diverse with respect to age, gender, physical ability, marital status, socio-economic level, and other human differences. The four-week program included instruction in soil fertility, forage production, farm management, and estate planning.  A follow-up survey four months later showed improvements in all practices. The school was planned and implemented by Agriculture Agents David Appelman (Bracken), Tad Campbell (Mason) Philip Konopka (Lewis), and Jeff Smith (Fleming).

Grant County Extension Agents Joyce Doyle (4-H) and Patty Poor (FCS) planned and implemented an afterschool program for limited income housing residents on how to implement and maintain a healthy life style.    In a monthly session that lasted seven months, parents were taught label reading of food products, how to plan speedy meals, how to shop more economically, and how to interact with their children.  Children were taught how to eat healthier snacks, to exercise at least 30 minutes every day, and how to make crafts that were fun and could be used for gifts or to decorate their homes.  Two 4-H teens assisted with the instruction and since doing this program they have looked for ways to implement more community service projects as a way to make a difference.

Henry County Extension Agents Maryellen Garrison (FCS), Steve Moore (ANR), and Cathy Toole (4-H) provided leadership to the Second Wind Dreams program at a local nursing home.  This year a $500 donation provided all 60 residents of the local nursing home with autobiographical shadow boxes which allows staff, residents and family a glimpse of the diversity of their lives.  The boxes hang outside the door of each resident’s room providing other residents and visitors a chance to learn about their lives. 

A Risk Management Educational Program was held at the Boneyville Baptist Church in Stanford targeting small and limited resource farmers, youth, minorities, and women.  Over 80 farm families attended the meeting.  This was the first time a youth component was included in the total program.  Youth learned to make soap and a craft to give as a Mother’s Day gift and were introduced to other opportunities to get involved in 4-H.  As a result of the program, families are more aware of health issues and best agricultural practices like soil sampling.   A family and consumer sciences African American women’s nutrition education group was formed from this educational meeting. Working together to plan and implement the program were Lincoln County Extension Agents Rita Stewart (FCS), Ashley Jenkins (4-H), and Dan Grigson (ANR), FDM Assistant Bessie Smith, and KSU Specialist Judith Ricks (FDM), and Edwin Chavous (Small Farm).

A three-week program for seventh graders called, “Millionaires’Club”, was planned and implemented for low income, minority youth to help them realize that savings accounts, stocks, and bonds are attainable by any individual. The program included instruction on how to make money, why we need money, investments, budgeting, stock market accounts and types of banks.  McCracken County 4-H Agents David Littlejohn and Robert Tashjian led the program.

The 3rd annual Mercer County Martin Luther King Day events included a pancake breakfast, commemorative march, recognition of poster contest winners and a special program.  Volunteers of every age, race and physical ability contributed to the success and completion of the program and 177 individuals participated.  The special plans for MLK Day were spearheaded by Extension Agent Luci Hockersmith (FCS) and Program Assistant Bobbie White. Not only has the annual event helped to foster greater appreciation for Dr. Martin Luther King’s accomplishments, it has also led to an increase in African American clientele calls and participation in extension programs. 


Individual Nominations

First Place - Breckinridge County Extension Agent Carol Hinton (ANR) worked with other community agencies to coordinate an 8-week class for migrant farm workers to improve their English speaking skills.  Attendees received much more than English lessons with instruction on Worker Protection Standards, H1N1 prevention and protecting themselves from dust and mold.  The community is very supportive of the program providing meals for each class and volunteers to assist.   This year they also obtained funds to purchase dust masks for the attendees to use in tobacco stripping rooms.  Community volunteers work in small groups with the students to more effectively improve their English.  

Second Place - Cooking classes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities were planned and implemented in a year-long program by Oldham County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences Christine Duncan.  The classes stressed basic skills such as kitchen and food safety, menu planning and basic nutrition.  Participants had the opportunity to practice their skills and prepare meals for themselves with minimal supervision.  Assistance was received from the Oldham County Extension Homemakers who donated cookbooks and food related magazines.   Volunteers also assisted with planting a garden at the facility so clients could grow, harvest, cook, and enjoy their own vegetables. The program helped more than twenty-five individuals improve their independent living skills and decrease their risk of lifestyle related diseases.

Third Place - Jumpin' Jaguars was a collaborative obesity program planned and implemented to help get kids moving after school and help their parents learn more about nutrition and wellness. Two days a week from October to May, for an hour and a half after school, kids met together to get moving by participating in physical activities including jump rope and yoga.  Parents participated in nutrition education workshops that were planned and presented by Fayette County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences Diana Doggett.  Twenty parents (18 females, 2 males; 14 African American, 4 White, 2 Hispanic) and 25 children from the Jumpin’ Jaguars program participated in a series of 2 ½ - hour workshops for five weeks.  Eleven parents attended every workshop session and received a new set of cookware. After the program parents reported serving more sit down family meals, preparing more vegetables, using nutrition labels, and exercising more.

Maryellen Garrison, Henry County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences, offers Body Recall, a ten week, thirty - session exercise program that emphasizes balance, coordination, range-of-motion, flexibility, circulation and the ability to recover from a fall.  Although primarily for senior citizens, the program also reaches those with special needs, chronic illness, limited strength or limited mobility.  Most of the group, which averages about 40 each session, are not traditional Extension clientele.  However, after involvement in Body Recall, many have become involved in Homemakers or have served in other volunteer roles.

First time parents and their children participating in the Health Department’s Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) program had the opportunity to interact with each other and with experienced parents through the Memory Book Project.  Vicki Wynn, Marshall County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences, held sessions for parents to scrapbook and journal developmental changes of their children.   Extension Homemakers volunteered to assist with child care.  The “Keys to Great Parenting” publication series was shared at each session and families received healthy snacks and door prizes.

Boone County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences Diane Mason, held monthly, hands-on cooking classes for adult female English Language Learners and a four-hour summer class that included children.  Participants learned about Kentucky and American foods, to read and interpret recipes, about ingredients and their uses, and to discuss everyday cultural topics. After the class, participants reported making foods from classes for their families or friends, having a greater comfort level when entertaining American guests in their home, shopping more at the Farmer’s Market and participating in other Extension class offerings.  In addition to the benefit received by the participants, this effort helped the entire office better understand the diversity of their community.

Pendleton County Extension Agent Kenna Knight (FCS), in collaboration with other organizations, presented the Recipe for Life Cookbook project to all 5th grade students. Each student improved their social skills by working and learning in small groups and had the opportunity to read and prepare a recipe.  Students also submitted a family recipe and story that was placed in a “Recipe for Life” cookbook. During the project, students not only increased their knowledge of recipe reading and preparation, they also increased their knowledge of proper hand washing, knife safety, table setting and manners. 

Ingrid Adams, Assistant Extension Professor for Obesity and Weight Management, is working on the development of contextually relevant and effective prevention and treatment interventions that extend Extension’s reach to minority audiences.   This project identified the food choices of African Americans and explored the personal and environmental support for physical activity and nutrition.  Focus groups were conducted to uncover and gain a greater understanding of the complexities and the socio-cultural contexts that may affect involvement in, attitudes toward, and commitment to healthy eating and active lifestyles among minorities. This information will form the basis for the design of extension programs that relate to obesity and weight management, physical activity, and chronic disease prevention for this population.