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Teen Link – A Guide to Resources on Teen Issues

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to share with you a resource I find extremely helpful in my teen leadership and development work. Teen Link, a web site developed by the University of Minnesota, provides resources, both academic and practical, addressing issues commonly faced by teens.  They have done a wonderful job in organizing teen issues into topic areas, and under each topic you will find books, websites, and journal articles that address that particular topic.  All of the included resources are peer-reviewed and are constantly being updated, so bookmark this site ( and refer to it often as you work with the teens in your community.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or are in need of additional resources, tip sheets, etc. in regards to teen leadership and development.

Thanks for all you do!


4HOnline Year End Reporting and Rollover

As we approach the end of another 4-H year, I wanted to remind you that all enrollment data for the 2015-2016 4-H year needs to be entered into 4HOnline prior to midnight on September 30, 2016.  It is the responsibility of the 4-H Agent or person in charge of the 4-H program to review the ES237 report and check it for accuracy.  Online enrollment data is shared with local, state, and federal partners so it’s critical that your ES237 data is accurate and that all of your youth and adults members are entered into 4HOnline prior to midnight on September 30. 

To help you and your families with the rollover process, please visit this web link for tip sheets and resources:  I’ve also attached the tip sheets specifically for rollover to this email.  If additional help is needed, please don’t hesitate to contact me as I’m happy to walk you through the process or answer any questions you may have.  

In preparation for the new 4-H year beginning on October 1, 2016, 4HOnline will be shut down October 1 – 4.  What this means is that no unit (county and city) managers, club leaders, and/or families, will be able to enroll or re-enroll members during this time.  The system will reopen on October 5 for re-enrollment and data entry.  During this time, I will be updating the project list to include Teen Cuisine as well as adding SNAP-Ed to the EFNEP project offerings and District Horse Show will be added as a competition area.  Furthermore, to help collect 4-H Alumni data, a check box will be included for parent one and parent two to indicate if they are 4-H Alumni.  If there are other changes to the project listing you would like made, please let me know.  

Thanks for all you do!



Character Counts! and SOL Correlation

Are you interested in implementing Character Counts! into your school system but are having trouble getting school administrators to buy into the program? Check out this web link for the correlations to the SOLs:

Schools are very much focused and driven by SOL testing and are much more inclined to “buy in” to a program that is correlated to them. Therefore, the State Character Counts! leadership team has worked hard in reviewing the Character Counts! program and correlating it to the Virginia SOLs. On the website you will find the correlations for each pillar and grade level. It is our goal to have Virginia 4-H actively engaged in implementing the Character Counts! program in all schools. Research indicates that the Character Counts! program fosters a positive environment that helps improve overall attendance and test scores and has reduced negative behaviors such as bullying and disciplinary referrals. We hope that by having these correlations you will have an easier time getting your school system to buy into this program. Should you have any questions about these correlations or the Character Counts! program in general, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Tonya Price.

These correlations would not have been possible without the tireless work of the State Character Counts! Leadership Team! Special thanks goes out to: Karen Baker, Dara Booher, Sonya Furgurson, Brian Hairston, Jeremy Johnson, Jocelyn Pearson, and Glenda Snyder.

I hope you will take advantage of the 25% off curriculum sale that is taking place till April 30 through the 4-H Mall and order some of the below healthy living curriculum. This curriculum is excellent, so if you haven’t checked it out, I hope you will do so.

Choose Health: Food, Fun & Fitness Teach healthy living and active play – perfect for 3rd – 6th graders! Each lesson includes nutrition activities, food prep, a goal setting challenge, and more.


Cooking Teach kids the fundamentals of food preparation while making cooking a fun and educational experience.


STEPS to a Healthy Teen

Help youth ages 14-19 understand and engage with physical activities, nutrition, and healthy body image. Very interactive!


Food Science The kitchen becomes a lab, and some experiments can be eaten! Youth will understand the scientific processes behind the healthy foods they love.


Food Smart Families Products

Aprons, cutting boards, chef hats, and measuring spoons give a 4-H feel to your nutrition and cooking activities.


Download VFHY’s Screen-Free Week Toolkit for Teachers and Parents

An issue facing younger generations, and especially teens, is the over-use of technology.  Younger generations, unlike their parents, often socialize, hang out, and communicate online, rather than in person.  They prefer to text rather than talk on the phone, and often prefer to socialize on Twitter, Snapchat, or Facebook than in a social setting.  Some of our youth are spending up to 20 hours a day, seven days a week, online, perusing the Internet or gaming.  Spending this much time in front of a screen can interfere with a young person’s emotional, physical, and intellectual development.  Due to this issue, I’m sharing the below information with you.  May 2-8, 2016 is Screen-Free Week and encourages youth to unplug and play.  The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth has put together a free toolkit inclusive of active, fun alternatives to screen time that we can use to help address the issue of over using technology.

– See more at:



4th H for Health Challenge

I wanted to share with you the recording of a presentation I created regarding the 4th H for Health Challenge.  I gave this presentation as part of the April First Friday discussion and at In-Service to the FCS agents during their update but wanted to share as broadly as possible.  This challenge is a great way to get your 4-H clubs involved in eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking more water, and being more physically active in the club meeting setting.  Once you have had a chance to view the recording, please email me if this is something you’d be interested in implementing in your locality.  This challenge is a great and fun way to engage youth in healthy living behaviors that will hopefully last a lifetime and I hope you will consider incorporating it into your programming efforts.

Tonya Price wants to share this WebEx recording with you.

Tonya Price’s Personal Room-20160210 1503-1 Wednesday, February 10, 2016 10:16 am | Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)



New Team Nutrition Resources

Please check out the resources below.  Even though this is designed for the summer meals  program, these resources could be used with almost type of summer program or activity targeted at healthy living.  Feel free to use as you deem appropriate.

This new kit from Team Nutrition includes over 30 games and educational activities to do at your summer meal site!

o   Six fun activity themes, posters, family handouts, an activity placemat and more!

o    Available in English & Spanish.

o   Now available: @TeamNutrition USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Food Challenge Contest – Central District

On Saturday, May 9, 2015, I had the privilege to attend Central District’s Food Challenge  Contest at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Center.  Even though this was the first year this contest was offered in the Central District, the participation level was great, four senior teams and five junior teams!  Overall,  it was a great contest and a good experience for all who participated.  The evaluation data collected at the conclusion of the contest was very positive and 100% of the participants indicated that they learned at least one new skill as a result of their participation.  A special thank you to Amber Wilson, Chair of the contest, and all the other VCE personnel, volunteers and parents who helped to make this contest a success.  Also, I’d like to thank the agents in Northern District as they were instrumental in bringing this contest to Virginia and providing training in this area.  If your unit or district is not currently offering Food Challenge to your 4-H members, I highly encourage you to do so, as this contest is a great compliment to our healthy living initiative.  Not only do participants learn how to prepare and cook a dish, they learn about MyPlate, cost analysis, and develop a presentation that is inclusive of nutritional benefits and food safety.  We will be offering a Food Challenge contest and workshop during State 4-H Congress, but if you are unable to attend and would like to learn more about this contest, please don’t hesitate to contact me,  

NEW VCE 4-H Teen Leadership and Development Publications

Dear Colleagues,

I hope that your summer is off to a great start!  As we just concluded our premier teen leadership event, State 4-H Congress, I wanted to share with you a link to two publications that Billie Jean Elmer and I authored as a resource for you in your teen leadership and development programming efforts.  The first publication is titled: “Preparing Teens for Opportunities Beyond the Local Level” and the second is “Recruitment and Retention of Teens”.  You will find the publications at the following links: and  These two publications are part of a teen leadership and development series of fact sheets that we are working on.  When complete, there will be a total of six; so, be on the lookout for more to come.  A special thank you to the peer reviewers of these publications for your suggestions and comments!  We hope that you enjoy reading these pubs and find them practical and beneficial in your programming efforts!  If you should have any questions regarding these publications or teen programming in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thanks for all you do!