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NACo Achievement Award

Extension's Kids
Voting Durham Program wins National Achievement Award

Our Kids Voting Durham program received a 2016 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement award in the Civic Education and Public Information category for its work educating community youth and developing their voices through creating their own candidate guides and running their own candidate forum. Congrats to all the youth participants, our program coordinator, Carolyn Kreuger, our supportive Extension staff, and all the Kids Voting Durham advisory board members who make it happen. Kids Voting is a program of Durham County Cooperative Extension that seeks to help K-12 youth in our community understand and believe in the power they have as informed citizens and active voters. In addition to providing youth the opportunity to vote on the same candidates and issues as adults, in recent years, Kids Voting has supported young people in creating their own Candidate Guide and Candidate Forum that help not only them, but adults, be educated about the offices and candidates up for election. Each election, Kids Voting brings together middle and high school students to create anon-partisan candidate guide that includes a questionnaire youth create for candidates, information about offices up for elections, and resources to learn more about civic engagement. Students follow this with an innovative student-designed and –led candidate forum in which candidates round-robin between groups of students answering questions about the issues that are most important to them and hearing young people’s input on key local topics. The candidate guide is distributed to all Durham Public Schools, charter, and private schools serving the county’s over 40,000 students, but is also of such high quality that many adults in Durham use it to help inform their vote. The youth candidate forum is regularly attended by all candidates in local races and is often held up by students, media, and candidates as having the most insightful questions and discussions. Student feedback shows that they better understand local government, feel more empowered to voice their opinions and experiences to elected officials, and plan to be active voters and engaged citizens after participating in Kids Voting Durham candidate guides, forums and elections. In 2015, K-12 student participation in Kids Voting Durham City Council elections was nearly three times the adult turnout at the polls, hopefully creating a new generation of more engaged and informed voters in local elections.

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NACo Achievement Award

Extension's Kids
Voting Durham Program wins National Achievement Award

Our Kids Voting Durham program received a 2016 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement award in the Civic Education and Public Information category for its work educating community youth and developing their voices through creating their own candidate guides and running their own candidate forum. Congrats to all the youth participants, our program coordinator, Carolyn Kreuger, our supportive Extension staff, and all the Kids Voting Durham advisory board members who make it happen. Kids Voting is a program of Durham County Cooperative Extension that seeks to help K-12 youth in our community understand and believe in the power they have as informed citizens and active voters. In addition to providing youth the opportunity to vote on the same candidates and issues as adults, in recent years, Kids Voting has supported young people in creating their own Candidate Guide and Candidate Forum that help not only them, but adults, be educated about the offices and candidates up for election. Each election, Kids Voting brings together middle and high school students to create anon-partisan candidate guide that includes a questionnaire youth create for candidates, information about offices up for elections, and resources to learn more about civic engagement. Students follow this with an innovative student-designed and –led candidate forum in which candidates round-robin between groups of students answering questions about the issues that are most important to them and hearing young people’s input on key local topics. The candidate guide is distributed to all Durham Public Schools, charter, and private schools serving the county’s over 40,000 students, but is also of such high quality that many adults in Durham use it to help inform their vote. The youth candidate forum is regularly attended by all candidates in local races and is often held up by students, media, and candidates as having the most insightful questions and discussions. Student feedback shows that they better understand local government, feel more empowered to voice their opinions and experiences to elected officials, and plan to be active voters and engaged citizens after participating in Kids Voting Durham candidate guides, forums and elections. In 2015, K-12 student participation in Kids Voting Durham City Council elections was nearly three times the adult turnout at the polls, hopefully creating a new generation of more engaged and informed voters in local elections.

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Durham County Gains
Benefits from Promise Zone Finalist Status

Being a finalist comes with benefits, including the opportunity to continue our "Pillars of Promise" collaboration with some amazing community partners. Many thanks to those partners who worked on this application together. Nine Promise Zone Communities were announced in early June from 82 applicants from 38 states and Puerto Rico.   While Durham County submitted a strong collaborative application with dozens of community partners, the County was not selected as a Promise Zone designee and instead received Finalist status. The Promise Zone Initiative is a federal program created by the Obama administration to designate high poverty communities as “Promise Zones.”  The selection of Promise Zone Finalists recognizes communities with applications reflecting high-quality strategies who were not selected as Promise Zone designees. Each urban, rural, and tribal Promise Zone applicant was asked to put together a clear description of how the Promise Zone designation would accelerate and strengthen the community’s own efforts at comprehensive community revitalization.  According to Delphine Sellars, County Extension Director, “While we are disappointed that our community was not designated a Promise Zone, we are excited  about our collective ability to address multiple community challenges through this model and utilize the opportunities that being a Finalist affords through Durham’s Pillars of Promise Initiative.” Promise Zone Finalists will have the opportunity of participating in HUD’s Community Needs Assessment (CNA) Initiative that provides the forum to solve locally identified issues, locally driven community goals; focuses resources on issue resolution; and provides a venue for increased collaboration across HUD’s programs, with other federal agencies, and with local partners to deploy resources and expertise.  Finalists will also receive special notice of particular funding opportunities. In May, Durham County took the next steps forward in Durham’s Initiative, “Pillars of Promise,” with a meeting of key partners to establish structure and direction.  Laura Benson, Director of Durham’s Partnership for Children and a key partner acknowledged the level of community collaboration and said that “our work together can only be strengthened by this effort.  Our depth of partnerships and the goals we have identified will move us forward together.” The goals of Durham County’s Pillars of Promise Initiative are: Create Jobs and Increase economic activity Improve educational opportunities Reduce violent crime Promote health and access to healthcare Please call Delphine Sellars, Director of Durham County Cooperative Extension, at 919-560-0538 to learn more about how the next steps for Durham’s Pillars of Promise initiative.

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Learn about Durham
County Cooperative Extension

Learn more about Extension in Durham County! Check out Durham County Extension's 2015 Report to the Community--ROAR: Recognizing Opportunity Achieving Results.

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Welcome Baby

Welcome Baby provides educational and emotional support to parents and cargivers of young children 0-5 with free services in English and Spanish, including: Car seat safety, Phone support, Clothing closet, and workshops.  http://www.welcomebaby.org/

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NC Safe Plates: NC
Cooperative Extension's Food Safety Certification for Food Service Industry

NC Safe Plates:NC Cooperative Extension’s Retail Food Safety Manager Certification Program NC Cooperative Extension Agents offer NC Safe Plates at local County Extension Centers preparing managers for American National Standards Institution approved Food Protection Manager Certification. Managers successfully passing the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals Certify Exam meet the 2013 FDA Food Code requirement  for approval as a Certified Food Protection Manager by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Managers trained in NC Safe Plates create a work environment that minimizes food safety risks in their restaurants, cafeterias, and grocery stores through best practices, open communication, and thoughtful practice. To find out more about NC Safe Plates contact Deborah McGiffin, Durham County Family & Consumer Sciences: dbmcgiff@ncsu.edu or 919-560-0521

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Keep Food Safe after a Power Outage

We are in the heart of hurricane season. Even though North Carolina has been spared from hurricanes over the past several years, we still must be prepared for what may come, especially in MORE »

Food Preservation-Free Canning Workshops

Learn to pickle and can garden fresh produce for year-round enjoyment. Free hands-on workshops will be offered: Pickling cucumbers-Friday, August 19 Canning tomatoes-Friday, August 26 Where: Bahama Ruritan Club 8202 Stagville Road Bahama, MORE »

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Some NC Farmers Stay Local

80% of the cut flowers sold in this country come from outside the US.  Its an industry that has a world wide value estimated at over $40 billion.  NC State Extension Master Gardener MORE » – from   Gardening

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Brunswick Agent Teaches IPM to Master Gardeners

Brunswick County Horticulture Agent Sam Marshall explained some basic Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, tenets on the Master Gardener podcast Getting Dirty with Master Gardeners. Sam explained that IPM strategies produce long-term solutions and often at less cost MORE » – from   Gardening

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The Giving ClosetMon Aug 29, 2016 Today
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Where:
Welcome Baby/Durham County Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster St., Durham NC 27701
— 8 hours ago
Plant Infomation Booth /Master GardenersSat Sep 3, 2016
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC, United States
— 5 days away
Planning Now for a Fall HarvestSat Sep 3, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Where:
Durham Garden Center, 4536 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC, United States
— 5 days away
The Giving ClosetMon Sep 5, 2016
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Where:
Welcome Baby/Durham County Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster St., Durham NC 27701
— 7 days away
Plant Information Booth with Master GardenersTue Sep 6, 2016
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC, United States
— 1 week away
Plant Information Booth with Master GardenersWed Sep 7, 2016
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC, United States
— 1 week away
The Giving ClosetThu Sep 8, 2016
4:30 PM - 6:10 PM Where:
721 Foster Street/Cooperative Extension-Welcome Baby
— 1 week away
The Giving ClosetMon Sep 12, 2016
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Where:
Welcome Baby/Durham County Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster St., Durham NC 27701
— 2 weeks away
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