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Youth Workshop

Youth Workshop Session 1

December 8th, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Central time


Youth Workshop Session 2

December 9th, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Central Time

Learning Objectives

  • Identify resources and key partners to enhance opportunities to build, sustain, or grow workforce opportunities within their community.
  • Distinguish between technical, life, soft, and hard skills, and the benefits of each.
  • Increase awareness of how to match youth talents with available opportunities in their community.

Who Should Attend

  • Community Planners/Organizers
  • Cooperative Extension Service Professionals
  • Elected/Appointed County & City Officials
  • 4-H Extension Agents/Staff
  • Career Services Professionals
  • Parent/Teacher Organizations
  • Youth-Serving Organizations
  • Community Foundations
  • Youth-Serving Workforce Development Organizations/Agencies

Meet the Trainers

Deb Barrett is currently a Senior Extension Educator with nearly 25 years of service to Michigan State University. She has experience working with 4-H Youth Development, volunteer management and for the last ten years has specialized in career exploration and workforce development; co-authoring both national and state curriculum.

Dr. Bo Beaulieu is professor of rural and regional development with the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. He is the former director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development and former Assistant Director of the Purdue Extension Community Development program.

Sadie Lackey serves as the Program Assistant for Agricultural Youth Program at the USDA. Sadie is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia where she studied agricultural communication. She has a strong background in agricultural leadership, communication and education from participating in a number of internships and extracurricular activities.

Torey Powell  current serves the National Coordinator, Agricultural Youth Programs. Torey has served as a strategic partnership and community development professional with USDA since 2014 with a specific focus on developing and implementing a local, regional, and national outreach and engagement strategies.

Carolyn (Carol) Wetuski serves as a Community Support Specialist in the USDA Rural Development Innovation Center with 20 years of service with USDA Rural Development. She has spent the past 14 years focused in community economic development and is the lead for the Innovation Center Rural Workforce Innovation Network.