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Introducing Extension Washington County’s new 4-H Educator, Ron Jakubisin

Hello! My name is Ron Jakubisin and I’m excited about starting my role as the 4-H Educator in Washington County, Wisconsin

The last 4 years I have served Washington and Extension Fond du Lac County as the Positive Youth Development Educator in which I’ve been involved with some fun, educational leadership programs that range from 4th graders, to high schoolers, to working with youth organizations and schools! My career has always focused on programs that develop youth as leaders, train volunteers, and engage community members that supports these things.

My style is focused on positivity and growth for both youth and volunteers. I like teachable moments to be engaging and fun that challenge our knowledge and skill growth.

I look forward to getting out in the county to meet all of the great 4-H volunteers, club leaders and youth members!

Ron Jakubisin, Washington County 4-H Educator

Ron Jakubisin
Washington County 4-H Program Educator

ron.jakubisin@wisc.edu

262-335-4478

Positive Youth Development December 2022

• A series of presentations to incarcerated youth at the Washington County Detention Center, in which teens will learn about problem-solving strategies, focusing on problem solving, consensus building, and developing resources to achieve positive goals upon release from detention. The purpose of this effort is improve social-emotional learning, goal setting and seeing positive adults as resource to assist in their future success.

• Planning for a West Bend School Dist. (McClane and Jackson schools) Family Engagement Night in collaboration with Washington County Elementary School Counselors. The effort will engage youth in Social Emotional Learning strategies that they will use throughout the year with teamwork being a central theme at schools.

• A series of meetings with Germantown’s Youth Futures Youth Committee where students learn leadership skills in order to design, plan and deliver prevention activities to their middle and high school peers.

• A monthly board meeting (“Germantown Youth Futures”) for Germantown key stakeholders where we collaboratively plan year-round positive youth activities that promote positive peer norms, AOD prevention messaging, and adult/youth connections.

Village of Kewaskum

The administrator for the Village of Kewaskum contacted Paul to facilitate a process that would
engage the village’s board and staff in the development of a strategic plan. After meeting to
discuss the needs of the organization, a process was designed and presented to the Village Board.
Through discussion, the Board opted to include a community visioning session to help inform
the strategic planning process. Paul facilitated the public visioning process in August. Then, he
facilitated two planning sessions with the organization’s board and leadership staff.

At the first session, seven staff members reviewed the visioning session results; developed draft
mission and vision statements; identified organizational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities,
and challenges; and brainstormed goals. At the second session, seven board members and staff
finalized the mission and vision statements, identified values, and refined the goals identified by
staff. Then Paul met with administrator to develop definitions for the values and identified next
steps for plan implementation.

Through evaluation (N=14), 92% of participants agreed that discussing a vision statement assisted
them in understanding the general direction for their organization’s future, 92% agreed discussing
a mission statement helped clarify their role as an organization, and 100% agreed that identifying
and prioritizing goals increased their ability to identify issues and set priorities. Participants
evaluated Paul’s facilitation as a 4.7 on a 5-point Likert Scale (1=poor and 5=excellent). One
participant commented “Difficult crowd. Worked well.” Another commented “Very good. Was not
boring.” A third commented “Paul is great at facilitating these exercises.”

2023 4-H Visual Arts Festival – Call for Entries

Attention Washington County youth artists: are you looking for an opportunity to share your artwork with the community? If so, the 2023 4-H Visual Arts Festival is an opportunity you’re not going to want to miss!  

Youth in grades 3-13 from Washington, Ozaukee, and Fond du Lac Counties are invited to participate in this fun, free, virtual event. This event is sponsored by 4-H, however, youth are not required to be 4-H members to participate. This year’s theme is “Local Inspiration”. Wisconsin has many interesting and beautiful places to capture. Be inspired by the places you live, work and play. This could be a town, city, park, school, your home, or any other local places. 

We are excited to have two new categories for submissions: Fabric and Digital Media. Other categories include Drawing, Painting, Photography, and Other Media

Entries are accepted now through March 1, 2023. Multiple submissions are welcome! Prizes will be awarded for each category. 

Submit artwork through 4-HOnline (https://v2.4honline.com/).

Questions? Contact the Extension Washington County office at 262-335-4478. 

We are Hiring!

We are hiring; job position: 4-H Program educator; apply now https://go.wisc.edu/ybt70b

Extension Washington County is hiring a 4-H Program Educator to lead and manage the full range of the 4-H program including clubs, after school programs, educational experiences, and camps.

Programming focus includes:
• Recruiting, training, developing, and managing volunteers focused on helping youth develop life skills that promote ongoing community involvement and strengthen youth leadership development
• Expanding 4-H membership and volunteer opportunities to underserved youth and adults
• Overseeing 4-H Clubs, 4-H Groups, 4-H Leaders Associations and committees and coordinating the process for youth and adult volunteer enrollment
• Strengthening the 4-H program by providing leadership for marketing, communications, member recruitment, and member retention;
• Cultivating collaborative efforts and partnerships with other organizations to expand 4-H programming opportunities.

Apply today! https://go.wisc.edu/ybt70b

Upcoming “Volunteers In Preparation” (VIP) Trainings for New 4-H Volunteers

Are you a new Washington County 4-H volunteer? Plan to attend one of our Volunteers in Preparation (VIP) trainings scheduled in January and February. This interactive training program includes:

  • Overview of Extension
  • Volunteer roles and responsibilities
  • Best practices when working with youth
  • Resources available to you

These are virtual trainings, by Zoom.

  • January 17 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • January 26 6:30 — 8:00 p.m.
  • February 8 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • February 21 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

The link to sign up is:  https://go.wisc.edu/8pr49v

Adult volunteer helping a youth do gardening

Extension Educators Carol Bralich & Paul Roback Receive Awards

Two adults holding award plaques
Carol Bralich, Human Development & Relationships Educator, and Paul Roback, Community Development Educator, receive the 2022 Excellence in Education & Outreach Award presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension on December 5, 2022

Extension Washington County’s Carol Bralich and Paul Roback were two of the three educators named by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension as recipients of the 2022 Excellence in Education & Outreach Award.

Carol and Paul were honored at UW-Extension’s 2022 All Colleague Conference held this week in Madison. These awards, presented by Dean Karl Martin, acknowledge Carol’s and Paul’s exceptional performance in their work for Extension through teaching, outreach, collaboration, and public service.

Selection criteria for the Excellence in Education & Outreach Award included

  • High impact of programming and outreach on intended audience
  • Passion for learning with a positive attitude
  • Commitment to expanding access, outreach, and inclusion in programming 
  • Characteristics of innovation, adaptability, and flexibility
  • Effective relationships at multiple levels (learners, colleagues, partners, etc.) 
  • Enthusiasm for the purpose, vision, and values of Extension

Congratulations to Carol and Paul!!