Positive Youth Development Impact February 2023

  • This February, Sheboygan Outreach Collective (formerly Sheboygan United) celebrated its one-year anniversary of coordinating resources fairs for underserved Sheboygan communities. We returned to Sheridan Elementary School to present a Family Resource Fair especially intended to support Spanish-speaking families, but open to everyone in the community. This is the sixth resource event that we have presented to the community. New partners included QPS Staffing agency, A Million Dreamz Childcare, Progressive Beginnings, Sisterwell, Wisconsin Advantage, and the HHS Child and Family Resource Unit. Health screenings and some takeaways were offered to families. Our next confirmed event will take place at Generations in Plymouth in May, and another was offered in January at the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association.
  • Participants in Youth Mental Health training are 4H volunteers and other Extension staff. Following this two-hour training, participants are better prepared to respond to youth mental health crises that may occur during 4-H activities. They are more aware of resources for referral, how to evaluate whether a youth presents an imminent danger to self or others, when to ask Extension staff for support, and how to engage distressed youth in supportive dialogue about their current mental state. Lisa Sanderson took the Extension training so that she could co-facilitate training sessions which are fully based on Extension provided content and format.