Thanks Extended to 4-H Youth Scholarship Donors

The Camden County University of Missouri Extension extends thanks to all of the following companies and individuals for their generous donations in support of youth in Camden County.

     Bank of Urbana
     Barbara Fredholm
     Camden County Farm Bureau
     Camdenton Rotary Club
     Carolyn Solomon
     Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks
     Clancy and Patricia Barrett
     Cliff and Vicky Luber
     Community Foundation of the Lake
     Crown Dental Center
     Daybreak Rotary
     First National Bank
     Golden Rule Insurance Agency
     Hedges-Scott Funeral Home 
     James Hansen
     Kathy Fayant
     Kwik Kar Wash Detail Lube
     Sleeper Country Market
     Lake Dental Clinic
     Lake Ozark Rotary
     Lake Regional Health System
     Laurie Sunrise Beach Rotary Club       
     Mid Missouri Credit Union
     Naught-Naught Insurance
     Re/MAX Lake of the Ozarks Charitable Foundation
     Robin's Place, LLC
     Save A Lot, Camdenton
     Scotts Concrete
     Sheila Morse
     The Bank of Versailles
     The Lodge of the Four Seasons
     Tim and Julie Decker
     Tom Walker
     Trico Dock Center
     Wal-Mart, Camdenton
     Woods Supermarket 

Youth Mental Health First Aid training

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an eight hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individauls how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. 

The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder.  The Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youth, ages 12 to 18.  This course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents, such as teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, etc. 

The Camden County UM Extension is offering this course on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The class will be held in the Hy-Vee Club Room located at 929 Highway D in Osage Beach.  Preregistration and prepayment is required.  Child Care Providers will receive eight clock hours for the 2014 year.  Everyone who completes the class will be a certified Youth Mental Health First Aider.  There is a $40 charge for the class, which includes lunch and a manual for each participant.  For more information or to register, contact the Camden County UM Extension Office at 573-346-2644 or by email at camdenco@missouri.edu.  The registration form and check made payable to UM Extension can also be mailed to P O Box 1405, Camdenton, MO  65020

Youth Mental Health First Aid flyer (PDF)
Youth Mental Health First Aid registration form (PDF)

MU Extension offers online course for board members of nonprofits

University of Missouri Extension is offering online training for board members of nonprofit organizations.  "Serving on a board is a little different from volunteering for an event or activity," says Connie Mefford, associate extension professional and community development specialist in Benton County.  "I think many people don't understand their legal responsibility."

While board members can bring valuable skills and knowledge, they might not be ready to deal with issues such as conflicts of interest, maintaining minutes and other required documents, compensation of paid employees, and proper handling of grants, donations and other income, Mefford said.

Bringing new board members up to speed can be difficult and expensive for small nonprofits, especially in rural communities.  "It's hard enough to find time to go to meetings and go to events," she said, noting that volunteer board members for small nonprofits usually juggle service with full-time jobs, family life and other commitments.

She teamed up with fellow extension community development specialists Georgia Stuart-Simmons and Larry Dickerson to develop the online course, "Build Your Board."  Mefford says they designed the course to accomodate the busy schedules of board members and the tight budgets of small nonprofit service agencies such as food pantries.  Oversight by an engaged board of directors can be critical to the continued fiscal health of a small nonprofit, she says. 

"Board members are often not really involved in the finances," Mefford said.  "But if the organization begins to fail, the responsibility falls on them.  If they had been more involved, they might have been able to provide some guidance."

The course consists of 16 downloadable lessons covering such topics as finances, teamwork, conflict, meetings, planning, paperwork and avoiding crises.  Participants can ask questions and discuss lessons with instructors by email.

Lessons take about 10 to 15 minues to complete.  Participants have three months to complete the training.  Those who pass a test at the end of the course receive a certificate of completion.

To register, go to http://tinyurl.com/MU-BuildBoard