New members elected to University of Missouri Extension Council

Congratulations are extended to seven new council members who were elected to the Camden County University of Missouri Extension Council following elections held county wide on January 19 through 25, 2015.  New Council members will serve a two year term, effective Mar. 3, 2015.

New Council members are as follows:

District I:  Paul DiBello, Courtney Lent, Kwabena Asante, Shawn Dandoy and John Suellentrop

District II:  Craig Smith

District III:  Robert Morris

University of Missouri Extension aims to extend the education and information resources available through the University of Missouri to members of the local community.  Council  members play an important role in this process guiding the direction that programming takes in the county.

The Camden County Extension Council meets the last Tuesday of each month at the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, Camdenton.  Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. and are open to all.

The Camden County University of Missouri Extension office has professional staff available to assist you with questions in the fields of agriculture, business development, youth development, health and nutrition, financial education, family and human development. 

2014 Farmer's Tax Guide

A limited number of the 2014 Farmer's Tax Guide are now available at the Camden County University of Missouri Extension Office.  Please stop by the office and pick one up.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is a 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 individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.  Mental Health First uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social and self-help care.

This course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, child care providers, etc.)  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.

By attending this training you will learn the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder.  Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling.  Participants learn a core five-step action plan to support an adolescent developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis. 

The University of Missouri Extension is offering the Youth Mental Health First Aid training on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m..  In case of inclement weather the training will be moved to the following Saturday.  The training will be held at the Hy-Vee Club Room, 929 Highway D in Osage Beach.  There is a $40 charge for the class, which includes lunch and a manual for each participant.,  Each participant who completes the class will be a certified Youth Mental Health First Aider.  Preregistration and prepayment is required.  Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.  Child care providers will receive eight clock hours for attending.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid training will also be offered on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The training will be held at the Hy-Vee Club Room, 929 Highway D in Osage Beach.  There is a $40 charge for the class, which includes lunch and a manual for each participant.,  Each participant who completes the class will be a certified Youth Mental Health First Aider.  Preregistration and prepayment is required.  Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.  Child care providers will receive eight clock hours for attending.

For more information, contact Sarah Traub, Human Development and Family Studies Specialist, 660-882-5661 or traubs@missouri.edu or Rebecca Travnichek, Family Financial Education Specialist, 573-346-2644 or TravnichekR@missouri.edu.  To register, call the University of Missouri Extension - Camden County Office at 573-346-2644 or by email at camdenco@missouri.edu

Youth Mental Health First Aid flyer and registration form for Feb 21 training (PDF)

Youth Mental Health First Aid flyer and registration form for Mar 6 training (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 accommodate 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 minutes 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.