New Haven County 4-H

UConn 4-H is hiring Associate Extension Educators!

4-H logoThe Department of Extension is seeking applicants for three full-time (11-month), non-tenure track Assistant/Associate Extension Educators. One position will target Food and Agricultural Literacy, one on Environmental Literacy, and the other will focus on Healthy Lifestyles Literacy. These three vacant positions are not specifically designated to an assigned location. Final placement will be negotiable, with one educator primarily based in each of the following locations: (a) the Fairfield County Extension Office in Bethel, (b) the New Haven County Extension Office in North Haven, and (c)the Windham County Extension Office in Brooklyn.

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Applications will only be accepted through Academic Jobs Online

Screening of applicants will continue until the position is filled.

Meet Erin Korowotny: New Haven County 4-H Intern

Erin Korowotny

Hello everyone! My name is Erin Korowotny and I am very excited to be the intern for New Haven County 4-H this summer! I am a rising senior in UConn CAHNR, studying Agriculture and Natural Resources. Currently, I serve as the Treasurer of the UConn Agriculture Advocacy Club. After graduation, I hope to pursue a career in either Extension education, or become a high school agriculture teacher. I was an avid FFA member in my 4 years of high school, but never got involved in 4-H, so I am excited to learn more about what it has to offer to its members. This summer I am working on virtual ways for our 4-H members to celebrate their annual fair and their accomplishments, as well as activities that can be done from home to keep members engaged and busy.
To see more of what I’m doing with New Haven County 4-H, check out our new Instagram page: middlesexnewhaven4hfair

4-H Mentor Memos

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Mentor MemosA newsletter of helpful information for adults who mentor children

40 Developmental Assets researched by the Search Institute.

Developmental Assetsare positive factors within young people, families, communities, schools, and other settings that research has found to be important in promoting the healthy development of young people.


Building Assets to Promote a Positive Youth Development

4-H believes that a highly effective approach to positive youth development focuses on identifying, enhancing and capitalizing on the strengths/assets of individual young people and the communities within which they live.

Tips for Building These Assets

  • Create a strong foundation in a young person’s life by taking time, remaining patient, and giving a whole lot of love and caring.
  • Value each one of them as individuals
  •  Communicate to one another your family’s values, boundaries, and expectations (as well as those of the community).
  • Give young people the appropriate amount of freedom to make their own decisions depending on their ages, but also offer options along the way.

Here are the facts

Children and teenagers who have high levels of these assets get involved in fewer risky behaviors and are much more likely to exhibit the positive values. The bad news is most young people don’t have enough assets. About 59% of young people, ages 11–18, have 20 or fewer Developmental Assets, according to Search Institute surveys. The good news is we can change this!

Understanding Developmental Assets

8 crucial asset categories found crucial by the Search Institute in helping young people.


  • Support
  • Empowerment
  • Boundaries and Expectations
  • Constructive Use of Time
  • Commitment to Learning
  • Positive Values
  • Social Competencies
  • Positive Identity


We’re All In This Together

 Young people depend on caring adults to provide the external assets.

In your home and family: Ask your children to name a few people who support them. If they don’t name at least three adults, invite some of the adults you know and trust to get involved in your children’s lives.

In your neighborhood and community: Advocate that your community develop meaningful opportunities for young people, such as creative youth programs or service projects.

In your school or 4-H club: Make a point to know every young person’s. Smile when you see them and let them know you expect them to always do their best. Acknowledge their achievements and help them when they’re struggling.

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