2015 Grandfamilies Conference

"We Are Better Together" is the theme for the 2015 Grandfamilies Conference to be held Friday, October 16 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty.  The conference is geared toward those raising a grandchild, niece or nephew and any others acting as a caregiver in a parenting role. Ten community partners have come together to sponsor exhibits and workshops, as well as complimentary morning refreshments and lunch. The conference itself is free, but registration by October 9th is required to attend.  Printable Flyer with detailed registration.  For more information contact Christina Brunkow or Diana Milne at (816) 407-3490 or email brunkowc@missouri.edu or milned@missouri.edu.

Moving and Learning is Subject of NEEC After Work Seminar

Sofie Alexander of The Family Conservancy will present a training session on "Moving and Learning" as part of the continuing Northland Early Education Council After Work Seminar workshops for day care providers. The program is September 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the North Kansas City Hospital Health Services Pavilion in the Frontier Room. Registration is required by Tuesday, September 8th. A fee of $15 covers handouts and refreshments. For more information or if you have questions, contact Diana Milne, (816) 407-3490 or milned@missouri.edu.

4-H Open House - September 10

Come and learn more about 4-H on September 10 at Earnest Shepherd Youth Center in Liberty starting at 6:00 pm.  4-H members and leaders will be sharing their 4-H experience!  At 6:30 there will be an informational meeting for all parents.  4-H is for youth who will reach their 8th birthday by January 1 but will not be over 19 years old on their birthday. 4-H is open to everyone, regardless of race, religion, color, disability, gender, or place of resident. Clay County also offers a pre-4-H program called Clover Kids for youth 5-7 years old.  (Print Open House Flyer.) 

4-H is a volunteer-led organization that reaches boys and girls through club work. Members can choose from over 40 projects in which to participate, most using hands-on learning experiences to teach subject matter and life-skills such as cooperation, leadership, and decision-making skills that can be applied over and over for a lifetime.

4-H is a family affair where family members help out as group leaders, project leaders, and meeting helpers. 

4-H families learn more about each other through their involvement as they learn to appreciate each other’s strengths and talents.

To find out more about Clay County 4-H, call (816) 407-3490 or by email at clayco@missouri.edu. Now is the perfect time to join.

Clay County Extension Council Welcomes New 4-H Youth Specialist

On August 3rd the Clay County Extension Council and the University of Missouri welcome Emily Reiersgaard as the new Clay County 4-H Youth Specialist.  Ms. Reiersgaard is a graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa with a B.A. in Sociology and a M.S. from Michigan State in Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies. She was a Peace Corp volunteer for 2 years in Bamako, Mali helping farmers adopt sustainable agriculture practices to improve yields and reduce environmental impact. She was a 4-H Specialist in Arlington, Virginia where she tripled the number of 4-H members in the program in two years. Emily is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota and was a 4-H member in Washington County. Emily will not only work with the traditional 4-H clubs in Clay County, but begin networking to build 4-H within the school program setting.

Business Classes for 2015

Two classes to assist entrepreneurs in getting off to the right start are being offered by University Extension in cooperation with the Full Employment Council.  Classes are being offered in four locations. First Steps to Starting a Business is a 4-hour class that provides an overview of the critical first steps associated with starting a business. Basics of Writing a Business Plan is a 2-hour session designed for those who want to know how to create a business plan that will be a useful management tool for their business. For more details or to see if you qualify as a Missouri Dislocated Worker, contact Richard Zarate;  zarater@missouri.edu or 816-407-3496.  Information Flyer (PDF)

Northland Grandfamilies

 Are you raising a grandchild or other relative?  Need support, information or resources?  Clay County Extension, the Clay County Senior Services, and the Platte County Senior Fund have developed a partnership to help those in just such a situation. If you or someone you know is a grandparent, aunt or uncle raising children, contact the Clay County Extension Center at 816-407-3490 for more details on the “Northland Grandfamilies” program.  View the information flyer (PDF) for general monthly support group meeting dates. For a current program flyer, contact 816-407-3490.

Master Gardeners answer questions

The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City are available to answer your questions on lawn, flowers, trees, and gardening. Call 816-833-8733 (TREE) or email your question to mggkc.hotline@gmail.com.  Questions will be answered as quickly as possible. Master Gardeners are present in the Clay County Extension office, 1901 NE 48th Street, KCMO on Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to Noon. Monday, Wednesday and Friday they are in Blue Springs (same phone number).