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Public policy update — proposed financial literacy

Sharon Powell, Extension educator

A new bill is up for consideration in the Minnesota State Legislature and Extension employees are providing education and content into the process. The bill, SF19, involves adding a personal finance course as a high school graduation requirement. Extension specialist Joyce Serido has been part of a coalition that was instrumental in bringing the bill to the legislature for consideration. The coalition, meeting on a monthly basis for a year and a half, is composed of people representing different professional perspectives who share a common goal of improving financial literacy for young people. One member of the group, financial planner Jason Kley, met several times with his Senator, Steve Cwodzinski, about the importance of financial education. Simultaneously, Senator Cwodzinski was hearing from some of his constituents about the need for youth financial literacy, including Minnesota Jump$tart. He became convinced of the importance of having a financi…

Can you make it without a community partner?

Serdar Mamedov, Extension educator

Very often in our work, we engage with communities from different ethnic backgrounds. This is exciting and yet for many of us might be a new learning experience. This experience might be promising, challenging, exciting, frustrating, easy-going, or even difficult. This is not an exhaustive list of adjectives we can use to describe our experiences when working with different communities. We all have our own descriptions. So, what are those skills, knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes that one should possess to successfully plan and develop culturally inclusive programs? Developing cross-cultural competencies are an integral part of our professional work and they can help us to successfully engage with communities from varying ethnic backgrounds. But I would argue that there are some other factors that can get in your way and cause you to fall short to achieve your desired results. To engage the community in a meaningful conversation or to ask the communi…

SNAP-Ed Works!

Mary Caskey, Associate program director, health & nutrition programs

Each year we evaluate the impact of the great work of SNAP-Ed. Thanks to many of you SNAP-Ed reached over 203,000 Minnesotans in 2018. Take a look at the new infographic (PDF) and see how SNAP-Ed works!


SNAP-Ed helps people lead healthier lives. SNAP-Ed educators teach low-income families and individuals about good nutrition and making their food dollars stretch further. SNAP-Ed educators also help participants learn how to be physically active.

Inside the numbers of Greater Minnesota

Dear Colleagues:

In 2019, I will run occasional features, showcasing the great work of Extension beyond Family Development. All of us in Extension are committed to Minnesota, the partnerships we have, and the families we are honored to serve. This article appeared originally in Extension Highlights.

Michael Brott, communications manager

Welcome Anna Ingemann

Heather Lee, Educational resource development and support manager

Anna Ingemann has joined Family Development as an undergraduate student worker. She is assisting in the area of communications and educational resource development working on editing and transcribing videos, as well as assisting with social media and other graphic design-related projects as needed. Anna is a freshman in the College of Design and a native of the Twin Cities. We are very excited to have Anna join us and put her many design-related talents to use.

Help us show how #UMNExtWorks

By Jessica Barnes, communications specialist

In 2018, University of Minnesota Extension held its first #UMNExtWorks Twitter campaign. The reach, the number of times #UMNExtWorks is viewed in Twitter feeds, was over 150,000 — with a good mix of programs across Minnesota.

Thanks @BolderOptions for last night. @UMNExtFD taught great young people in Minneapolis about finances. Clever card sort game focuses on a great tip for everyone – sort out your needs and wants. #UMNExtWorkspic.twitter.com/F2MTLfrw9h — Family Development (@UMNExtFD) February 23, 2018