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1150 Bellevue Street, Green Bay, WI 54302
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Year-Long AmeriCorps VISTA

Brown County UW-Extension: Building Financial Literacy Capacity
2015-16 Yearlong Position Description
Minimum Qualifications:
  1. Education, training or experience in education or other areas relative to youth or community development
  2. Experience working in a team atmosphere with adults and youth
  3. Experience in team group facilitation and management
  4. Leadership experience working with and teaching youth, and working in a team atmosphere
  5. Interest in reaching underserved populations in Brown County
  6. Ability to work with urban organizations and represent Brown County UW-Extension
  7. Comfortable working with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and social media platforms (Facebook, Pinterest, etc.)
Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Minimum age 21
  2. Education or social services major, or similar experience
  3. Experience in youth programming development and implementation, including developing, teaching and recruiting others to teach programming for youth, grades K-8
  4. Working knowledge of social media technology (Facebook, Pinterest, etc.)
  5. Experience writing curricula and evaluationsResponsible to: Brown County UW-Extension Staff (Family Living Educator and 4-H Youth Development Educator)
VISTA Position Goal:

Brown County, WI is home to a significant urban population of youth and adults, with diverse and underserved youth throughout the county, including a local connection to the Oneida Nation. Financial literacy and money management skills have been documented as important skills for low income youth and adults to learn; however, there are few programs aimed to instill skill, knowledge and application into financial literacy. The goal of the yearlong AmeriCorps VISTA is to integrate financial literacy education (along with local access to nutritious, home grown foods and increase of physical activity) into:
  1. Youth out-of-school time programming opportunities throughout the year, and
  2. Adult organizations who work with diverse, underserved, at-risk and poverty populations
Objectives of the Position:

1. Assess community offerings and provide educational opportunities that increase financial literacy education related competencies into out-of-school time settings.
  • In partnership with area partners, including, but not limited to, Green Bay Public Schools, Boys and Girls Club and YMCA, assist in the development of financial literacy afterschool curriculum, experiential education and activity planning.
  • Develop marketing and recruitment tools to identify and select volunteers to serve in the positions of Afterschool Educator.Hold ongoing train the trainer sessions for afterschool educators. Assemble learning package and teaching packets for curriculum, recruit and train staff on curriculum/teaching packets.
  • Hold ongoing learning days for afterschool staff to continue learning and improving. Regularly communicate with afterschool setting staff to identify emerging issues of needs.
  • Evaluate program effectiveness by designing an evaluation tool, collecting data, and compiling data in the form of reports. Evaluation to include triangulation – data from school, instructor and student.
  • Offer training, curriculum and activities to groups outside of the afterschool arena – may include Kroc Center, Boy and Girl Scouts, FIELDS programming, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, etc.
2. Assist with the development of a Statewide Money on the Books program for youth.
  • In partnership with regional educators, research the Money on the Books, a program for youth to learn about financial literacy, program and write curriculum and activity adaptations and updates to apply to Brown County and Wisconsin low income youth. Assemble program supplies to test Money on the Books program. Develop and analyze evaluation. Create a parent/caregiver component to the Money on the Books youth program. Adapt the Money on the Books program to be shorter increments, to be used in various summer programs and camps.
  • Research culturally appropriate financial literacy programs for Native American youth and families. Based upon research, assist in the development of a youth financial literacy curriculum/program with an adult companion document/program for implementation with the Oneida Tribe, as well as sharing among other Native American tribes.
3. Assist with the development and expansion of community gardens for low income populations.
  • Develop marketing materials to address stretching financial resources by learning to grow culturally appropriate, nutritious foods.
  • Assist with the development of curriculum and marketing materials for a youth farmers’ market to promote financial experience and independence among middle and high school students.
  • Assist with fundraising efforts and grant writing for long-term sustainability of the Community Gardens Program.

4. Assist with the development of Poverty Simulations and Financial Literacy Educational Program that spans the lifetime (programs for youth to senior citizens), designed to create and raise awareness of what it’s like to live in poverty.
  • Develop marketing and promotional materials for Poverty Simulations. Promote simulations to schools, businesses, faith communities and human service organizations. The intention of a poverty simulation is to build awareness of what poverty looks and feels like when you are in it, and addresses what each individual can do to address and alleviate poverty.
  • Assist with the development of both partnerships with local organizations and the development of trainings and workshops for financial literacy for youth and adults.
  • Promote financial management programs for low income youth through schools and youth serving organizations, including Money Smart Head Start.
  • Assist in the development of an evaluation tool for financial literacy. Compile data and complete research report of data collected.

Position timeframe: August 12, 2015-August 11, 2016. Typical hours are Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30, with occasional evenings and weekends. Monthly living allowance is $946 (take home approximately $850); member will receive a $4725 educational award for their service. Student loan deferment, health insurance and other benefits may be available. VISTA members may have NO other employment during service.

For more information, please contact Melinda Pollen at 920-391-4613. To apply please send resume and cover letter to: Melinda Pollen, Brown County 4-H Youth Development Educator, 1150 Bellevue Street, Green Bay, WI 54302 or submit electronically to For full consideration, apply by May 20, 2015.

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  • 2014 Community Resource Handbook
  • The 2014 Community Resource Handbooks are available at the Ag & Extension Service Center, 1150 Bellevue St, Green Bay. The cost is $3.50 per book. Please click on the cover to place an order.

  • 4-H and Youth Development
  • Developing leadership, character and good citizenship in America's youth while having fun!

  • 4-H Tech Wizard Grant Comes to Brown County 4-H
  • Brown County 4-H is looking for 3-4 volunteers, who would be interested in working with ten (10) 4th and 5th grade students from Fort Howard’s afterschool program, as part of a national program that is coming to Brown County beginning February 2015 – called 4-H Tech Wizards. The Tech Wizards program is a formal, year-long mentoring program for students that capitalizes on using emerging technologies as a way of engaging and involving youth and their families in learning basic life and workforce skills. The mentoring program aspires to have youth see post-secondary education, productive jobs and careers and community engagement as attainable for them.
  • We are looking for 3-4 adults to serve as mentors for the program. These mentors would work with students (at a 1-3/1-4 ratio) at Fort Howard for about 1-1.5 hours per week (exact schedule will be set based around the mentors’ schedules) on a STEM related afterschool hands-on project, which could range from robotics or any other STEM related project (balloon powered cars, aerodynamics, construction – the topics are limitless!!). The mentors would make a 1 year commitment, and of course would receive initial and ongoing STEM education from our office and the State 4-H office. Volunteers DO NOT need to have a STEM background – training will be provided.
  • Click here to view the position description. If you, or anyone you know, is interested, please contact Melinda Pollen at 391-4613 or

  • Agriculture

  • Brown County UW-Extension & NEW Master Gardener are Offering 2015 Horticulture Classes
  • Sustainable Lawn Care Practices
  • Wednesday, April 29; 6-8 PM, Ag & Extension Service Center
  • Learn up-to-date basic of lawn care from Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Educator. Learn when, what, and how for fertilizing, weed control, maintenance, and grass seed selection. Cost to attend is $5 payable to the Brown County Treasurer. Pre-register by sending your contact information and payment to: Hort Dept., Brown County UW-Extension,
  • 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay, WI 54302.
  • Growing Blueberries in Containers
  • Wednesday, May 6; 5-6:30 PM, Ag & Extension Service Center
  • Our soil in Northeast Wisconsin generally is too basic to successfully grow blueberries. Contained blueberries offer the chance to keep the medium blueberries are in at a level they can thrive. Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Educator, will help guide us to tasty results. Cost to attend is $5 payable to the Brown County Treasurer. Pre-register by sending your contact information and payment to: Hort Dept., Brown County UW-Extension, 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay, WI 54302.
  • For more information on the 2015 Horticulture classes contact:
  • Brown County UW-Extension Horticulture Department at 920-391-4653

  • Compost Bins are available at UW-Extension
  • Composting yard materials and certain food scraps can provide valuable material for gardens and landscaping while reducing costs for landfilling. Compost is a soil-like material produced from the breakdown of organic materials that is rich in stabilized carbon. It is considered a soil amendment, rather than a fertilizer, because it usually contains only small amounts of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Lawn fertilizer contains significant amounts of all three.
  • Home composting can be done in bins or in a heap, however, bins are a better way to manage the materials in an urban setting. UW-Extension, in partnership with Brown County Solid Waste, are selling compost bins for $55 which includes a recipe book. The bin measures approximately 3 feet wide by 3 feet tall and holds 13 cubic feet of material. Stop in at 1150 Bellevue Street, Green Bay, to purchase one!

  • Need to test your soil?
  • What you need to do:
  • Gather a composite sample of the soil that you would like to be tested. Collect small samples from at least 6 locations in the area and combine them into one composite sample.
  • Sample the soil from about 5 to 7 inches into the ground
  • You will need at least 2 cups of soil for each composite sample
  • Bring your soil to the Brown County UW-Extension Office.
  • The samples are shipped out every Wednesday to the UW Soil & Forage Analysis Lab in Marshfield.
  • Wait for your results
  • This can take from 10 days to 2 weeks, but during the spring and early summer it may take longer due to a large number of samples at the lab.
  • If you have questions about your results you can contact the Brown County UW-Extension Horticulture Help Desk at -- 920-391-4615.

  • Family Living

  • Education Simulations for Our Community

  • Nutrition Education Program
  • The Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (WNEP) at UW-Extension in Brown Count helps the limited resource families and individuals at all stages of life establish healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle to increase food security and prevent or postpone nutrition-related chronic disease.

  • Community Gardens
  • For a number of years, Brown County UW-Extension has supported the development of urban community gardens throughout the Green Bay area. The gardens are managed cooperatively by Brown County UW-Extension, the City of Green Bay, and local volunteers. Financial support comes from the UW System, the United States Department of Agriculture, and local private donors.
  • For more information, click here.

  • FIELDS is a Wisconsin-based collaboration of professional science education partners who provide authentic and relevant environmental science and science education experiences for students and teachers through in-the-field, hands-on activities.
  • Our award-winning educators bring our programs to your schools, offering unmatched outdoor educational experiences while saving you transportation expenses.
  • FIELDS programs are well-researched and exceed current science standards as well as the Common Core Science Standards. Various programs also satisfy Math, Technology, Social Sciences, Language Arts, Art and Physical Education standards.
  • They are available for students of all ages – from Pre-K through grade 12 and with state-of-the-art technology we can provide e-field trips, videoconferencing and more.
  • We offer flexibility:
  • Schedule programs for the time you have available, from a few hours to all day or even multiple days.
  • Combine programs or topic areas to experience more than one curriculum area or educator.
  • Put together a program that satisfies your curriculum and hands-on needs – we’ll help you do it!
  • If you prefer, some programs also are available “on the road,” creating a field excursion away from the school grounds, taking advantage of our rich natural heritage in Northeast Wisconsin.
  • Our goal is to link professionals, students, teachers and communities through outdoor field experiences.
  • For more information, click here.
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  • The University of Wisconsin Extension provides affirmative action and equal opportunity in education, programming and employement for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, gender/sex, creed, disability, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital or parental, arrest or conviction record, or veteran status.
Contact:  Judy Knudsen - Family Living Educator/Department Head
Phone: 920-391-4610
Fax: 920-391-4617
Mailing Address:  1150 Bellevue Street
Green Bay, WI 54302
Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
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