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Celebrating with Farm Bureau as they begin their Centennial year by receiving a proclamation from the Fresno County Board of Supervisors.


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Welcome Mandeep Virk-Baker to UCCE!

Dr. Mandeep Virk Baker is the Area Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences advisor for Fresno and Madera Counties. She received her Ph.D. in Nutrition Sciences from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012. She also received her MPH degree and a Global Health Graduate Certificate from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2013.  

She received her Registered Dietitian certification from the Commission on Dietetic Registration in 2014. Prior joining UCCE, Dr. Virk-Baker completed a post-doctoral Cancer Prevention  training at the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health. At NCI, Dr. Virk-Baker’s research was focused in the areas of dietary carcinogens, tobacco, nutrition, and global health. Dr. Virk-Baker has expertise in basic lab science, epidemiology, community nutrition, public health & policy.

She is excited to join our Fresno team and is looking forward to building collaborations for extension and research in Fresno and Madera. She is passionate about utilizing her scientific skills for improving health and wellbeing of our local communities.

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Positive Youth Development Exhibited in 4-H Teens

Positive Youth Development Exhibited in 4-H Teens

Positive Youth Developed Exhibited in 4-H Teens

1,000 4-H members in Fresno County practice learning by doing with skill development. Teens have become engaged in developing leadership characteristics by planning events and activities, teaching skill development sessions at workshops and camps, and inviting present leaders to share their knowledge and talents. Fresno County 4-H Youth Development takes the five C’s of positive youth development seriously. Melanie Curtis encourages teens to practice the five C’s including:

* Competence: A positive view of one’s actions.
* Confidence: An internal sense of overall positive self-worth and selfefficacy.
* Connection: Positive bonds with others; contributing to relationships.
* Character: Respect for norms, a sense of right and wrong, and integrity.
* Caring/Compassion: A sense of sympathy and empathy.

Active teen involvement in 4-H includes a sixth C: Contributions to self, family and community. Service learning opportunities help 4-H teens appreciate the gifts they give and receive in exchanges with others through service such as contributions to the local food bank and conducting special events at youth and senior centers.

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The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) is a statewide network of campus based Agricultural Experiment Station researchers and Cooperative Extension specialists located on the Berkeley, Davis and Riverside campuses working collaboratively with county-based Cooperative Extension advisors located in 50 county offices throughout the state.



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