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UME Response


UME-Baltimore City, 4-H Youth Development COVID 19 Response 

The UME-Baltimore City, 4-H Youth Development Program provides opportunities for young people to thrive through educational programming that focuses on service- learning, workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math (STEAM), and personal wellness—including fitness and nutrition. Our 4- H educators are offering online activities and lessons to keep students engaged in education and involved with each other. Through club connections and partnerships with local organizations, the 4-H team is transitioning meetings to online platforms or conference calls, and have been developing innovative ways to offer new materials. 

One 4-H educator is providing weekly STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & math) activities for his students, as well as fun videos on YouTube educating them on the importance of following current safety guidelines like wearing a mask. The video is also an effort to engage youth in community service by encouraging them to create their own PSA robot dance video. The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks plans to upload the video on their website to engage Baltimore City youth. 

Another 4-H educator worked on a series of easy to do STEM lessons to distribute to 4-H volunteers. The lessons were a continuation of January-March 2020 STEM lessons she taught to 3rd and 4th graders. The lessons ranged from using 4-H Power of Wind curriculum and learning about wind pressure to exploring the Engineering Design Process by building sailboats and other structures. 

The 4-H Teen Corps program engages youth 12-18 and adult mentors in learning and demonstrating skills learned in Leadership, Workforce Readiness, and Service-Learning to become trainers and facilitators. This summer and fall, Teen Corps members will offer training and technical assistance to youth organizations locally and regionally to implement Teen Corps programs. For more information about Teen Corps please click the link for an overview of the programs and curriculum at 

These are only a few examples of the dynamic virtual education happening as we continue to adjust to the changes associated with the stay-at-home order. We are committed to educating our communities. As always, find news and updates at and your local Extension personnel at


Family Consumer Science programs response to COVID 19

     On April 20, 2020, the University of Maryland Extension, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Baltimore Medical System with the Latino group “B’more Fit for Healthy Babies, Patterson Park” had the opportunity to launch the first EFNEP Facebook Live in Spanish. EFNEP Baltimore City Coordinator and a Nutrition Educator joined efforts to reach out to Latinx participants and showed them support and resources in Baltimore City during the COVID -19 Pandemic. This is the beginning of a series of five (5) Facebook Live nutrition live workshops. Our first session was supposed to have only 20 guests, but we had a beautiful turnout, reaching 72 viewers and signing 12 Latinos mothers who are now participating with EFNEP every Monday at 2:30 PM until May 18, 2020. Because of this opportunity, now the B’more Fit for Healthy Babies, Patterson Park program is making their Facebook group page available to the public. For more information please click the link

    The University of Maryland Extension, Food Supplement Nutrition Education (FSNE) is finding innovative ways to continue to educate and support the communities we serve during this challenging time. Through our social media messaging and our text messaging programs (Text2BHealthy, Text4HealtyTots) we are relaying pertinent updates through partners and collaborators regarding meal and food distribution sites to those individuals in need of nutritional resources. FSNE designed COVID-19 specific outreach materials for our audience receiving assistance at locations for meal distribution and food access. The first piece of materials will be a double-sided flyer with youth and adult information related to food access (resources, grocery shopping, etc), physical activity, and family meals. These materials will be distributed in partnership with food pantries around the city. FSNE is also in the process of creating online resources such as read-aloud that highlight books in our Read for Health curriculum, and fitness videos to share with teachers as they provide instruction through distance learning.

   As we are approaching the summer, FSNE has started to reach out to farmers’ markets to discuss ways that we can best support them and their clientele during this market season. Educational materials will be highlighted instead of direct education with market shoppers due to social distancing concerns.

   The University of Maryland Extension, Financial Education program is hosting a training on Household Financial Management tomorrow that was requested by the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. Participants will acquire knowledge to help themselves and/or their clientele in the community:

 Housing - Rental Eviction and Home Foreclosure Prevention –COVID updates
 Resources for the Household Finance-COVID updates
 Basic Economics Models to get anyone out of financial troubles: o Modeling Income, Consumption, Saving relationship in household finance
 Economics Stabilizer Model - Stabilizing Household Finances
 Living in Financial Wellness                                    


Food shortages and social distancing in grocery stores have caused agriculture and local food sources to be at the forefront of the public’s mind. For over 100 years, Extension has been serving the needs of Maryland’s farm families and home gardeners, and during this pandemic, Extension is committed to providing the same quality education as always through virtual and online formats.

Check out some of our innovative new teaching methods and tools developed and offered by our knowledgeable Extension agents to help Maryland’s farmers and gardeners. All of these programs are free and open to everyone.

Ask-An-Agent Live Facebook Hour - Premiering this week, Courtney Coddington, Alexa Smarr and Peter Coffey are coming together every week to answer questions in a talk-show format about home gardening, pests, and agriculture. The weekly show broadcasts every Tuesday at 10 a.m. on the Carroll County Extension Facebook page. Watch the first Ask-An-Agent Live.

Vegetable and Fruit Gardening Wednesday Webinars - Luke Gustafson, senior agricultural agent and Master Gardener in Charles County, is offering free, online webinars every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in home gardening can participate in Unique Fruits for Home Landscapes, Getting Started with Vegetable Gardening, and Vegetable Gardening in Small Spaces

Master Gardener Facebook Tutorials - Master Gardeners across the state are taking to Facebook to share short videos with spring planting and home gardening tips. In Garrett County, Master Gardener Coordinator Ashley Bodkins taught Seed Starting and Transplanting Skills, and in Allegany County, Sherry Frick demonstrates how to properly plant a tree. Follow their Facebook pages for more tips and videos.

Garden Hoe’s Podcast - Since last fall, Eastern Shore Extension agents, Emily Zobel, Rachel Rhodes, and Mikaela Boley have been producing the Garden Hoes Podcast. Covering a variety of topics from garden tool care to soil health, the agents produce the monthly show and share tips on their Facebook page.

Grow It Eat It Signature Program - Since 2009, Master Gardeners have taught classes/workshops, developed demonstration gardens, and have educated Marylanders how to produce their own affordable and healthy food while using sustainable gardening practices in their home, community, and school gardens. This Signature Extension Program, recognized for its outstanding curriculum and development, also provides educational gardening videos through a YouTube channel

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