eXtension Part of Managing in Tough Times National Extension Initiative

Few Americans are exempt from the stresses of the national financial and economic crisis. The Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) Program Committee has initiated a collaborative effort to mobilize Extension’s capabilities to provide relevant, community-based educational programs on a national scale to complement what is already available at http://www.extension.org. The project will involve the content areas of individual and family financial and stress management, farm and ranch financial and risk management, community economic development, and youth development. eXtension is contributing to the initiative by providing communication and marketing leadership, as well as and technical support. A new collaborative workspace has been established at: http://collaborate.extension.org/wiki/Managing_In_Tough_Times and in cooperation with North Carolina State University, the University of Minnesota and CYFERNet, a MiTTNet searchable directory is being developed. The new database is to be made available for states to enter relevant programs and resources later this summer.