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The 2007 initiative offers grants for both introductory- and intermediate-level GIS programs. The introductory level supports 4-H Clubs new to GIS and GPS technology. The intermediate level is for clubs that have successfully applied for and received software under a previous 4-H GIS grant from ESRI and have completed the requirements of submitting a Community Atlas project, participating in a GIS Day event, and completing a community service project.
American Forests, the nation's oldest nonprofit citizens' conservation organization, is joining with ESRI on the 4-H grants by providing its CITYgreen extension for ArcView for intermediate applicants doing tree inventories as part of their community service project. Additional information and applications can be found at www.esri.com/industries.
The grant program is one aspect of a multifaceted initiative currently being developed by ESRI in cooperation with National 4-H Headquarters that will help its members expand their current GIS programs. The programs include the National 4-H GIS/GPS Technology Integration Team and the National 4-H GIS/GPS Technology Program.
In addition, the 4-H geospatial curriculum, Exploring Spaces, Going Places, was released in October 2006. Detailed information regarding the curriculum may be found at www.n4hccs.org/gisgps.
ESRI has supported 4-H Clubs with its GIS grant programs since 2004. To date, more than 300 grants of ArcView and ArcPad software and Virtual Campus training have been awarded to selected clubs, enabling those members to learn and use GIS technology in their community service projects.
For additional information, contact Esther Worker, ESRI 4-H program manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About 4-H4-H is a community of more than six and one-half million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. The 4-H youth development program is offered in every county of the United States through the Cooperative Extension Service. Local 4-H contact information is available at www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension/index.html.
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