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Wednesday, March 23 • 7:45pm - 8:15pm
Older Youth Evaluation Committee Update

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The EFNEP Older Youth Evaluation Committee was formed in 2018 with the charge of revising the behavioral indicators for EFNEP youth participants in grades 6-12. Since then, EFNEP coordinators, supervisors, and evaluators from 19 states and territories have come together to review literature, solicit feedback from other coordinators and frontline staff, develop revised indicators, and conduct preliminary testing. In this brief committee update, we will provide an overview of the committee’s work so far, highlight changes to indicators we are testing, and discuss future directions for question testing and a proposed timeline for the rollout of the revised EFNEP 6th-12th Grade Survey.
Geb Bastian is a PhD Candidate in the Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program at Rutgers University and is the Website Manager and Curriculum Coordinator for the New Jersey EFNEP. He earned his B.S. in Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and completed his dietetic internship at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. His dissertation research aims to support EFNEP programming and evaluation for high school aged teens. Geb joined the Older Youth Evaluation Committee in 2019 and has since assumed leadership for the preliminary validity and reliability testing and is the project’s Principal Investigator. Geb aims to defend his dissertation this summer, and after graduating, he will stay in the Extension family by joining the faculty at South Dakota State University’s School of Health and Consumer Sciences as an Assistant Professor and Extension Nutrition and Health State Specialist.
Lyn Brock is the Nutrition Education Professional Development Coordinator for the University of California Cooperative Extension’s EFNEP and SNAP-Ed programs. She leads the statewide training program for about 150 nutrition educators and nutrition program supervisors. Lyn is a Registered Dietitian and holds a Master’s degree in Education. She has worked with the UC nutrition education programs for the past 9 years.

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Geb Bastian, RDN

Website Manager & Curriculum Coordinator, Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey
Come talk to me about teen education, evaluation, and physical activity education! I'm excited to announce that this fall, I will be joining South Dakota State University as an Extension Nutrition and Health State Specialist. I hope to continue my EFNEP evaluation research in this... Read More →


Michael Puglisi

Assistant Extension Professor, University of Connecticut
I am a faculty member in Nutritional Sciences and Coordinator for EFNEP and a small SNAP-Ed Program at UConn. I am a member of the Technology and Social Media Committee, and my interests include PSE and physical activity adaptation for EFNEP programming.

Wednesday March 23, 2022 7:45pm - 8:15pm EDT