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first_imgThe University of Georgia 4-H program has coordinated military dependent camps since 2010 at locations in Georgia and Florida. Teen dependents, ages 14-18, of military service members are invited to apply before May 1 for the two summer camps.“The summits offer military dependents an opportunity to build leadership and life skills in a high adventure environment,” said Laura Goss, Georgia 4-H Military Camp coordinator.  “Teenagers have the opportunity to have fun while connecting with teens to better understand their parent’s military service through targeted lessons, social interactions and service member volunteers. Youth gain independence, mastery and belonging.”UGA operates these two summer camps through the Military Teen Adventure Camps, a partnership funded by the Department of Defense between the Office of Military Community and Family Policy and the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture through a grant and cooperative agreement with Purdue University. Camps are open to dependents, ages 14-18, of military members currently serving in active or reserve components. Camp fees, including transportation from the closest major airport, are covered through grant funds. The available weeks include:Joint Component Teen Leadership Summit – June 14-19, 2020, Dahlonega, GeorgiaIslands Military Teen Leadership Summit – July 12-17, 2020, Jekyll Island, GeorgiaApplicants can learn more on the Joint Summit or the Islands Summit through the Georgia 4-H Military Partnership Camp pages and can apply through the Georgia 4-H Event Registration page. We ask that applicants apply by May 15th.The online application requires demographic information as well as short answers and essay responses. Applications will be reviewed by a committee and notifications of acceptance will be sent soon after.Most expenses (airfare and camp registration) are supported by the Military Teen Adventure Camps. Parents/guardians are responsible for transportation to the closest major airport, baggage fees and additional funds for snacks, souvenirs and limited travel-day snacks. Also, unaccompanied minor fees are covered on at-needs basis when funds are available. More information will be provided to those accepted to attend.   Youth are supervised during the week by well-trained staff in camping and youth development. Adult volunteers supplement the paid camp staff and include many service members, spouses and family members. All paid and volunteer staff complete youth protection training and undergo a background investigation in accordance with UGA policies.Military spouses and military members (retired or current) are encouraged to apply to serve as volunteers. Volunteers play a major role at camp through participating in activities, supervising youth, chaperoning cabins, assisting classroom time and other related roles. To apply to be an adult volunteer, visit georgia4h.org/militaryvolunteer or reach each out to a staff member at [email protected] 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through UGA Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local Extension office.last_img read more

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Pension fund for Danish teachers returns 2.1% after turbulent year

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first_imgIt said this was particularly the case for foreign shares, including emerging markets equities, high-yield bonds and timber land.The investment portfolio’s rate of return amounted to 1.2%, compared with an expected long-term rate of 5.2%, according to the investment strategy, the pension fund said.Total group assets grew to DKK88.1bn at the end of December 2015 from DKK82.0bn 12 months before, and solvency coverage rose to 316% from 311%.Contributions rose to DKK4.8bn in 2015 from DKK4.5bn the year before.The interest rate paid on pension savings (depotrente) after pensions tax rose to 5.5% from 3.75%.Lærernes said its supervisory board had approved its investment strategy for 2016 to 2020 in December.The new strategic investment portfolio had an expected return of 5.2% before tax and a risk level of around 23%, measured against a confidence level of 99.5%.It explained this meant that, statistically, there was only a 0.5% probability the investment portfolio would suffer an unexpected loss of more than 23% in the course of a year.Lærernes said the new investment strategy meant the pension fund would increase the proportion of its investments in alternative asset classes over the next few years, including property, private equities, forestry and infrastructure.To ensure costs are kept low, it outsourced a large part of its portfolio management to external managers. Lærernes Pension, the Danish pension fund for teachers, reported a 2.1% return on investments last year, down from the 12.6% produced in 2014, with most asset classes performing more weakly than expected, according to the fund’s annual report.In absolute terms, the investment return fell to DKK1.4bn (€188m) in 2015 from DKK7.2bn in 2014.The pension fund said 2015 had been marked by big swings on the financial markets.In the report, the labour-market scheme said: “Lærernes Pension achieved a very high return on its holdings of Danish equities and on its real estate investments. But returns on the majority of other asset classes were more modest and lower than expected.”last_img read more

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