Yep, there's a pandemic. So let's connect online!
                          January - March 2021


schedule is still evolving. Send us your ideas!

  • All presenters in Try This Connections sessions are donating their time to help connect us during this pandemic. Thank you, thank you.


  • All Try This Connections sessions will be on Zoom and streamed on Facebook live. If you want to be able to ask the presenter questions, sign up for Zoom. 

  • Zoom attendance will be first come, first serve.

February: About Vision and Taking Care of You

Friday, Feb. 12, 4:00 PM    Kate Marshall and the Never-Bored Board: Kids Leading Their Own Program.  Kate Marshall and some kids came up with the idea of The FunRaiser truck and its Never- Bored Board.  The truck drives to Ohio County neighborhoods with no playground, to unload games, toys, and people to stir up fun. Try This was its first funder. 

The project is governed by a board of kids, with adult advisors.  Kate and several Never-Bored child and youth members will be on this zoom session, talking about the FunRaiser and projects that are kid-governed and adult-advised. This session will inspire you. For more information about the FunRaiser and the Never Bored Board: or  Register for Zoom session here.

Wednesday, Feb. 17. 6:30 PM.   Own Your Health!  !n other sessions, you'll hear about people's visions for their community. In Racheal Fetty's sessions, you'll work on your own health. Healthy leaders lead to healthy projects. Develop a vision of your own health and follow it!

Racheal is offering a series (class) of four for up to 20 people who are just starting.  Plan to visit with her on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 for four weeks.  Rachael is a certified health and wellness coach who prepares taxes and does accounting in her day job. She employs a holistic approach to nutrition, exercise and relationships, both with yourself and others."  Check her facebook page at RLFood​.  Register for the course here.

Monday, Feb. 22 / 11 am. Mindful techniques to help kids de-stress and have fun, at home or at school. Two founders of Mindful WV, Amy Snodgrass and Pam Santer, will show you different activities that can be used during school or at home, to help de-stress the classroom atmosphere. This class could be really helpful to a parent or anyone who works with kids and wants to build self-control, focus and empathy. Presenters: Amy Snodgrass manages a drug recovery program, and Pam Santer directs the Wellness Center at WVU Parkersburg. Mindful WV began with a Try This minigrant and has already arranged  mindfulness training for more than 500 WV teachers.  Register for Zoom session here.

  March-April: Partnering and Finding Solutions

  • Wednesday, March 3.  Paddlers Brainstorm: How can we get more West Virginians out paddling? This is a 90-minute brainstorm. Paddlers Melanie Seiler, Evan Young and John Ciesla, will kick it off. They'll give an overview of what's happening, and we'll go from there.  Divide into smaller group brainstorms, then report back to the whole group. Let’s see what comes out of the conversation! This is an experiment. At the least, we'll have fun talking. John Ciesla, representing flatwater, is President of the Guardians of the West Fork. Melanie Seiler is an experienced whitewater guide who directs Active Southern WV; Evan Young, representing paddleboarding, owns Appalachian Boarding Company and works for Putnam Wellness/Healthy Alternatives.    Register for Zoom session

April. TBA  Danny Swan and Grow Ohio Valley.  In the early 2000's, an idealistic crew of young people was teaching inner-city kids how to make no-dig gardens. Grow Ohio Valley  has grown into a regional powerhouse with multiple sites and greenhouses, a full staff, traveling farmers markets, food justice projects, and a fulltime, under-roof farmers market and cafe in downtown Wheeling. In 2020, GrowOV led a team that earned Wheeling a national "Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge Award."  Now they're moving forward on their Edible Mountain project. How did all this happen? Danny  Swan will tell you. Danny Swan, Executive Director of GrowOV,  grew up near Wheeling. went to college there, and now is helping Wheeling grow.

To be scheduled

* Multi-county models: Active Southern WV and Greenbrier Valley Health Alliance

* Grantwriting 101

​* Leveraging your project funds: $1 turns into $10!

* Curbing or reversing Type 2 Diabetes with diet

​* Medical / neurological reasons why physical activity

* Economic impact



         January - Feb: Stress Reduction


After ten months of pandemic, maybe the first thing we need to do right now is take care of our bodies and spirits, so we’ll be strong for ourselves, our families and our communities in the coming year. The January sessions are offered with that in mind, then we move more into planning for future projects.

  • Thursday January 7 / 12 noon:  Instant Stress Busters. This session is for people who are getting frazzled by the pandemic - or know people who are. Aila Accad will provide practical, safe ways we can reduce our body’s stress level quickly.  Those same stress-reduction tools can help people of all ages. Presenter: Aila Accad, author of “Instant Stress Busters,” director of The Future of Nursing WV and frequent, much-loved Try This presenter.  SUCCESS! More than 500 views so far.     See Youtube video


  • POSTPONED to Feb. 22 at 11 due to death in presenter's family. Tuesday, January 12 / 11 am. Mindful techniques to help kids de-stress and have fun, at home or at school. Two founders of Mindful WV, Amy Snodgrass and Pam Santer, will show you different activities that can be used during school or at home, to help keep kids active. This class could be really helpful to a parent or anyone who works with kids and wants to build self-control, focus and empathy. Presenters: Amy Snodgrass is Manager of WHAT and Pam Santer directs the Wellness Center at WVU Parkersburg. Mindful WV began with Try This grants and has already arranged training for more than 500 WV teachers.  Register for Zoom session on Feb. 22 here.

  • Thursday, January 21 / 6:30 PM.  Eight essential moves: A foundation for Tai Chi. While we’re confined by the pandemic, you may have time to practice things like eight essential movements of Tai Chi practice. Jsut doing these moves is calming, says Ron Wilkerson, the presenter. He will demonstrate each move three times, so you can move along with him, learning by doing. The presentation will be live, and, like all sessions, it will be recorded, so the recording will give you a way to learn tai chi basics in weeks ahead, without leaving your home. Presenter: Ron Wilkerson, tai chi master, was recently honored as Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. He has been a team member on three Try This minigrant projects involving teaching tai chi to at-risk youth.   Great attendance on Zoom and Facebook Live.  


  • Wednesday, January 27 /  6:30 PM.  Take the Stress Out of Your Grant Reporting. This session is for anybody who wants to make grant reporting more fun and creative.  Reporting can be incredibly stressful if you wait till the last minute to get started. That’s true no matter who gave you the grant. Grant reporting needs to be built in, information you’re gathering all along, celebrating little successes along the road. So when it’s time to file a report, you can put it together easily. Try This minigrant

  • teams will be required to have people at this session, Presenters: Traci Jarrett and Leesa Prendergast evaluate many projects related to Try This for the WV Prevention Research Center.  R


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