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Focus on Youth

News for OCES staff working with youth.

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

August, 2012

Dear Educators and Volunteers,

Wow, where has summer gone? It seems like we were just having all those April contests, and now school is back in session! Time really does fly when you are both having fun and staying busy! I hope you are having lots of fun, because I know you are all very busy!

In addition to everything else going on, we now have new cases of West Nile virus and H1N1 in the US. As you prepare for your county fair you should probably take a few minutes to bring yourself up-to-date on both of these situations and in some cases may need to take some preventative measures to make sure your fair isn't in the news.

In addition to getting ready for the state fairs, we are trying to get back to the issue teams, as we know many of you are trying to get things lined up in the schools this fall. To that end, please continue to populate the calendar, which is still housed on the FCS page, as OSU still has not rolled out the new web template. Even though it does create some extra work it also helps to tell the story of all the good work you are doing in your county. Please list educational programs so your issue team leaders and others can see what is going on across the state. It is great to see all of the 4-H efforts in each of the teams. The link to the calendar is

You will recall that earlier in the summer we shared Positive Youth Development instruments that support the various issue teams. These are all IRB approved and ones that you can use without having taken any IRB training if you follow the process defined for you. The tools are posted on each of the D2L sites for each team. I would like to have at least 25 surveys completed in each county by the end of the calendar year if at all possible.

Finally, I want to remind you that it is not too late to get yourself and a team of volunteers from your county registered for the regional leader forum. This is a great staff development opportunity for educators and volunteers alike.

Charles Cox
Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development
Oklahoma State University


Stop Bullying Video Challenge

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has called on America’s youth to take the Stop Bullying Video Challenge. On behalf of the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention, help us spread the word and encourage youth to submit original PSAs, 30 to 60 seconds in length, that showcase ways they are taking action against bullying and promoting a culture of kindness and respect in their communities.

They are looking for informative and entertaining videos that send positive message to youth about the importance of being "more than a bystander" to bullying in their schools and communities.

Full details about the contest, including submission guidelines and rules for eligibility, are available at Please note that the deadline for submissions is October 14, 2012, at 11 PM ET. Youth between 13 and 18 years old are eligible to participate; however those under 18 years of age must have permission from a parent or guardian. The contest winner will receive a grand prize of $2,000, with the two runner-ups earning $500 each.

Cathy Allen 

State Fair Judging Contest Opportunities

Four-H members from across the state will test their knowledge at the Oklahoma State Fair 4-H Judging Contest on Saturday, September 15th. Please note the contest will be held at the Oklahoma County Extension Office, 930 N. Portland, Oklahoma City, OK 73107 and NOT on the State Fair grounds. Four-H members can compete in insect identification, crop judging, horticulture judging and consumer judging events. For more information on the judging events, please refer to the 2012 4-H Fair Book for Counties. The contest is being held in conjunction with the Oklahoma City State Fair, and counties must register by mail or email with names of the 4-H judging contestant participants by individual contest to Sonya Gaver, Oklahoma State Fair, P.O. Box 74943, Oklahoma City, OK 73147 or email by August 30th. State Fair passes will be available for Judging Contest participants ONLY during contest registration.

8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM Contest

4-H Crop Judging
9:30 AM Registration
10:00 AM Contest

10:30 AM Registration
11:00 AM Contest

12:00 PM Registration for Junior Competition
12:30 PM Junior Consumer Judging Contest
Senior Consumer Judging Contest (Immediately following Junior Contest)

Cathy Allen 

Septemberfest will be September 8

It's time for to sign up for Septemberfest 2012! This annual event on the lawn at the Governor's Mansion is a family-oriented, free festival that features all kinds of activities for youth. The audience is primarily urban, and more than 20,000 people typically attend! This is an excellent way to spread 4-H to a broader audience in a fun, cost-effective way. 

This year, Septemberfest will take place on September 8 from 10 am - 4 pm. Each year we have participated in the event, we have had 4-H'ers from across the state coordinate various activities at the Oklahoma 4-H display. We'd like to invite youth 12 to 19 years old to join us in sharing the educational and fun activities they have learned through project-related, hands-on activities or demonstrations. We'd like the activities and projects to be pertinent to an urban audience and peak their interest in the 4-H program. Project work related to dog club activities, entomology demonstrations, robotics, science and technology, and healthy living would be excellent, but we are open to other ideas. 

Each participant will be asked to conduct his or her activity repeatedly during a two-hour period.  Remember that families will want to see many exhibits, so they won't stay in one place too long.  Plan activities that can be completed in a few minutes. The time periods include:

9 am to noon (actual shift is 10 – 12, but setup starts at 9 am.)
noon to 2 pm 
2 pm to 4 pm  

It is imperative that 4-H members and families follow through with this commitment once they register for a time slot. Interested parties may complete the attached form and return it by August 20 (Registration may be extended) to the state 4-H office via email, mail or fax. Participants will receive written confirmation and further instructions. Feel free to contact me for more information related to this event!

Suzanne Simpson

Wally Smith under hospice care

Many of you know Mr. Wallace "Wally" Smith. Wally held a number of positions in Extension, including NE District Extension 4-H Specialist and Director, and retired in 1989 after 8 years as State 4-H Program Leader.

Wally is home, under hospice care with stage four lung cancer.

His home address is Wally Smith, 4711 Village Ct, Stillwater, OK 74074

Prayers for Wally and his wife Peggy and their children Lisa and Phil and their families would also be appropriate.

Jim Rutledge

2012 American Farmers and Ranchers Speech Contest: I Believe in Oklahoma Agriculture

Please see the attached brochure for information about the 2012 AFR speech contests scheduled for November. They are also looking for judges. Please see the judge signup sheet here if you are interested in judging.

Charles Cox


Fall Paper Clover September 19-30

Fall Paper Clover is happening September 19th - 30th and is only ONE month away! Be sure to visit the Paper Clover toolkit where you will find promotional and informational materials to help you get ready. With your help and participation, Fall Paper Clover can be another record breaking promotion!

Photo Contest & 12 Days of Twitter!


Take a photo of your club and TSC/Del's team members at your local Tractor Supply or Del's store during the Paper Clover promotion and enter the photo at Upload your photo between September 19th and October 3rd for your chance to win:

  • Individual 4-H prize pack valued at $100
  • Club prize of $250 gift certificate to the 4-H Mall
  • $500 donation to the TSC store featured in the photo for sponsoring an approved 4-H county event or fair


Each day of the Paper Clover campaign, @4H will tweet 4-H and TSC trivia. Follow @4H online at One daily winner will be randomly selected each day from the individuals who share the right answer. Each morning the daily winner and their prize will be announced via Twitter.

Daily prizes will be 4-H swag, TSC gift cards, iTunes gift cards and more!
One Grand Prize will be awarded at end of the 12 Days of Paper Clover!

Visit the Paper Clover toolkit for more information and a complete set of rules and guideline


Emergency Preparedness for Pets

September is National Preparedness Month, and Oklahoma has seen its fair share of natural disasters this year. Thankfully, the Red Cross, 4-H and many other organizations have stepped in to help residents.

But what about all of those four-legged and furry friends who also are affected by Mother Nature or others types of emergency situations? Each year thousands of pets are lost, injured or killed during emergencies of all types, including weather emergencies and even medical emergencies that can prevent an owner from caring for his or her pet. 

As part of the Companion Animal Project in 4-H, the Oklahoma 4-H Disaster Preparedness 4-Pets SMAN-501 handout teach 4-H'ers how to include their pets in their family emergency preparedness plan. Additionally, members are encouraged to get involved in educating the public about pet preparedness before an emergency arises.

It is always a good idea to be prepared before an emergency. One activity club members can be involved in is helping to promote a microchip ID day at a local veterinarian's clinic. Club members also can start a public awareness campaign about pet preparedness for disasters. Another option is to plan a field trip to visit the local fire and police stations to learn how being prepared saves lives.

Projects such as Disaster Preparedness 4-Pets is just another way the 4-H program helps club members develop life skills such as leadership, and it gets them involved in activities that benefit the residents of their county through community service.

Steve Beck

4-H Dog Shows

It's almost fair time, and the Oklahoma State Fair and the Tulsa State Fair each have opportunities for 4-H dog project members to show off their dogs. Both fairs offer 4-H classes in Obedience, Rally Obedience and Showmanship. In addition, the show at Tulsa offers classes in agility.

These are great opportunities for both new and experienced dog show participants. Dogs should be well-socialized, healthy and current on vaccinations. Mutts welcome. Breed registration is not a requirement.

The Oklahoma State Fair 4-H Dog Show will be held September 22, 2012, with registration due by August 24, 2012. The Tulsa State Fair Dog Show will be held October 7, 2012, with registration due by September 12, 2012. Event information and registration forms can be found at

For more information about participation in 4-H Dog shows contact Steve Beck at (405) 744-8886 or

Steve Beck


All due dates listed in this publication are the dates that county staff are to have items in the state 4-H office or other designated location. Each county will establish due dates prior to the dates posted here. These dates are set to accommodate things like screening of applications, processing payments, and adequate mailing time. All forms should be submitted through your county Extension office unless otherwise indicated. Forms that require an Extension Educator's signature may not be processed if mailed directly.