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.
Dear Educators and Volunteers,
Wow, where has fall gone? It seems it was not long ago that they were mixing ice with the cement to work on the street in front of the office, and lately there have been days the guys have been coming into the building to warm up! (Needless to say the street that was torn up during Roundup still is!)
Recently we sent out an update to all field staff with some important updates on ACCESS 4-H. Be aware that you need to certify your enrollment by December 1 so Carl can complete the ES-237 for USDA in December. The biggest thing we learned at the support staff update a couple weeks ago was that many of you have enrolled kids for the 2013 year and not 2012, so your kids are not going to show up on the ES-237 because they are not active members yet. The 4-H year in Oklahoma has for many years been Jan 1 - Dec 31, so the default was set to enroll kids for the current year unless you changed it for 2013. If you enrolled them for 2012, then in January their 2013 re-enrollment will need to be checked. If you did not read the enrollment update we sent last week, take time to do so, and talk to the support staff who handles enrollment as well to make sure you are all on the same page.
As this is going out we are preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday. I am thankful for each of you and for the work you do to make the best better!
Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development
Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma 4-H members will once again have the opportunity to meet with their legislators and discuss the impact 4-H is having on them and their communities. 2013 4-H Day at the Capitol will be held Tuesday, April 2nd. Please mark your calendar and be on the look out for additional details coming in December.
Below are some opportunities for 4-H members, families and friends to get discount tickets for special events in the coming months. We have also been approached about a special 4-H event at an OU basketball event. We have not yet worked out any details, but basically they are wanting to offer a tour of the National Weather Center before the event, then provide discounted tickets for a game. We are exploring it and will send out a notice.
OSU v. Wyoming Wrestling
Promo Code: pokes
OSU v. Tennessee Tech Men Basketball
Discount tickets on Ticket Masters with code: Check 4-H Website for details and links VERY SOON.
4-H and FFA Night at the Barons Hockey Match
Chance to get on the ice and win prizes for youth. See info on OK 4-H Website.
OSU v. Kansas State Women’s Basketball
Watch for order form for tickets and shirts in e-mail soon
Ram Circuit Rodeo Finals
$11 tickets - $5 goes back to 4-H
Oklahoma 4-H members will be starting the new year off by raising money for the 2012 Oklahoma Kids Helping Kids campaign. While the campaign is a fundraiser for local 4-H clubs across the state, it is also a community service project for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Oklahoma City, a non-profit that provides "a home away from home" for families with seriously ill or injured children who are being treated in the Oklahoma City area.
“The Kids Helping Kids campaign is the longest running service project/fundraiser in Oklahoma 4-H history,” said Suzanne Simpson, the state 4-H marketing coordinator. “This project isn’t just another fundraiser for a youth organization; it’s a way for all of us to help a truly amazing charity, the Ronald McDonald House. By participating in this campaign, you and your county 4-H members can help families facing crises worse than anything most of us can imagine.”
In the campaign, 4-H’ers across the state will be pounding the pavement asking friends, neighbors, local businesses and caring strangers for $1 donations in exchange for a coupon to participating McDonald’s restaurants in Oklahoma. The campaign will begin Jan. 1 and last approximately two months, with all of the forms due in the State 4-H Office on March 8. The top fundraisers in the state will receive some truly amazing prizes, like a 16 megapixel camera, a Kindle Fire or even an iPad 3, Simpson said. All 4-H’ers who raise $50 or more will also have their names entered in a drawing to win an Xbox 360 Kinect.
Of the funds raised, one third will remain in participating local 4-H programs, one sixth will be given to the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, and one half will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City. The funds given to the House will help finance their newest facility, which will be located within The Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma City and will allow families to be housed just 2 minutes and 15 seconds away from their loved ones.
"Since the Ronald McDonald House opened their doors in Oklahoma City in 1984, they have housed nearly 15,000 families," Simpson said. "Unfortunately, with their current facilities, they must turn away hundreds of worthy families each year. That's why they need our help more than ever before. Please help the House build a new facility and support our amazing 4-H’ers in the process. Sign up your county 4-H program for the campaign now!"
For more information about this campaign, contact Suzanne Simpson in the State 4-H Office by calling 405-744-7960 or sending an email to email@example.com. Information can also be found on the Oklahoma 4-H website at oklahoma4h.okstate.edu. Kids Helping Kids brochure and prize list
Registration information for the Kansas City Global Summit can be found on the 4-H webpage at http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/events/kansascity.htm
The upcoming Summit will be March 14-17, 2013. Youth must be 15 year of age to attend.
Registration materials and payment are due in the state 4-H office by December 15, 2012. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Tracy at 405-744-8891.
Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a week-long 4-H citizenship program for youth that takes place at the National 4-H Conference Center, just miles from Washington, DC. Youth, ages 15-19, will learn about the history and culture of our nation while having fun and meeting new people from across the country. Information regarding the Oklahoma upcoming trip can be found on the 4-H website at http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/events/cwf.htm This year's Oklahoma group will be traveling and attending June 13-23, 2013. Registration information is due by March 1, 2013. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the state 4-H office.
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.