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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.
Dear Educators and Volunteers,
The trees are beginning to look like fall is near, but the warm weather has made it seem more like spring. By the time you read this that will have changed! Gotta love Oklahoma weather!
As I was thinking of what to share I looked back at what was happening the past two years at this time of year. Of course we were preparing for Homecoming which we did last weekend. Congratulations to Collegiate 4-H for a good showing in many of the contests! Last year we had just had some earthquakes, and I would prefer to not repeat that, and the year before we were gearing up to begin the IRS transitions that we worked on for two years.
Right now we are working on new funding streams to continue to expand 4-H's reach. Did you know that we have special grants that are allowing us to reach more youth in OKC at Tinker and with the Latino community and with tribal youth at six locations around the state? These partnerships are allowing us to reach more youth with 4-H. We are in the process of seeking renewals for those programs. We also recently reported on your efforts with the Walmart Healthy Living grant and we are hopeful of getting this grant again the next time it is offered.
Many of you have completed your PAC meetings and are sending your summaries to your DPS. That means annual timelines get to come next. This year we are asking you to provide some contact information for your adult and youth county officers. This will assist our state volunteers and state 4-H council as they communicate with these audiences.
Thanks for all you do to make 4-H the wonderful program that it is.
Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development
Oklahoma State University
Registration information for the Denver Western Roundup can be found on the 4-H webpage at http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/events/denver.htm. The upcoming conference will be January 9-13, 2013. Youth must be at least 15 years of age to attend. Registration materials and payment are due in the state 4-H office by November 1, 2012. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Tracy at 405-744-8891.
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.
National 4-H Council is looking for qualified youth who have graduated from high school and are at least 18 years of age to apply to be program assistants at the upcoming CWF session next summer. Program assistants get paid and live on the campus of the National 4-H Youth Conference Center while spending some quality time in our nation's capital. They become licensed Washington, DC, tour guides and facilitate the program's educational workshops. If you have or have had youth in your program who might be interested and would make good program assistants, I encourage you to forward them the following link http://www.4-h.org/youth-development-programs/citizenship-youth-engagement/community-action/citizenship-washington-focus/become-program-assistant/
The deadline is January 16, 2013. If you have questions, please contact the State 4-H Office at 405-744-8891.
An informational meeting for interested youth and their parents will be held December 15th in the South Classroom of the Oklahoma County Extension Office, corner of Portland and NW 10th, Oklahoma City. The meeting will begin at 9 am and will conclude at noon.
4-H High Adventures is a wilderness/backpacking experience providing 4-H members, 14 yrs of age by January 1, 2013, outdoor challenges to teach them skills in backpacking, camping, compass/map reading, outdoor cookery, safety and teamwork. It is a challenge requiring physical conditioning in order to take on mountain hikes of 4-5 miles a day carrying a 35-45 pound backpack. Crews made up of 4-H youth and adult volunteers from across the state will have the opportunity to experience this unique and challenging program June 24-July 1, 2013.
The 4-H High Adventure Program is an outdoor leadership program designed for teens with guidance from adults. The purpose is to develop character and integrity in young people by teaching them teamwork, leadership and outdoor skills; and allows them to share their knowledge and skills with others. It provides participants the opportunity see themselves from an entirely new perspective. By experiencing outdoor challenges, participants grow personally, developing an understanding of themselves and their limitations. As a member of a crew, they learn to understand and appreciate the needs of others. Involvement in the program instills a new respect for the natural environment, and helps participants develop an appreciation for and respect of the outdoors, animal life and other areas of nature.
The informational meeting on December 15th will explain:
- Schedule of events for the trip as well as the mandatory preparation meetings that will be conducted in the spring.
- The physical conditioning that will be necessary to have a successful experience.
- Which types of equipment Oklahoma 4-H will provide and the equipment and clothing that will be necessary for campers to obtain.
- Financial costs and payment schedule for attending the trip.
It's time to form your own rocket team and learn to launch. Registration is now open for the 2013 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), the world's largest rocket contest where students compete for $.... See more at TARC | Team America Rocketry Challenge.
Check out all the great resources for teaching 4-H Science:
Save the Dates:
- February 8-9 Registration Due January 25
- February 22-23 Registration Due February 10
New Price: $32.50 per person (youth and adult)
Theme: An Evening with Einstein, aka Physics
Ready to dodge frostbite with a non-Newtonian fluid and discover the Leidenfrost effect? Can YOU survive 300,000 volts of electricity? Attempt the mastery of simple machines, rockets and bubbles as your group has a shockingly good time exploring the world of physics!
IMAX Movie: Tornado Alley
More Information Available: http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/scitech/brightnights.htm
Do you have a club that enjoys community service and technology?
4-H GPS/GIS Grants are back! If your club has an interest in technology and GPS this is a great opportunity for them. This grant will provide you resources and educational materials to learn about the geospatial world. Join the 4-H geospatial community, map your community, and create community change!
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.