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,
Another OYE will probably be in the books before many of you get a chance to read this! On behalf of the kids and parents, thanks to educators, volunteers and other moms and dads for all the work you put in to making local, county, district, and state livestock shows happen. While they are a big investment of time, money and human resources, the life skills learned by youth can never be measured! Thanks for your efforts!
Soon it will be time to kick off another Tractor Supply Paper Clover campaign. This is like getting money without working for it! No candy to sale or delivery and a great opportunity to market the county 4-H program. A message has gone to counties with TSC stores, to the staff, volunteers, adults and youth from those counties identified as helping with the event. This is a great way to let youth and volunteers take the lead on a good project.
Have a great month,
Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development
Oklahoma State University
The 2013 4-H and FFA Jr. Wheat contest Rules and Report form is ready to distribute. For convenient access, we've placed the full version with rules, as well as the shorter "report only" entry form on Dr. Anderson's web site at http://agecon.okstate.edu/anderson/ under "Program Form." Please pass this along to your educators and 4-H / FFA members in your county. This is a wonderful program with GREAT prizes!
Outdoor Oklahoma magazine is calling on the people who experience the state's wildlife and outdoor heritage firsthand to send in their best digital photos showcasing the state's wildlife, landscapes, scenic and other outdoor imagery.
The annual "Readers' Photography Showcase" is featured in the July/Aug issue of the official magazine of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Submissions are being accepted through March 31. Participants whose photos are selected will have their photos published in the magazine and will also see their work posted throughout the year on the department's Facebook page and on its Twitter feed.
"This is a great way for outdoor enthusiasts to see their photography on display in a magazine produced by and for people that love the outdoors," said Michael Bergin, information and education specialist for the Wildlife Department and associate editor of Outdoor Oklahoma magazine. "This is always a very cool issue of Outdoor Oklahoma filled with great outdoor photos of landscapes, wildlife, sportsmen in action and even cool sunsets, storms or other snapshots of nature."
Each participant may submit up to five original digital images. Each submission must include a description of the photo, location where it was taken, name and hometown of the photographer and what it took for the photographer to get the right shot.
Photos should be in sharp focus, and images should be at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). The canvas size should be about 8 inches by 11 inches.
All submissions must be digital. Slides and print images will not be accepted. Though images will remain the property of the photographer, actual submissions that are emailed or mailed on disc or other storage device will not be returned. Selected photos may be printed in Outdoor Oklahoma magazine or posted on the Wildlife Department's website or Facebook page.
Photographers can email their entries to email@example.com or mail a CD or other external storage device to: Outdoor Oklahoma magazine, Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City OK 73152.
Individuals can subscribe to Outdoor Oklahoma by calling 1 (800) 777-0019. Outdoor Oklahoma is known for providing decades of outdoor entertainment to both youth and adults. Subscriptions are just $10 for one year, $18 for two years, or $25 for three years. Subscriptions also may be purchased by logging on to the Department's website. Hunters who purchase a new Oklahoma Wildlife Management Area Atlas, available from the Wildlife Department for $25, also receive a one-year subscription to Outdoor Oklahoma magazine.
There are several things coming up this summer that will provide 4-H members an opportunity to learn more about OSU. Here are some the opportunities. You will also see the contact person listed, should you need more details.
Camp / Event Date
Estimated # here
May 28-29, 2013
Steve Beck or Kevin Allen
Leadership Team Retreat
June 4-7, 2013
Steve Beck or Cathy Allen
Upcoming 9th and 10th graders
STEM Institute 1
June 20-21, 2013
OSU Livestock Judging Camp Session I
June 24-26, 2013
13 yrs -18 yrs old
80 total with adults
4-H Forensics Program; CSI in a wheat field
June 25-27, 2013
Landscape Design (Grandparent University)
Shelley Mitchell/Melisa Parkerson
15 pairs of grandparents/grandchildren
OSU Livestock Judging Camp Session II
June 27-29, 2013
13 yrs -18 yrs old
80 total with adults
The 4-H Science Lab - Biotechnology
June 28, 2013
OSU “Big 3” Field Days
July 16-18, 2013
8 yrs -18 yrs old
1500 total with adults
July 24-26, 2013
Counties Night out July 23
950 total with adults
STEM Institute 2
July 11-12, 2013
The 4-H Science Lab – Entomology
July 19, 2013
Plants and Bugs Camp
Week of July 22
Shelley Mitchell/Andrine Shufran
This year marks the 92nd State 4-H Roundup. It will be held July 24-26, 2013, here on the OSU campus. The state 4-H office and the Roundup Committee are working to see that we offer the highest quality educational program possible. We are looking for persons to present educational workshops to youth, ages 13-19. The workshops need to be hands-on, motivational, upbeat and age-appropriate. The workshop application form is attached.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Tracy Beck at 405-744-8891.
The Connors State College Aggie Day FFA and 4-H Interscholastic will be held on April 4th. This year we have added poultry judging, and we will be using scantrons for poultry, land judging, rangeland management, and soil and water conservation. There will be a charge of $1 per entry for those contests (for the scantrons) payable the day of the contest. Top contestants in each of the contests will be offered a $400 scholarship should they choose to attend CSC upon their high school graduation.
Aggie Day Contests are as follows:
- FFA Senior Livestock Judging
- FFA Junior Livestock Judging
- 4-H Senior Livestock Judging
- 4-H Junior Livestock Judging
- Meats Judging
- Poultry Judging (New for 2013)
- Farm Business Management
- Dairy Products
- Senior Land Judging
- Junior Land Judging
- Rangeland Management
- Soil and Water Conservation
You may register your teams
- on our website link, http://connorsstate.edu/aggieday
- or by mailing in your registration form ( CSC Agriculture, Rt. 1 Box 1000, Warner, OK 74469)
- or by calling (918) 463-6265 or (918) 463-6230.
We ask that you pre-register by March 29, 2013.
We hope to see you and your students on April 4th in Warner.
Debby Golden, Agriculture Division Chair, Connors State College
National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership. The week draws the support and endorsement of the president and Congress, governors, mayors and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups across the country.
Through programs such as the President's Volunteer Service Award, Daily Point of Light Award and the Extra Mile - Points of Light Volunteer Pathway, we recognize individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and government entities and the tremendous impact they are making on our country's most critical challenges year-round.
- Share your stories - Tell us about the impact volunteers are having in your community or through your organization.
- Learn more about these volunteer recognition programs and how to nominate volunteers for awards.
- For more information on National Volunteer Week, please contact Jennifer Geckler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Marketing Tools & Resources are provided for recognizing volunteers and equipping organizations with the valuable tools they need to make their work successful for the 2013 National Volunteer Week. http://www.handsonnetwork.org/files/resources/nvw_resourceguide_2013.pdf
Each county may submit one nominee for each of the two awards:
Volunteer of the Year (less than 10 years of experience)
Lifetime Volunteer Awards (an accumulation of 10 or more years of experience).
County nominee(s) will be recognized at the state awards luncheon on July 13, 2013, as part of the State Parent-Volunteer Development Conference.
The State Volunteer Board encourages every county in honoring and recognizing the efforts of their volunteers.
The application form and guidelines for 2013 District and State volunteer awards is available at http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/awards/recogn.htm .
Electronic nominations are due to the district 4-H office no later than 5 pm on or before April 12, 2013. Nomination includes volunteer resume, three letters of recommendations and an electronic photograph.
Theme: Start Your Engine - Ready, Set ... Volunteer!
Ask yourself...Am I taking care to maintain a healthy engine - getting regular maintenance, preventive care and making those really important timely repairs?
The State 4-H Volunteer Board has planned a conference directed at your "engine" as a 4-H volunteer, one directed at landing you in the "Winners Circle!"
- Start: Making a Commitment to Volunteer
- Ready: Developing skills to keep your engine running.
- Set: Setting goals and getting on the track with experiential learning.
- Volunteer: You're off and supporting positive youth-adult partnerships in 4-H Youth Development efforts.
New this year - Two-hour project-related super seminars are planned for the morning and afternoon. Participants will receive two hours of in-depth training in the areas of:
- Food Science
- Environment Education
- Shooting Sports Beyond the Range
- Visual Arts.
Workshops topics will include:
- Recycling Clothes
- Leisure Education - Leading Recreation and Song
- Team Building
- Livestock Shows & Animal Science Beyond The Show Ring
- Growing a Small Animal Project Club
- Getting Parents Involved
- Yoga/Square Dance
- Organizing an Event
Participants may choose to participate in any combination of workshops - two super seminars, one super seminar and two workshops or four workshops.
As in the past:
- Monsanto Scholarships will be available for first time attendees.
- Volunteer Recognition Luncheon - County nominees recognized and District and State awardees announced.
- Great Door Prizes
- Live Action Items: NBA Thunder basket of goodies and 4-H Raggedy Ann and Andy
2013 Tentative Schedule
Share Fair, Market Place
Refreshments & Silent Auction
Opening Assembly - Room 313
9:30 11:30 am
Super Seminar A - 2 hours with break
Workshops Track 1 - 1 hour
Break - Refreshments & Silent Auction
10:45 am - 11:45 pm
Workshops Track 2- 1 hour
Honoree Reception, Photos and Rehearsal
Noon - 1:30 pm
Awards Luncheon - Live Auction
1:45 - 4:00 pm
Super Seminar B - 2 hours with break
Workshops Track 3 - 1 hour
Break - Refreshments & Silent Auction
Workshops Track 4 - 1 hour
4:15 - 4:45 pm
Closing Assembly with door prize - Room 313
Volunteer Board Meeting
Glynadee Edwards, 4-H Parent-Volunteer Board President
The 4-H Market Place is an entrepreneurial experience for 4-H members to present and sell merchandise which is 4-H project related or hand-made. Through the entrepreneurial experience, 4-H members may grow in the following areas:
- Financial Management
- Marketing Strategies
- Economic Awareness
- Communication Skills
The Market Place was introduced two years ago at the State Parent-Volunteer Conference. Youth and volunteers alike learned from the experience. Youth vendors may showcase their business and offer products for sale from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, July 13th, in the Classroom Building.
- All vendors must be 4-H members
- There will be a $5 set-up fee per vendor (which will go to the Oklahoma Children's Hospital.)
- 4-H'er is responsible for setting his/her own prices and handling sales/transactions.
- All items sold must be hand-made or project-related.
- Space will be limited to the first 10 applications.
- Following the event, vendors must complete a short survey reviewing their experience.
Deadline to register is June 21. Contact Stephanie Weckler at email@example.com or 580-669-1124.
County Parent-Volunteer/Leaders Associations are encouraged to develop a display for the state 4-H Parent-Volunteer Conference Share Fair, July 13, in Stillwater. The displays should showcase successful Revolution of Responsibility stories, activities and/or materials used during National 4-H Week or sometime during the year. Each county is limited to one display, which must be registered by June 21. The application is posted at http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/volun/eduopp.htm.
Debra Rankin, NW District Representative, State Volunteer Board
NAE4-HA Communications and Expressive Arts task force supports the second Interpretive Web Exhibition for 4-H members.
The committee's goal is to expand the opportunities to develop skills, knowledge and career exploration in the areas of communication and expressive arts through 4-H Youth Development efforts.
Our "What do YOU See?" exhibition encourages youth how to think, but not what to think. We want youth to look for ways to observe and interpret their surroundings and then to express their thoughts and/or emotions creatively through writing, music or some other form of visual medium.
Attached is a copy of the criteria and application. Exhibits are due on or before June 28th. Exhibits will be showcased at the State 4-H Parent-Volunteer Conference, Roundup and nationally on the my4-H website for the 4-H Communication and Expressive Arts Community.
The 2013 Young Native Writers Essay Contest is open to Native American 9th-12th grade high school students. Winners earn a $2,500 college scholarship and trip to Washington, D.C., this summer to receive their award. All students participating in the Young Native Writers Essay Contest should have a significant and current relationship with their Native American tribal community. More information is available here: http://nativewriters.hklaw.com/2013/index.asp
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.