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,
Back in the 1970s, when I looked like this, a guy named Edward Bear wrote a song titled, "The Last Song." It is kind of like this message. This most likely is the last cover message I will write for the Focus on Youth newsletter. It is not, however, the last time you will hear from me, as I will be sending you information about the 100 years of Extension throughout 2014. So it is not the last song, maybe just a new verse!
I want to say how honored I am to have worked with so many outstanding 4-H members, parents, volunteers and educators for the past 34 years! For those of you who are just starting your Extension careers, I can tell you that the time has flown by. It seems like yesterday that I worked my first county fair. I followed a guy in that county who had worked there over 30 years, and no one expected me to hold a candle to him. But the first day of the fair a kid broke off a water hydrant. I lay in the mud to shut off the water and then dug up the pipe and fixed it. My status quickly changed after that. I tell you this story to encourage you to get dirty, along with the people you work with, serve and lead.
I have seen so many things happen in my career. I was so excited to work in my second county because the office had its own copier! Then when I moved to campus we had computers, LOL! Today we have smart phones and all kinds of technology. There are so many opportunities for you as an educator to deliver your programs in new ways. There is no telling what things will be like in another 10 to 15 years!
As I write my last message, I have to confess that I do have mixed emotions because, like most of you, I have a few control issues! It is always funny to see a group of Extension staff in a meeting where some piece of technology is not working. Everyone there wants to jump up and to try to fix it as we are all certain that we can figure out what is not plugged in correctly or something! While it would be easy to keep finding things to work on, I know that the 4-H program is ready for the next 100 years. Because of the dedicated work that each of you does, it is easy for me to write this letter thanking you for so many good memories that I will take with me. I wish you all the very best for the future.
Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development
Oklahoma State University
We are pleased to offer you a chance to watch some OSU/OU bedlam basketball this spring. OU is hosting 4-H Game Days for both games and offering reduced price tickets until they are sold out. Their goal is to pack their arena for both games, and they don't even care if you wear ORANGE! Kids who wear 4-H shirts will have a chance to get on the court for a little post-game shoot-around as well.
We have a third basketball opportunity that 4-H members, families, and friends can take advantage of.
OSU v. Texas Tech WBB - $3 - 1/18/14
Post-game player of the game autographs planned and maybe more
4-H Games at OU
OSU v. OU MBB - $15 - 1/27/14
OSU v. OU WBB - $3 - 2/1/14
Post-game shoot-around planned for both games at OU for 4-H youth to meet the players.
- Go to SOONERSPORTS.COM.
- Scroll over the TICKETS heading and select ORDER ONLINE.
- Click the ENTER PROMO CODE link on the top part of the screen.
- Enter 4HBASKETBALL in the promotional code box.
The Oklahoma 4-H program is looking for graduating 4-H members and incoming college students with an interest in sharing their knowledge in Central America. This will be our 6th annual trip to work with subsistance farmers and families, teaching them basic gardening, composting, and food security. We will be traveling June 9-18, 2014. Registration deadline is January 15, 2014 and the approximate cost is $2,400, which includes airfare, lodging and most meals. This trip can also be taken for 3 hours college credit. We have had Extension Educators also attend in the past. More information is available at: http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/nica/ Contact Jeff Sallee or Lynn Brandenberger for more information.
4-H has developed a series of NEW forms to use with youth that by January 1 should replace the current RAM forms used for 4-H activities. MOST of the forms can be used for a 12-month period. They are set up for the calendar year, which is also the national and Oklahoma 4-H year; however, a county may modify them for a 12-month period that is consistent with a school year if they wish. Whichever period is used, make sure it is consistent within the county. In other words don't have some people on a calendar and some on a school year! Forms can also be modified for a shorter term use, such as a summer day camp period, term of office, etc. Forms 1, 2 and 4 replace the current RAM form and others are supplemental and should be used as needed. http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/events/forms.htm
Dr. Charles Cox will be recognized at the OCES conference in January.
Pictures - We would like to collect pictures of Dr. Cox hard at work over the past 34 years. Please scan and send pictures to Cathy Allen email@example.com no later than January 3rd.
Cards and Letters - Best wishes are being collected for inclusion in a scrapbook to be presented on January 22nd. Please send no later than January 17th, care of the state 4-H office, attention Cathy Allen.
Gift - Charles has requested that in lieu of a retirement gift that a donation be made to the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation directed to the Shooting Sports or CWF endowment funds, as they are both programs he worked with in his career as a specialist.
4-H Salute to Excellence Program
The State Volunteer Board encourages each county to honor and recognize the efforts of their volunteers. 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's nominee(s) will be recognized at the state awards luncheon on June 28, 2014 as part of the State Parent-Volunteer Development conference.
PLEASE NOTE - As of June 2013 the volunteer board made the decision that they would no longer extend the deadline for recognizing any volunteer whose name and packet were not submitted by the deadline.
If your volunteer is uneasy/reluctant about completing the resume, please take the time to sit with him/her and assist with developing the resume.
Electronic nominations are due to the District 4-H Office no later than 5:00 PM on or before March 14, 2014. Nomination includes volunteer resume, 3 letters of recommendations and an electronic photograph.
National Volunteer Month - April
National Volunteer Week - April 6-13, 2014 http://www.pointsoflight.org/signature-events/national-volunteer-week
Through programs such as the President's Volunteer Service Award, Daily Point of Light Award and the Extra Mile, Points of Light Volunteer Pathway, the Points of Light organization recognizes individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and government entities and the tremendous impact they are making on our country's most critical challenges year-round. Take action.
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.
The State Parent-Volunteer Conference will be held June 28th in Stillwater. The Volunteer board is seeking volunteers and Extension educators to instruct 1- and 2-hour workshops which will enhance a volunteer and/or parents' skills for guiding youth and developing clubs.
The conference theme will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) and is soliciting programs which support our objectives:
O - Ongoing programs which extend knowledge and change lives C - Curriculum for a 21st century 4-H program - new trends, new curriculum, repackaged/revised programs/activities/events, etc. E - Educating volunteers about positive youth development, club management, teaching, project development, etc. S - Service that impacts our community through Youth in Governance, Youth-Adult Partnerships, Service Learning, etc.
Attached is the request for proposals (RFP) which is due March 1, 2014.
SE District Volunteer Board Directors
The Amazing Small Animal Project (ASAP) Teen group has decided to once again host the 4-H Pet Fun Day. The purpose of this event is to provide 4-H youth the opportunity to come together to have fun with and show off their pets.
Activities of the day include but are not limited to:
- A contest for the best 4-H Companion Animal Display
- Dog Knowledge Bingo
- Hamster Races
- Intro to 4-H Dog Obedience and Agility
- Includes instructional workshop and a beginner fun contest
- Pet Photo Contest - Once again, we will be accepting mail in entries
- Pet Fun Show, including categories such as the best dog trick, best non-dog trick, best pet costume and many more
- Rabbit Showmanship Workshop
- Fun and Games including, display Bingo, and a treat walk
The event will be held at the Tulsa Fairgrounds. The event is expected to last until mid-afternoon so pack a lunch and bring some snacks for both you and your pet. Cloverbuds are invited but will have special restrictions.
Take some pet photos, work on some pet tricks and plan on attending the 4-H Pet Fun Day, January 11, 2014. For more details, activities and rules, check http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/events/animal.htm or contact Steve for more information, (405) 744-8886.
Registration materials are available for the 2014 Oklahoma CWF Trip!
Citizenship Washington Focus is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth. For six weeks of the summer, delegations of 15-19 year-olds from across the country attend this program at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, located just outside Washington, D.C. The program is aimed at enriching young people's lives by broadening their appreciation and respect for themselves and others in the world. Participants attend workshops, committees, field trips and social events for hands-on opportunities to learn and grow. Participants learn and practice skills that will make them better citizens and more successful individuals
Oklahoma will attend CWF June 12-22, 2014. The trip will also include visiting the St. Louis Arch, Gettysburg and Philadelphia. Youth ages 15 and older are eligible to attend. For more information, please visit the state 4-H website at http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/events/cwf.htm or call Tracy Beck at 405-744-8891.
Registration materials and payment are due in the State 4-H Office February 28, 2014.
Attached are the 2014 Horse Topic Speech and Illustrated Presentation Contest and State Horse Quiz Bowl Contest guidelines and registration materials. This year's Horse Communication Day contests will be Saturday, February 1, 2014. As in years past, there is a pre-registration process, and those team and individual registrations are due no later than Monday, January 27, 2014 (details are attached). Please don't hesitate to call Rusty Gosz at 405-744-6060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions and PLEASE forward and distribute this information with all youth and families with interest in your county.
You may have seen the Ad Council's "2minx2" campaign promoting toothbrushing twice a day for two minutes at a time. 4-H is a partner in that campaign and has been very effective in raising awareness about oral health. Yet, across the country there are children who do not have the resources to practice good habits in a sanitary, regular way. Families share toothbrushes; children use old toothbrushes for years at a time; or children go without in the name of food and shelter. Our Smile Drive is a nationwide call to action to help these children through toothbrush/toothpaste and promote good nutrition and oral health habits in all children through the America's ToothFairy Kids Club.
4-H Clubs can participate by adopting a local Wal-Mart donation center, picking up FREE Crest/Oral-B America's ToothFairy Activity Kits, and promoting the drive to their 4-H members and community. Toothbrush/toothpaste donations raised through WalMart can be used for the benefit of 4-H Club members or donated to a children's non-profit in their area. 4-H clubs can get involved by visiting Wal-Mart, dropping off a donation box, and returning to pick up the donations at the end of the month. Tool kits will be mailed to all registered participants making this activity easy and fun. Clubs are also invited to cross-promote and display information on their organization, activities, and membership.
In advance of the Drive, 4-H clubs are encouraged to participate in an introductory campaign - My Smile Matters - to expose youth to the reasons why caring for their teeth and saving the smiles of other children is important. A Youth Leader's Guide that outlines the activity is available by emailing Amanda Kindschi at the State 4-H office. More information can be found on the website.
Attached is a brief blurb that can be used to promote the campaign:
Please contact Fern Ingber with questions:
Fern Ingber/President & CEO/America's ToothFairy
National Children's Oral Health Foundation
4108 Park Road Suite 300 / Charlotte, NC 28209 / p 704-350-1600
Extension is once again offering a summer internship program for students interested in careers in Extension. Many of these interns end up working primarily for 4-H for the summer months to assist with camps, judging events and 4-H Roundup. If you know of college juniors or seniors or recent graduates that are interested in practical, hands-on experience in a local Extension Office, please share this information with them. Interns will be paid $10 an hour for 40 hours a week for 8 to 10 weeks. The counties that host an intern will also be eligible to receive up to $100 a week to support programming conducted by the intern.
Interns may come from OSU or any other institution with programs in agriculture, human studies, education or other closely-related fields. Intern applications are due by December 16. Application details and more information can be found at the following website: http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/staff/internships.htm
For additional information you may contact me or Joyce Martin.
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.