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,
This month we seem to have many opportunities for you and your 4-H members. The more opportunities you share with your members the more chances they have to reach their fullest potential.
One such example is Elisabeth Willis, who was recently selected as the winner of the National 4-H Council 2013 Youth In Action Award! This award will be presented to you at the National 4-H Legacy Awards Gala on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at the Hilton Hotel in New York City.
Because of her hard work in 4-H, and because her educator encouraged her to apply, she will be attending this very important celebration, where National 4-H Council pays tribute to outstanding youth, alumni, and corporations for their work on behalf of the 4-H youth development organization.
We have many outstanding 4-H members and volunteers like Elisabeth in Oklahoma, but they often don't get the recognition they deserve because no one shares their story! Congratulations to Elisabeth, her family and her educators in Pittsburg County!
Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development
Oklahoma State University
We have two OSU basketball game opportunities for you. You can bring your family or club to the Cowgirl Basketball vs Kansas State game on Saturday, February 16, at 4pm by buying your tickets now on line at:
promo code: pokes.
This year we are also accepting the invitation to offer discount tickets for the OSU vs OU WBB game at Lloyd Noble. If you are ordering 10+ tickets, please call Andy Simon at 405-325-2448 to avoid the ticketmaster per ticket surcharge. If you are ordering less than 10 tickets, go to http://www.soonersports.com/ ; scroll over "Tickets" in the main menu toolbar; Click on "Order Online;" At the top of the new window, 2nd line of the toolbar, there is an option "Enter Promo Code." Click this option and enter the promo code "4H-OKLAHOMA" caps sensitive in the space provided. Follow the next steps to complete your ticket purchase! A flier is attached.
Let's pack the house for both of these events!
In 2013, youth from around the globe will be participating in the 20th annual Barbara Petchenick international map competition, organized by the International Cartographic Association. The competition is open to children and youth age 16 and under and is organized into four different age groupings: under 6, ages 6-8, ages 9-12, and ages 12-16. The aim of the competition is to promote children's creative representation of the world, to enhance their cartographic awareness and to make them conscious of their environment.
Dear Friends of 4-H History:
We have made a number of updates for new 4-H club activities for your consideration or just for fun looking through the site till you are back in the groove in 2013.
Please visit the updates to the webpage to see ways that you can get your community involved in the celebration of 100 years of Cooperative Extension.
Help your community play a part in the national celebration. Help your community be one of the Voices.
We will be seeking new pilot test sites early in 2013.
All the best for 2013!
4-H History Preservation Team
This is certainly going to be an exciting year for the state 4-H award programs! Not only do we have a brand new scholarship program (see below for updates on the Pickens Legacy Scholarships), but we will also be adding 16 new scholarships to our traditional record book season! Here are the main updates for record books this year.
- The Dog Project will stand alone. See the Summary of Awards document below for the objectives. It will be a $1,000 scholarship.
- We will be adding TEN new $1,000 Level III Scholarships and FIVE new $1,000 Level IV Scholarships. These scholarships come from the $1,000,000 Rule of Law endowed gift we received in 2011, and the scholarships will be available to members attending any college/university. See the Awards Handbook and the Summary of Awards for details.
- There are no changes to the Oklahoma Report Form; however, the Level III and IV Scholarship Application has been updated.
- We are going to try a new online submission system this year which will run on a different program than the online system my predecessor attempted two years ago. I know the system we used last year was frustrating for some of you, so hopefully this will streamline the process. The new form is very simple and will include the member's name, county, address, contact information and the awards categories available this year.
- To go along with the new submission system, we will NOT be requiring a News Information Sheet for each record book. The submission system will still have a table asking for the amount of time each member spends planning, conducting and evaluating public speaking, citizenship and leadership activities, though, so keep that in mind. The short answer questions on the News Information Sheet will be sent to the members who receive an interview.
You will be receiving a more detailed update in the near future via email. The Awards Handbook, Summary of Awards, scholarship forms and checklists are currently being updated on the website. In the next few weeks, I will also be updating all of the PowerPoint resources and some of the planning tools available for your use. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email or give me a call.
In December 2012, we premiered the Pickens Legacy Scholarships and posted an application that will be due Feb. 15. Shortly after announcing the new program, the 4-H Foundation discovered that two of the scholarships were available to both graduating high school seniors and undergraduate students at OSU. Below is the corrected scholarship application, which shows that the Stowers Family Leaders of Tomorrow and the Stowers Family Natural Resources Scholarships can be received by an undergraduate student OR a graduating high school senior. The updated application can also be accessed on the Awards Handbook page of the 4-H website at: http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/awards/handbook.htm
Both the original application and the updated form will be accepted. Remember to include two copies of the Pickens News Information Sheet with each application packet. More information about the Pickens Legacy Scholarships can be found in the 2013 Awards Handbook and the Summary of Awards.
4-H groups are eligible to participate in Project Bud Burst. Youth collect observed data (by cell phone or by entering data into an online form) about when plants in their neighborhood start to "burst." The data collected is used by scientists at NEON to study climate and environmental change across the US. This is a great way for 4-H youth to contribute to a nationwide science effort while representing their local community. It may overlap with some of your existing projects as well.
Here are some online courses for formal and non-formal educators to learn more about Project Bud Burst. Visit www.citizenscienceacademy.org for more information on the many courses offered.
This is a great opportunity for any club volunteers who may be teachers looking for continuing education credit or classroom projects.
NEON Citizen Science Academy - http://www.citizenscienceacademy.org
Registration Now Open for Winter and Spring Courses
Want your students to become Citizen Scientists?
Learn how with NEON’s Citizen Science Academy.
The NEON Citizen Science Academy offers courses for K-12 Formal and Informal educators wanting to incorporate citizen science into their educational programs.
"Intro to Project BudBurst for Educators" provides an overview to support implementation of Project BudBurst in a variety of educational venues.
"How to use Project BudBurst Data in the Classroom" is the follow-up course in which educators learn how to use the new National Geographic Field Scope tools to visualize and analyze Project BudBurst data through a user-friendly, web-based interface.
For those interested in teacher re-certification, all of our courses can be taken for 2 optional, graduate level continuing education credits from Colorado School of Mines.
Registration is Open NOW for courses in the Winter and Spring Sessions. Each session is limited to 50 participants.
January 29 - February 27
- Introduction to Project BudBurst for Educators
- How to use Project BudBurst Data in the Classroom (Learn about the new National Geographic FieldScope data visualization tools!)
March 26 - April 24
- Introduction to Project BudBurst for Educators
- How to use Project BudBurst Data in the Classroom
Registration is now open for NEON's Citizen Science Academy Winter and Spring courses. Please share with any educators you think would benefit.
This will be our last summer to work on our current project. Then we will see what happens next.
May 31-June 8, 2013 (Dates may vary slightly due to airfare.)
I am looking for graduating 4-H members interested in teaching agriculture and cooking skills to subsistence farmers and families in Nicaragua. We will focus on gardening, chicken production, goat management, bread baking, cheese-making, food safety and other emerging related topics. College credit is available.
For more information Go to: http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/nica/
Give me a call if you have anyone who may be interested.
Just a reminder Bright Night registrations are due Jan 25 and Feb 10. This year's 4-H Science Camp-Ins are scheduled for Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 22-23. Last year's program continued to grow, and we will once again offer two camp-in opportunities in an effort to accommodate scheduling conflicts. Registration is due January 25 and February 10. Museum Camp-Ins have been a terrific opportunity to introduce 4-H members to science in a fun, interactive, and exciting manner. We will schedule a dome show along with the planetarium to enhance the evening.
Hope to see you there!
Attached is information about the AFR Ag Achievement Contest. The objectives of the event are to recognize Oklahoma youth who have an interest in livestock, excel in showmanship skills and have knowledge of the livestock industry to include production, management, processing and end product utilization. The contest also aims to stimulate excellence and a quest for knowledge that will result in the development of leadership skills applicable to the livestock industry.
The competition will be limited to 4-H & FFA members who are exhibiting breeding and/or market beef, sheep, goat or swine at the 2013 Oklahoma Youth Expo and who are classified as high school juniors or seniors. Pre-entry must be made on the application forms available in OSU County Extension Offices, from Agricultural Education Teachers, the Oklahoma Youth Expo or American Farmers & Ranchers. Entries must be submitted to AFR Education Department by March 16, 2013. Follow this link for more details and for the event registration forms.
Need creative ideas for meal planning, shopping, and food preparation? Or fun suggestions for active play? USDA has prepared a resource for Child and Adult Care Food Programs titled Nutrition & Wellness Tips …for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
As with many resources, the materials (publication) are prepared with a target audience in mind, but can be adapted to meet the needs of other audiences. With Health being one-fourth of our total youth development efforts (Head, Heart, Hands and HEALTH) this material would be great resource and reference for our 4-H club leadership/volunteers working with youth.
Links to additional resources are also included in the publication, which features a new CACFP Wellness Resources Web page. As part of the USDA National Agricultural Library, the Web page is designed to help CACFP participants find the resources they need to meet wellness recommendations.
The handbook was developed to help child care providers create healthier environments for the children in their care. It includes a series of tip sheets addressing wellness recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education, 3rd Edition. Each tip sheet focuses on a specific topic and includes a practical application section to help providers apply the tips to their child care program. By using the tip sheets when planning meals and activities for children ages 2 to 6 years old, providers can incorporate key recommendations and best practices into their menus and daily schedules.
National Volunteer Month - April
National Volunteer Week - April 21-27, 2013 http://www.pointsoflight.org/signature-events/national-volunteer-week
Through programs such as the President's Volunteer Service Award, Daily Points 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.
4-H Salute to Excellence Program
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).
Counties’ 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.
Electronic nominations are due to the District 4-H Office no later than 5:00 PM on or before April 12, 2013 - nomination includes volunteer resume, 3 letters of recommendations and an electronic photograph.
National Volunteer Week, always held in the third week of April unless the spring religious holidays coincide.
2013: April 21-27
2014: April 6-13
2015: April 12-15
2016: April 10-17
Occurs each year (usually immediately preceding National Volunteer Week) and celebrates the positive contributions that millions of young people are making in their communities. Major sponsors are Youth Service America and Parade magazine. Next dates: 2013: April 26-28
A nationwide volunteer day (sponsored by America's Fraternal Benefit Societies) to bring young people together with adults to create new and better relationships by working as a team within their own neighborhoods. Next dates: 2013: May 4
Plans are under way. The conference will be held July 14, 2013, in Stillwater, OK - Classroom Building
Theme: Start Your Engine - Ready, Set...Volunteer!
- 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.
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 and/or Visual Arts.
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:
- 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
- 4-H Raggedy Ann and Andy
Glennadee Edwards, 4-H Parent-Volunteer Board President
Oral history has been called the most democratic type of history because it documents what is often excluded from textbooks and other written histories. In this spirit, the OSU Theatre Departments production "Oklahoma Voices," celebrates Oklahomans whose stories are underrepresented on our stages and in the pages of history.
"Oklahoma Voices" is based upon true stories of hardship, courage and hope. Drawing from Oklahoma oral histories of the territorial times, the Dust Bowl era, World War II and beyond, this piece commemorates the rich history of our state as seen through the eyes of the women and men who helped to build it. The production runs February 13-17, 2013.
February 12, 10:30 am, a special matinee performance will be held for school students or 4-H groups. Tickets for the performance are $5 a person. A weekday may not be good for a 4-H club, so the same great price is being extended to 4-H groups for the Sunday afternoon matinee on February 17th.
If you would like to take advantage of either performance please contact Kaye Pais at 405-744-6094 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know the 4H Community is great at many things, including telling stories about real places and real people, making a difference, and using maps and geospatial technologies in innovative ways. Here is something that you could use to do all of these things: Esri Story Maps.
Here is a series of five Esri Story Maps videos that walk the education community through these topics:
"Why use maps for telling stories?"
"What is an Esri Story Map?"
"How can I use the Esri Story Maps galleries and resources?"
"How can I create my own Story Map from the templates provided?"
Every successful 4-H story begins with a 4-H volunteer. Harness the power of volunteer participation and engagement in your community and learn how to target those individuals who will bring passion to your program. These resources were built to assist your 4-H program in finding and recruiting more 4-H volunteers.
While you are at it take a look at the Social Media Toolkit.
4-H has become an active participant in several social media networks, where we have built a strong community of individuals who wish to participate in positive, productive conversation. National 4-H Council has created a Social Media Guidebook which will help you develop social media strategies so your platforms are engaging, interactive, safe and effective.
Built for those who are new to social media, as well as for advanced users, this guidebook will help you harness the power of Facebook and Twitter to communicate with a variety of audiences. You'll learn how to generate content, build community, increase participation and how to do it all in a safe manner for youth and adults alike.
Still trying to figure out Facebook's Timeline? This simple one-pager contains all you need to know about the new format and features.
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 through the teaching of teamwork, leadership and outdoor skills. It also allows youth to share their knowledge and skills with others. It provides participants the opportunity to see themselves from an entirely new perspective. Experiencing the challenge of the out-of-doors, participants grow personally, developing an understanding of themselves and their limitations. By being a member of a crew participants learn to understand and appreciate the needs of others and their team. Involvement in the program instills a new respect for the natural environment and helps participants develop those key life skills. It is a comprehensive education program that encompasses many 4-H project areas and develops in young people an appreciation for and respect of the outdoors, animal life and other areas of nature. More information here. Application here.
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.