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,
As 2012 comes to an end the state 4-H staff extends to you all of the best wishes for a happy holiday season. This year has been a very productive and busy one with many outstanding program accomplishments and a few challenges as well. Thanks for your hard work and dedication to Extension and to the youth of our state, the 4-H program continues to make major impacts in the lives of individuals. To every educator, volunteer, parent, support staff professional and 4-H member, we say "thank you" and look forward to working with you in 2013.
Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development
Oklahoma State University
Project Youth Extension Service (YES!) is now accepting internship applications for 2013-2014.
Project Y.E.S! is a Department of Defense funded national internship program engaging college students in service to meet the needs of military families. Specifically, Project Y.E.S! expands the resources of the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) and other youth & teen oriented programs. Staff interns are provided an opportunity to give back to their communities and country through a year of service.
Through our partnership with the General H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center, interns are provided first-class youth development educational and facilitation skills. In turn, they travel the nation delivering youth programs at Yellow Ribbon programs, summer camps, leadership summits, and other family programs. Project YES! also serves as a career development program. Staff interns are provided dedicated mentors who assist in the exploration and development of their career goals and in the completion of a career broadening learning project. This is all accomplished while meeting the critical needs of communities with high rates of families impacted by deployments and other military related absences.
Applications will be accepted through Feb 28, 2013, and students will be notified of the status of their applications by April, 2013. More information and application materials can be found at http://militaryfamilies.extension.org/yes-intern-program/application-requirements/.
Please feel free to share this announcement with others in your professional networks.
Please contact JC Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-513-3165 for further information.
Bake and Take 2013 will NOT be a contest. However we would still like to encourage you and your clubs to participate in this wonderful service project. Simply bake something made with wheat and take it to your neighbor or someone in need in the month of March.
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 and 4-H groups. Tickets for the performance are $5 per 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.
To learn more go to http://www.stwnewspress.com/local/x620790894/Oklahoma-State-professor-researches-Oklahoma-Voices or http://www.nativetimes.com/downloads/pdf-paper/7992--pdf-paper-october-29 (page 8)
The history of 4-H is one of the most significant and far-reaching stories in America: a story of youth education, community pride and responsibility, personal leadership, and volunteerism. Truly unique - born at the grassroots level and involving special public-private partnerships at the local, state and national levels - it represents the very essence of America's growth.
Over a century since it began, 4-H continues to thrive and expand today as one of America's foremost youth development initiatives. While constantly continuing to change in support of the evolving needs of young people today, most of the original concepts and philosophies - the proven strengths - remain unchanged.
There is no better guide toward our future than to learn from and build upon our past. The primary purpose of the 4-H History Preservation website is to provide a central resource on 4-H history, particularly at the national level.
As a reminder, Oklahoma has a Hobbies and Collectables curriculum located at http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/litol/ under "Healthy Living." Curriculum numbers are 4-H-HLTH-402 thru-413
2013 4-H Ambassador applications can be found on the 4-H Ambassador website.
Please note that applications must be postmarked by March 1st. The deadline is one month earlier than in the past.
Please encourage 4-H members to carefully follow directions when completing their application. Applications should be returned to Cathy Allen at the State 4-H Office.
Did you know the OSU men's basketball team has only lost one game and women have not lost any to this point and have the nation's longest win streak? You can bring your family or club to a game by buying your tickets now on line at: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/go.htmI?l=EN&t=okstate&o=1037770&g=142
promo code: pokes. This year we are also accepting the invitation to offer discount tickets for the OSU vs OU women's basketball game at Lloyd Noble. That code will be available soon.
Cowboy Basketball vs. Tennessee Tech, Sat 12/22/12, 12:00 PM
Cowgirl Basketball vs Kansas State, Sat 02/16/13, 4:00 PM
Cowgirl Basketball vs. University of Oklahoma (in Norman) Sun 02/10/13 4:00 PM (This code not yet posted.)
Spring Paper Clover: May 8-19, 2013
Fall Paper Clover: October 9-20, 2013 (starts during National 4-H Week)
Four-H is expected to host an in-store event at any time during both spring and fall Paper Clover events at the 28 stores we have in Oklahoma. There is a direct correlation between the amount of funds raised and 4-H's participation through an in-store event. 4-H'ers setting up in-store tables, demonstrating, or simply thanking customers for buying a Paper Clover has been proven to increase funds raised exponentially! Thus, it is an expectation during Paper Clover, more than any other time in the year, that 4-H work with their local store manager or store team member to coordinate their in-store participation.
4-H programs that host an in-store event will receive additional funds from Paper Clover. We will be rolling out a new incentive program to drive more of the Paper Clover funds to your county 4-H program. In-store 4-H participation will be required to participate in this incentive program, and more information will be shared in early 2013.
With the new and exciting upgrades to the Paper Clover campaign, please be sure you participate in Paper Clover webinars and access new toolkit resources, and promotional materials to ensure you continue to benefit from this important fundraiser. We will be sending out webinar dates and additional information in January.
The fall campaign raised $498,721, and funds have been sent to our state 4-H office to be distributed to your county 4-H counts within the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation. The Oklahoma 4-H portion of the funds will once again be awarded through enhancement grants. If you have questions about your county's funds, please contact our state 4-H office. Please do not contact your local TSC manager for the status of your county’s funds, but do thank them supporting your county programs and let them know how you plan on using the funds their store helped raise!
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.