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,
April is going to be a very important month for Oklahoma 4-H. I want to encourage everyone to find a way to be involved in the process for selecting our new state 4-H program leader and assistant director for 4-H. The person in this leadership role will have an influence on the work that all of us do to make Oklahoma 4-H the best that it can be. I know that not everyone can give up three different days to be in Stillwater, but all of the presentations should be available to view on line and I hope everyone will take time to view them and send in their evaluations. The background information, application and itinerary for each of the candidates is now available at: https://stillwater.sharepoint.okstate.edu/dasnrvp.
As a reminder of the news that has already been sent out, here is the schedule of the candidates and the dates they will be on campus.
April 11 - Dr. Carrie Stark
April 14 - Dr. Pamela Ardern
April 16 - Dr. Kevin Allen
A special thank you goes to the search and screen committee of 16 people who have already given up a lot of time to get us to this point. Thank you in advance to all the folks that will take time to participate in this very important activity.
Interim Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development Oklahoma State University
Interim State 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director, OCES
Do YOU know 4-H member who have what it takes to be a STAR? If so, the 2014 Oklahoma 4-H Roundup 4-H Has Talent competition is for them. If selected, participants will have the opportunity to show off their skills in front of nearly 1000 fellow 4-Hers, parents/volunteers and educators. Participants can sing a song, do a dance, tell a joke or just do something unusual. For more information please check out the submission guidelines and information form at http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/4-h-has-talent-1/2014_4-HTalent_Info.pdf
All the entries must be received (not postmarked!!!) in the State 4-H Office by May 15, 2014.
This year marks the 93rd State 4-H Roundup, "Making Superstars!" It will be held July 23-25, 2014, 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 located at http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/roundup-notebook
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Tracy Beck at 405-744-8891.
If you are looking for a great experience, consider joining Oklahoma 4-H in an International Trip July 1-9, 2015! This trip will include sites in and around Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, Versailles, the Catacombs, and more! A couple of days will also reflect on our history from World War II, with a trip to Normandy and Brittany to see the D-Day Beaches, museums and more. Registration will be on a first come, first served, basis. Youth must be 15 by the time of the trip. A parent(s) may attend with their child if desired! Three payment options are available. Complete the application and submit NOW to take advantage of saving $100 with a voucher code good only through April 30! Check out the website with the promotional materials and application! The itinerary is included as well as other details. Once application is received, registrants will get the information to register. For more information contact: Cheryl Newberry.
Save the dates:
June 24-25 Digital Media STEM Institute OSU Campus
July 10-11 Robotics STEM Institute OSU Campus
For more information: http://4h.okstate.edu/homefolder/programs/science-and-technology/stem/stem
Kudos to all who are actively forming new clubs! We love receiving applications for new clubs! New clubs is a sign of growth.
This is a friendly reminder about chartering new clubs. Attached is a document sent out last fall which outlines the process and includes a 2013 revised charter application. It is posted online at http://agweb.okstate.edu/fourh/edu/cms.htm.
The current attachment has a minor update because ACCESS 4-H made a changes to the system and removed an unnecessary item which was noted in the previous instructions.
Please review the process and use the revised form as new clubs are started and applications submitted.
Keep up the great work! We do love receiving Charter applications!
We have several changes to the state 4-H record book and scholarship programs this year. Please note the updates below and share them with your 4-H members and club leaders:
- Dates for 2014: Awards applications are due in the state 4-H office by noon, April 28, 2014. Record book judging will occur on May 6, 2014. Interviews will be conducted on June 9, 2014.
- New for 2014: All project scholarships have been increased to $1,200!
- New for 2014: To reflect Oklahoma 4-H policy, we have increased the age limit for submitting state 4-H record books. Now, a 4-H member may continue to submit record books provided he/she has not reached the age of 19 before January 1 of the program year. The exception is for youth who reach or pass their 19th birthday by December 31 while still remaining in high school.
- New for 2014: We will be offering an online training for all record book judges several weeks prior to judging. If you volunteer to judge, please be on the lookout for more information.
- New for 2014: Almost all of the tools available on the state 4-H website have been updated. Please visit http://4h.okstate.edu/awards to see the changes.
The following was released on Friday 3/14/14 at 11:54 am. If you have not subscribed to the updates and conversations, please do so. Click on "Support" in the upper right-hand toolbar on the Dashboard.
Early this morning we released a few updates and bug fixes to the ACCESS 4-H Enrollment system.
Those changes are listed below. If you have any questions please let us know.
- Added the choice of Armed Forces Americas, Pacific and Europe (AP, AA, AE) as state address selections.
- Added help text to the screen that appears after a user submits a change request or a reenrollment. This text explains that the user should not submit another change request or reenrollment until the one they just submitted has been accepted. This is to prevent people from submitting multiple requests because the system cannot accept a change on top of another change.
- Corrected a sporadic issue with the incorrect name displaying on the privacy information page.
- Fixed an inconsistent issue with columns not holding their sort order in certain reports.
- Changed the canned report that shows who has or hasn’t reenrolled to include those with an active status as well as new and returning.
In addition, if you are curious about the TSC Paper Clover Fundraiser, please join us for a quick webinar, Tuesday, March 25th, at 10am Central. This is a great way to raise money for your county's 4-H program! The sign up and more details can be found at http://tinyurl.com/paperclovermarch
Come join us April 22 for an in-service to learn about the resources (cameras, laptops, curriculum) available to you for documenting oral history of 4-H and creating digital media. This program was originally scheduled in February but was snowed out. You can sign up through the In-Service system. http://dasnr51.dasnr.okstate.edu:9090/inservice/2014/inservice/display.action?mainId=29898
After a rigorous selection process the 2014 Regional 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer winners have been announced. Donna Dollins, Payne County 4-H Volunteer was selected as the southern region Volunteer of the Year (under 10 years of service). As a regional recipient, Donna gets a $400 travel scholarship to attend her respective STE Regional 4-H Volunteer Forum. In addition, $200 is donated to the 4-H program of her choice. Donna will also be considered for national recognition which will be announced in April 2014 during National Volunteer Week.
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 participating in the 4-H Market Place, members may grow in the following areas:
- Financial Management
- Marketing Strategies
- Economic Awareness
- Communication Skills
The Market Place was introduced three years ago at the State Parent Volunteer Conference. Youth and volunteers alike learn through the experience. Youth vendors may showcase their business and offer products for sale from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, June 28th, in the Classroom Building at OSU.
** Updated Information **
Afterwards a FREE lunch will be provided to the youth vendors. At that time they will discuss the lessons learned and network with each other. During the first afternoon session of the Parent Volunteer Conference a workshop on entrepreneurship will be held for vendors and volunteers. There will be no charge for 4-H Market Place vendors to attend the workshop.
4-H Market Place Guidelines:
- All vendors must be 4-H members
- There is a $5.00 set-up fee per table (which is donated to the Oklahoma Children's Hospital Foundation)
- Tables are provided by OSU (8' rectangular)
- 4-Her's are responsible for setting their own prices and handling sales transactions
- All items sold must be hand-made or project-related
- Space will be limited to 12 tables. Vendors may share a table.
Deadline to register is June 2, 2014. Contact Stephanie Weckler at email@example.com or 580-669-1124.
The conference will be held at Rock Eagle 4-H Center October 2-5.
The call for workshop proposals is now open. Each session will be 90 minutes long and will be offered in concurrent workshop formats on Friday morning and all day on Saturday. There is a 10% discount on registrations for the lead presenter of accepted workshop sessions. No additional fees may be charged for any workshop presented at this conference but there is the discount for the lead presenter and additional opportunities for discounts.
The State Parent-Volunteer Conference will be held June 28th in Stillwater. The conference theme will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) and our objectives are:
O - On going 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.
Early bird registration is $40 and due on or before May 30th. Registration received after May 30th is $50. The conference program and registration will be available at http://4h.okstate.edu/volunteer-development after April 8th. Just a sampling of workshops on the schedule:
Super Seminars - 2 hour
- Teaching Horticulture ID and Judging
- Fun with Lego Robotics
- Club Management - Tool Box
- Performing Art 101
- Service Learning - Citizenship at its MAXIUM
Workshops - 1 hour
- FUNdraising with FOOD
- Art with a Heart - 4-H project club
- Secret to BIG MONEY! Job Readiness 101
- Encouraging Youth Entrepreneurs
- Service Learning - What's the Hype?
- Breaking the Ice!
- Eating Your way through a Productive Meeting!
- Mason Jar Crafting
- Fabric and Fashion Update
- Red Wigglers - Composting at Home
- Food Science
- Basic Floral Design - an art
- Icebreakers for the Club
- The ARTS in Crafts
- What is Blue Thumb and How Do I Get One?
County, District and State Volunteer of the Year and Life-time Volunteers will be recognized at the luncheon.
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.