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,
Summer is flying by, and it is hard to believe camps are over, the 93rd State 4-H Roundup is upon us, school is getting ready to begin and fair season is just around the corner!
As tends to be the case in Extension work, we are continually presented with new opportunities to share with our families and supporters, and August is no different.
Oklahoma 4-H has the unique opportunity to partner with Biggest Loser, season 14 finalist, Joe Ostaszewski. Joe learned about the 4-H program and that Health is one of our four H's. Through our 4-H Healthy Living Mission Mandate, 4-H engages youth and families with opportunities to achieve optimal physical, social and emotional well-being. To promote his healthy living platform, the importance of eating right and engaging in physical activity, Joe will be riding his bike from the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MD, to the Biggest Loser Ranch in California. His chase vehicle will be a motor-home that is wrapped in a 4-H Healthy Living theme promoting our mission mandate. His desire is to inspire kids across America to live active healthy lives and empower them with the tools and programs they need to become change agents in the fight against childhood obesity.
Joe will be riding across Oklahoma August 25 - 30th. Plans are still being finalized for this great opportunity to promote Healthy Living as Joe rides across Oklahoma, so be on the lookout for more information. There will be opportunities for you to join Joe on his ride, meet him and learn more about offering healthy living opportunities to your club members.
We hope you are able to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to create awareness of Oklahoma 4-H and our many programs to support healthy living for Oklahoma youth.
State 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director, OCES
There's still time to sign up for Septemberfest 2014! This annual event on the lawn at the Governor's Mansion is a family-oriented, free festival that features all kinds of activities for youth. The audience is primarily urban, and more than 20,000 people typically attend! This is an excellent way to spread 4-H to a broader audience in a fun, cost-effective way.
This year, Septemberfest will take place on September 6, from 10 am - 4 pm. Each year we have participated in the event, we have had 4-H'ers from across the state coordinate various activities at the Oklahoma 4-H display. We'd like to invite youth 12 to 19 years old to join us in sharing the educational and fun activities they have learned through project-related, hands-on activities or demonstrations. We'd like the activities and projects to appeal to an urban audience and peak their interest in the 4-H program. Project work related to dog club activities, entomology demonstrations, robotics, science and technology, and healthy living would be excellent, but we are open to other ideas.
Each participant will be asked to conduct his or her activity repeatedly during a two-hour period. Remember that families will want to see many exhibits, so they won’t stay in one place too long. Plan activities that can be completed in a few minutes. The time periods include:
9 am to 12 pm (Actual shift is 10 - 12, but set up starts at 9 am.)
12 noon to 2 pm
2 pm to 4 pm
It is imperative that 4-H members and families follow through with this commitment once they register for a time slot. Interested parties must register no later than August 18 via email, mail or fax. Participants will receive confirmation and further instructions. Feel free to contact me for more information related to this event!
OMK and the Oklahoma 4-H Program is partnering with the Adjutant General of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma National Guard Family Program Office to present the 3rd Annual Horseback Heroes. The event takes place Saturday, October 18th, at Covey Farms, 11300 South Rockwell Avenue in Oklahoma City (southwest of the airport), from 8 am-4 pm. This is a superb opportunity for Oklahoma 4-H'ers to showcase their leadership skills andproject knowledge and to tell military families about 4-H!
Horseback Heroes is a unique experience for children and youth of the Oklahoma National Guard. For absolutely no charge, kids can come out and spend a day learning all about horses. There will be exhibits for horseshoeing, buggy rides, steer roping, horse care, horse safety, horseback riding, dummy bucking and even a calf scramble! Each participant will receive a t-shirt. This isn't just for beginners. There will be something for every skill level.
Lunch will be provided. Registration is limited to the first 120 kids. (50 the first year, 80 the second year and now 120 this year!) Sign up at: http://j.mp/oknghh2014. This event is absolutely free for military kids and their parents, volunteers and helpers!!!!
Oklahoma 4-H members and leaders will be involved by:
- Providing horses and teens/adults to serve as horse handlers
- Coordinating the Petting Zoo (4-H members bring their 4-H animal project critters and visit with the military kids about their animals)
- Bugs! Interactive Insect Exhibit (Andrine Shufram, OSU Entomology Department)
- Informational displays pertaining to horses (tack, health care, costs, grooming, riding lessons, etc.)
- "Join 4-H!" Display
We encourage 4-H members and leaders in the "close-by" counties (Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian, Grady and McClain) to consider being involved in this event, but by no means is this opportunity limited to these counties. In addition to the above activities at the 4-H station, there will be a need for volunteers to help with registration, to serve lunch, to serve as group leaders and to assist with parking. A great leadership opportunity awaits them all. We appreciate your help in getting this information to your 4-H families in the very near future. Planning for this event has kicked into high gear.
For more information about how your 4-H'ers can be involved, please contact one of us by August 15:
- Displays - "Join 4-H," Project Displays and Volunteer Opportunities - Pat McNally
- Horseback Rides - Horses and Horse Handlers - Tom Manske
- Petting Zoo - 4-H Members and Critters - Carrie Winslett
Check out these websites for news releases and photos from the 2013 event:
At the Oklahoma State Fair, there are several opportunities for youth to do both Food and Non-Food interactive demonstrations.
The Food Demonstrations will be in the kitchen area of the Creative Arts Building on Sunday, September 14, from 10 am -noon, and Wednesday, September 17, from 6-8 pm Demonstrations will be 30 minutes each, which includes setup and cleanup.
The Non-Food Demonstration will be in the 4-H area of the Creative Arts Building on September 13, 14, 20 and 21. Demonstrations will be assigned in two-hour time slots.
Forms and guidelines are available at http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/oklahoma-state-fairs/oklahoma-state-fair/events-and-activities/oklahoma-state-fairs/oklahoma-state-fair.
If you need additional information, please call me at (405) 744-8891. The deadline for being considered is August 29, 2014.
State 4-H Judging Contests for: Insect Identification, Horticulture, Crops, and Consumer Judging will be held Saturday, September 13th, at the Oklahoma County Extension Office. State Fair gate passes will once again be available for 4-H members registered in the state 4-H office by the August 30th deadline. Registration forms will be emailed to Extension educators after Roundup.
It's almost fair time, and the Oklahoma State Fair and the Tulsa State Fair each have opportunities for 4-H dog project members to show off their dogs. Both fairs offer 4-H classes in Obedience, Rally Obedience and Showmanship. Additionally, the show at Tulsa offers classes in agility.
These are great opportunities for both new and experienced dog show participants. Dogs should be well-socialized, healthy and current on vaccinations. Mutts welcome, breed registration is not a requirement.
The Oklahoma State Fair 4-H Dog Show will be held September 20, 2014, with registration due by August 30, 2014. The Tulsa State Fair Dog Show will be held October 5, 2014 with registration due by September 10, 2014. Event information and registration forms can be found at http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/events/statefair.htm.
For more information about participation in 4-H Dog shows contact Steve Beck at (405) 744-8886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nature lovers can get a glimpse of salmon runs through a live streaming video. For the second year, the US Forest Service is streaming from the bed of Juneau's Steep Creek on the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.
For more information and a link to the feed, please visit the Forest Service Underwater Salmon Cam Ready to "School" Viewers blog < http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/07/14/forest-service-underwater-salmon-cam-ready-to-school-viewers/ >.
The direct youtube link is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTa2Q_QTUsY
The 2014 National Science Experiment will explore the field of aerospace engineering. The University of Arizona developed the 2014 National Science Experiment. Rockets to the Rescue! National Youth Science Day (NYSD) will take place October 8, 2014. Any day in October is an acceptable NYSD date.
This year, youth will be tasked with the same mission: In light of the recent natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, National 4-H Council is asking youth to design and build an aerodynamic food transportation device that can deliver a payload of nutritious food to disaster victims. Youth will learn engineering concepts, develop math skills, learn about nutrition and help solve a relevant, global issue.
Science kits for the 2014 National Science Experiment are available for pre-order. If you are willing to present the NYSD Experiment or have a volunteer do it for you, I am willing to purchase one kit for your county. Our experience is this has been a terrific opportunity to introduce science to youth in a fun interactive manner that they can appreciate. We have also been able to receive wonderful media coverage for 4-H and 4-H Science. Because of this we are going to promote this across the state and encourage as many counties as we can possibly get to participate. NYSD is planned for October 8th nationwide. I realize you may be covered up with county 4-H week events. Any day in October is an acceptable NYSD date.
Send me an email with:
- Planned date and location of your NYSD Event
- How many youth you expect - Who is your audience? (NYSD kits are designed for 10 youth ages 12+, but they are very adaptable.)
- Who will be your NYSD presenter/teacher?
- What media outlets do you plan to involve and how? (This includes social media)
- I will ask you for a short follow up report due November 1st. Who will be responsible for the report?
To receive your free NYSD kit I need your request by August 1st! Additional information about National Youth Science Day can be found here: http://www.4-h.org/4-h-national-youth-science-day/
Voting is open for the "Inspire a Future Scientist" video contest! Go to
www.4-h.org/4hfuturescientist and vote for the winner!
National 4-H Council and HughesNet, the nation's largest satellite internet provider, are joining together to inspire young people in communities across the country to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Together, our organizations serve small, local, rural and exurban communities across the country, and we're passionate about STEM education, building future leaders, and powering our country's competitiveness in the global economy.
Take a few minutes to check out these incredible videos and vote for your favorite!
In a newly-released paper authorized by the Noyce Foundation, the Afterschool Alliance takes an in-depth look into the impact of afterschool STEM programs for youth. The paper focuses on STEM learning programs, such as the 4-H Tech Wizards program, with what is described as "strong youth outcomes."
Study slides have been developed for Oklahoma 4-H Crops Judging. The study slides can be found on the 4-H Literature Online page under the Plant Science and Entomology tab. http://4h.okstate.edu/literature-links/ok-4-h-literature-online-1/litol/plant.html
As you begin planning your upcoming year, don't forget about all the science resources that are available to you through the state 4-H office. These kits are hands-on, engaging and most of all easy to teach.
During the State Parent-Volunteer Conference four volunteers were recognized as District Volunteer of the Year. (Candidates for this award have been volunteer leaders for less than 10 years). District Volunteers of the Year include Nancy Cooper, Payne County, Northeast District; Cairl Collins, Pushmataha County, Southeast District; D’Ann Peterson, Noble County, Northwest District; and Melissa Wilson, Comanche County, Southwest District. Peterson was honored with the State Volunteer of the Year award.
Those honored with the District Lifetime Volunteer of the Year award were Debbie Terronez, Lincoln County, Northeast District; Nelda Burrows, Pontotoc County, Southeast District; and Glynadee Edwards, Greer County, Southwest District. Edwards also was named the State Lifetime Volunteer of the Year. The Lifetime Volunteer of the Year award is presented to those volunteers with 10 or more years of service.
November 7-9, 2014, a multi-state conference will be held at the State 4-H Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. This event is for 4-H volunteers, parents and Extension educators wanting to learn fun, creative, innovative and effective best practices in working with today's youth and families. It is also a great event for networking with adults interested in growing youth, volunteers and the 4-H program. Sessions will be taught by experienced volunteers and Extension staff. Cost is $175 and includes meals, housing and programming.
Please consider sending a team, a volunteer as a form of recognition, or participating yourself for professional development/continuing education. The conference is currently seeking workshops. Go to http://4h.okstate.edu/volunteer-development to down load the workshop proposal. Proposals are due August 1.
October 2-5, 2014
Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Eatonton, Georgia
The 4-H Volunteer Conference of Southern States (formerly Southern Region Volunteer Forum) is designed to engage 4-H volunteers and staff across the southern region in contemporary educational opportunities that will impact, enhance and foster quality, excellence and achievement in the essential elements of youth development programming.
The mission of the conference is provide experiential educational opportunities to 4-H volunteers and staff across the southern region, which are designed to improve the quality of 4-H programming in their own activities, projects, clubs and communities.
Early bird registration is $300. After September 1 the cost will be $350. Register directly through the conference web site at http://www.georgia4h.org/public/more/volunteer/RAVE/VolConference/default.html. The conference schedule and other materials are posted at this location.
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.