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,
It appears that life is just one really big circle. After spending 12 years in Wyoming and Wisconsin, I first arrived in Stillwater in October, 1983, as the volunteer and staff development specialist for 4-H. From 1989 to 1994 I served as state 4-H program leader. After ten years as the state 4-H program leader in Oregon, I decided it was time to come "home to Oklahoma." Since 2005 I have been involved with the 4-H Foundation, and have been just across the hall from the program leader's office. Over the last 42 years I have been involved at the county, area, state, fund raising and administrative levels of 4-H, but I never expected to be back in this type of administrative position, even for a short time.
Claude Bess and the search committee are making great progress toward getting a new program leader hired, and I expect we will have someone in the office across the hall by late spring. In the meantime, I am pleased to be able to serve the Oklahoma 4-H Program as the Interim State 4-H Program Leader. My goals are to carry on the outstanding programs that are already in place and to help prepare us for the transition to a new leader.
I hope all of you will plan to join us for the celebration in honor of Charles' 34 years of dedicated service to the Oklahoma 4-H Program. Please join us at 5:30 p.m. in the Union Ballroom, on Wednesday, January 22nd, for that celebration.
In the meantime, if there is anything I can do to assist you in carrying out your program, I hope you will feel free to ask.
Interim State 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director, OCES
Have you heard of Adventure Racing? This one is designed for youth as well as adults. It is being hosted by another organization which is not affiliated with 4-H. You can learn more about it from the attached FLYER , website www.muduniversity.org or Facebook (www.facebook.com/funinthefirstdegree) is the best place to "like" and stay informed. Please forward/share this to those who might be interested in supporting this event, either as a participant or volunteer. For additional information contact:
Tim Baghurst, Ph.D.
Health and Human Performance
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
Tel: (405) 744 4346
The 2013 version of the Volunteer Management System manual, PPT trainings and revised forms are posted at http://4h.okstate.edu/educators/volunteer-management-system-1. Please dispose of any manual printed prior to November 2013. If your manual has tabs, keep and insert into the revised materials.
All new certified volunteers must complete the 4-H Working with Minors (WWM) Training and the 4-H Youth Development Orientation before a "Volunteer Certification Cleared" date can be entered in ACCESS 4-H. Both PowerPoint presentations were revised November 2013. Please be sure to use the current versions.
For all staff who have worked five or more years, a VMS Review webinar has been included in a 2014 In-service option.
White House Student Film Festival
The White House is launching the first-ever White House Student Film Festival. K-12 students from around the country are invited to create and submit one- to three-minute short web videos. Finalists could have their videos screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, and posted on the White House website. The topic: Highlighting the importance of technology in the classroom - and imagining how technology will change the educational experience for kids in the future. Films can be submitted now through January 29th, 2014. Learn more at http://www.whitehouse.gov/filmfestival?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=email265-text1&utm_campaign=filmfest.
Kavli Foundation "Science in Fiction" video contest
The Kavli "Science in Fiction" video contest challenges students to examine the science in video games, movies, and television shows. The competition is now open to students in grades 6-12 and closes on March 21, 2014. Winning videos will be shown at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington next April. Learn more at: http://www.usasciencefestival.org/2014-festival/2014-contests/kavli-video-contest-2013-2014.html .
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, including 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. It 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.
Below are some details about specific events at the 2014 Pet Fun Day.
2014 4-H Pet Photo Contest
Get your cameras out and start taking pictures of your adorable pets because the 2014 4-H Pet Photo contest is coming soon. The contest will be held in conjunction with the2014 4-H Pet Fun Day on January 11, 2014, but there will be opportunities to mail in pictures before then. If you don't have a dog, don't worry. There will be categories for both dogs and non-dogs. Don't wait. Get out there and take a picture of your goldfish swimming circles, your cat being bossy or even your pet rat sitting on your sister's shoulder.
Entries must either be received by the state 4-H office (Attn: Amanda Kindschi, 205 4-H YD, Stillwater, OK 74078) by January 6, 2014, or brought to the 4-H Pet Fun Day registration in Tulsa on January 11, 2014, before 9:30 am. Entries may be mailed or delivered but must be in place by the listed dates. All photographs will be available for release at the close of the 4-H Pet Fun Day or will be returned to the district 4-H office after the show.
2014 4-H Companion Animal Bingo
The first ever Oklahoma 4-H Companion Animal Bingo will be held this year at the 4-H Pet Fun Day on at the Tulsa Fairgrounds. This is a great opportunity for you to show off your knowledge of companion animals and proper training and care.
2014 4-H Companion Animal Display Contest
Do you have a great display about your pet, or would like to make a display to show off your 4-H pet project? The 4-H Companion Animal Display Contest may be the event for you. All displays entered will be exhibited during the 4-H Pet Fun Day on January 11, 2014.
2014 Rodent Races
Is your hamster or rat tired of showing off in their exercise ball with nobody to watch and no prizes to win? Bring them and their exercise ball out to 4-H Pet Fun Day to compete in the sport of rodent racing. It's like NASCAR but without the loud engines, the fast cars, and the ... okay not exactly NASCAR but it's sure to be fun.
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, animal health requirements and rules, check http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/events/animal.htm or contact Steve for more information.
This is an opportunity for your 4-H program to go into the National 4-H Archives! Voices of 4-H History is a resource for youth-produced media, to guide training of youth-adult media teams through the recruiting, interviewing, production and editing processes. The work of these media teams will be helpful, increasing public awareness during a very important
birthday for 4-H, the 1914 passage of the Smith-Lever Act that created Cooperative Extension.
In January of 2014, FilmFest 4-H, http://4h.missouri.edu/go/events/filmfest/ will invite youth-produced videos/films to be submitted for viewing and judging at the national 4-H film festival in August, 2014. Deadline for submissions will be July 1, 2014. Many of those films will be selected to be posted to the National 4-H History Film Archives and exhibited widely to improve public awareness of 4-H and Extension programs.
After many years without an international exchange homestay, we are once again going to participate with the LABO group from Japan. This is a wonderful opportunity for 4-H members to gain an international experience by hosting a Japanese brother or sister for a month during the summer break. Delegates range in age from 12 to 18, but most of the delegates are 12 to 14. All of the Japanese students have studied English, but they need an opportunity to practice their spoken English. Host families must have a member living at home and must be willing to provide a safe environment for a visitor from Japan. This year's exchange dates have tentatively been set for July 21st through August 20th. There are no financial incentives for host families, but the program will include at least one outing, such as the zoo or aquarium, which will be paid for. There will be a host family orientation program, and there will be one Japanese adult for every ten delegates to help with any issues that come up during the home stay. As host family application forms and more details become available, they will be sent to the counties. We do not want to leave educators out of the loop, but we understand just how busy you are, so our plan right now is to use the internet and Facebook to directly solicit families that might be interested in this experience. Pat and I will be serving as co-coordinators for this program, so let us know if you have any questions.
Citizenship Washington Focus is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth. For six weeks of the summer, delegations of 15- to 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, which give them 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 me at 405-744-8891.
Registration materials and payment are due in the State 4-H Office February 28, 2014.
Oklahoma 4-H members will be starting the new year off by raising money for the 2014 Oklahoma Kids Helping Kids campaign. While the campaign is a fundraiser for local 4-H clubs across the state, it is also a community service project for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Oklahoma City, a non-profit that provides "a home away from home" for families with seriously ill or injured children who are being treated in the Oklahoma City area.
In the campaign, 4-H'ers across the state will be pounding the pavement asking friends, neighbors, local businesses and caring strangers for $1 donations in exchange for a coupon to participating McDonald’s restaurants in Oklahoma. Of the funds raised, one third will remain in participating local 4-H programs, one sixth will be given to the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, and one half will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City. The funds given to the House will help finance their newest facility, which will be located within The Children's Hospital of Oklahoma City and will allow families to be housed just 2 minutes and 15 seconds away from their loved ones.
All registration materials must be postmarked to the State 4-H Office by Jan. 10. The campaign will begin Jan. 20 and last until the end of March, with all summary forms due back in the state 4-H office on March 31. The top fundraisers in the state will receive some truly amazing prizes, like an 18.5" HD television, a Nintendo 3DS or even an iPad Mini! All 4-H'ers who raise $50 or more will also have their names entered in a drawing to win a Kindle Fire HD.
For more information about this campaign, contact Suzanne Simpson in the State 4-H Office by calling 405-744-7960 or sending an email to email@example.com. Information can also be found on the Oklahoma 4-H website at http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/events/khk.htm.
It's time to apply for the Oklahoma 4-H Pickens Legacy Scholarships! This scholarship program kicked off last year to great success and awarded $12,000 to Oklahoma 4-H high school seniors and alumni who enrolled at Oklahoma State University. This year, we will be offering eight different scholarships, six $2,000 awards and two $1,000 awards. Most of the scholarships are available exclusively to graduating high school seniors who are accepted to one of the OSU campuses, but two are also available to current OSU students. This is an amazing opportunity, and I encourage all who are eligible to apply. The application is almost identical to the Level III & IV Scholarship application due with record books on April 28, so even if a 4-H'er is unsuccessful this time around, they will have a massive head start on other 4-H scholarship applications.
The application and two copies of the Pickens Legacy News Information Sheet will be due on Feb. 14, 2014 at noon. If you have any questions about the application or any of the awards, please contact Suzanne Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-744-7960. More information is available on the 4-H website at http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/awards/handbook.htm.
Exciting opportunity for talented 4-H members who write music, poetry and stories, draw, paint, sculpt, perform, make movies, take pictures, landscape design, etc...
The program goal is to expand the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and career exploration in the areas of communication and expressive arts through 4-H Youth Development efforts.
The exhibition encourages youth how to think, but not what to think. We want youth to look for ways to observe and interpret their surroundings and then to express their thoughts and/or emotions creatively through writing, music, art, photography, video or some other form of visual medium.
New opportunity: Since the October edition of Focus on Youth a Ribbon Art Challenge has been added. The first 10 clubs (no more than two clubs per county) who contact Tracy Beck by email at email@example.com will receive a pack of 100 multi-colored Oklahoma State Fair ribbons. At least 75 of the 100 ribbons must be used for the entry. NO other ribbons may be used. The finished product may not exceed 40 inches in any one direction (3-D or flat). The ribbons can be cut, sewn, painted, ripped, burned or manipulated in any way that allows you to achieve the desired artistic effect. Ideas might include, but are not limited to: quilts, soft or hard sculptures, paintings, masks, collages…the possibilities are limitless! Additional details attached.
Attached is a revised copy of the criteria and application. Entries due June 1, 2014.
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.