Interactive Demonstrations at OKC Fair - Food and Non-Food


4-H Amazing Small Animal Project (ASAP) Teen Leaders Council

4-H Fabrics & Fashions

Free Kit National Youth Science Day Kits - Rockets to the Rescue


Make Safety a Habit

Grant Funds for Developing Youth and Adult Leaders


Growing Blue Ribbon Goodness, 4-H Style
October 2-5, 2014
Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Eatonton, Georgia


Welcome to 4-H


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.

July, 2014

Dear Educators and Volunteers,

It is with great honor and excitement that I write my first official opening to the Focus on Youth as your new state 4-H program leader. I am deeply humbled to have been provided the opportunity to serve you, our volunteers and our 4-H youth in this position. While my title and role may have changed, my appreciation and admiration for all you do for our youth is stronger than ever!

On behalf of our entire organization, I wish to express our deepest appreciation to Dr. Jim Rutledge for his leadership, support and service the last six months as interim state 4-H program leader. His wealth of knowledge, experience and dedication to the Oklahoma 4-H Program provided a seamless transition.

As I shared during my seminar, I have often wondered what Norman Rockwell's "A Day in the Life of a County Agent" would look like if he were to paint this today?
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Sure, some things have changed. Not many youth dress this way. Maybe today this would be a digital photo instead of a painting. And where we conduct 4-H has definitely broadened.

But most of what I see has not changed. We still have adults and Extension educators helping youth develop, grow and have fun!

I believe that our STORY is here and it is brought to life every day in Oklahoma! Youth, adult partnerships, expertise and learning continue to be central to our mission! This was true 100 years ago with the signing of the Smith-Lever Act in 1948, when Rockwell created this painting, and it is still true today!

This year we celebrate Extension's first 100 years that include a rich heritage and one that each of us has played a great part in creating! I now turn my eyes to the future and look forward to working together as we move into our next 100 years and keep Oklahoma 4-H the premier positive youth development organization that it is today!


Kevin Allen
State 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director, OCES


Interactive Demonstrations at OKC Fair - Food and Non-Food

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-noon, and Wednesday, September 17, from 6-8 p.m. 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 If you need additional information, please call me at (405) 744-8891. The deadline for being considered is August 29, 2014.

Tracy Beck


4-H Amazing Small Animal Project (ASAP) Teen Leaders Council

If you are 13 years of age or older and have an active interest in 4-H Companion Animal Programs, then this council may be the place for you to serve. The council will be having its annual face to face meeting on July 18, 2014, from 10 am- 4 pm in Stillwater. Meetings will begin at the 4-H offices, and the day will conclude with a field trip to the Stillwater Humane Shelter.

Goals of the day include: event planning, project promotion tour and help at the Stillwater Humane Shelter, and opportunities to share citizenship and leadership ideas for the companion animal programs.

There is no cost, but you will be expected to buy your own lunch and must RSVP so we can make sure to get you the proper forms for assisting at the Humane Shelter. Please RSVP by contacting Martha Hickman, or (405) 744-8887, by July 15th. She will need the following information: name, age, email, and county of 4-H membership. 

Steve Beck

Free Kit National Youth Science Day Kits - Rockets to the Rescue

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 will take place on October 8, 2014.

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?

Jeff Sallee


4-H Fabrics & Fashions

Apparel Design & Construction Skill Mastery Sheets are now posted at: Also, located at the same address are project guidesheets for new projects introduced. Additional support resources are also available on the website to guide the member's learning experience. 

Using ACCESS enrollment records, all youth enrolled in Fabrics & Fashions will be notified via email of the recently posted materials.

Fabric and Fashions committee members have been working hard to develop materials over the past year, but this project continues to be a work in progress. Skill mastery sheets in Interior Design & Construction, as well as Hobbies Textiles Design & Construction are still under development. 

Fabrics & Fashions Committee Members

Training and Staff Development

Make Safety a Habit

Excerpt from Nonprofit Risk Management E-news, June issue.  The entire article can be read at

Most of us have at least one bad habit we'd like to kick But the term "habit" doesn't deserve a bad rap. Habit can, and should, be a positive concept in a nonprofit. Nowhere is habit more important than the area of workplace. A safe workplace, summer camp, clinic, training site or residence is somewhere we can be proud of. And it's also a place where our clients, consumers and customers feel welcome and valued.

In his book, The Power of Habit, author Charles Duhigg shares how even a large organization can make workplace safety essentials, habitual:

  1. Outline the goal and explain why.

  2. Explain how and provide support.

  3. Make accountability real.

  4. Celebrate process wins.

Making safety habitual doesn't happen overnight. It is hard work that happens each every day as staff see that stepping forward and stepping up to report unsafe practices is actually good for your mission. For more on workplace culture, check out the brand new edition of Risk Management Essentials, and The Goldilocks Principle: Creating a Culture That’s Just Right.

Karla Knoepfli

Grant Funds for Developing Youth and Adult Leaders

DEADLINE: Open Deadline Application. Applicants will be notified regarding status of application within 30 days of receipt of application.

The Leadership Development and Citizen Engagement (LDCE) Steering Committee encourages you to apply for a LDCE Grant. Grant proposals for up to $1,000.00 and open ended. LDCE is an educational effort of two partnering organizations: Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) and Oklahoma Home and Community Education, Inc. (OHCE).

Youth and adult 4-H leadership programs are eligible for funding if they meet the criteria.
LDCE grants are to provide seed money for emerging leaders to develop and refine leadership skills through specific training or by working on a project of importance to the community, neighborhood or county. The proposed project or training must foster leadership development and citizen involvement.

Emerging leaders learn about leadership when they test and practice their skills by working on a project or participating in leadership development training that results in personal or community improvement. To be considered for a LDCE grant the applicant(s) must clearly indicate how the proposed project or training will enhance leadership, individually or collectively, and/or lead to an improved condition at the community, county or state level.
Prior to proposal submission, applicants should carefully consider the following selection criteria:

  • Significance of need for leadership development—This need should be clearly described in the proposal.
  • Evidence of how emerging leaders will increase and/or enhance their leadership skills
  • Evidence of collaboration among individuals or groups (i.e., school, 4-H, volunteer, and/or professional groups)
  • Projected impact of leadership training and/or project

It is vitally important that each project proposal clearly indicate how leaders will be developed and/or how community projects will increase citizen involvement in addressing local problems.

Application and information link:

Karla Knoepfli



Growing Blue Ribbon Goodness, 4-H Style
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 to 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 The conference schedule and other materials are posted at this location.

Karla Knoepfli



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.