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,
Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Allen on his appointment as our new Assistant Director for Extension and State 4-H Program Leader. I know that everyone knows Kevin because of his years working as our Natural Resource and Shooting Sports specialist. Even though that is true, I would like to make some observations about our new leader while I have the floor. Kevin is a hard worker, never afraid to pitch in when needed to get the job done. I have seen him lend a hand at events where he didn't even have to be. I know that even though he was not in 4-H as a youth, he has a true passion for 4-H, because he has seen the impact that it has on young people, adults and communities. He is dedicated to the idea that volunteers are among our most important resources, and he knows that we should invest in their development and management in order to move the program forward. I know that he believes in the professional staff and the work they do day in and day out. Kevin understands that 4-H is about cows and cookies but he also knows that it is about things like science and technology, natural resources, leadership, citizenship and a whole lot more. For all of these reasons and more, I am very excited to Welcome Kevin as our new leader, effective July 1st. I know you will join me in welcoming him to his new role.
It has been my great privilege to serve you these past few months. I appreciate the support that I have received from those here in the state office as well as those in the counties. I am looking forward to going back to my part-time work as the Executive Director for the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, so I will still be around and I look forward to seeing everyone at Roundup and State Fairs.
I know that Oklahoma 4-H is an outstanding youth development program. We have a glorious heritage and a wonderful past that we can look on with pride. Today, as we look to having Kevin Allen as our new leader, I believe we have a great future to look forward to.
Interim State 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director, OCES
Plans are underway for the 93rd State 4-H Roundup. It will be held on the OSU campus July 23-25, 2014, with an optional "County Night Out" on July 22. The 4-H State Council has chosen the theme "4-H Making Superstars." Registration materials have been posted to the State 4-H website http://4h.okstate.edu/homefolder/sample-page-1/events-and-activities/roundup-notebook/state-4-h-roundup-1
Below is some basic information.
- Youth must be 13 years of age and/or have completed the 7th grade to attend Roundup.
- Every youth and adult attending Roundup must be registered. There are no partial registrations. The exception is guests attending the Thursday Night Honor Assembly.
- Counties may choose to stay in either Kerr Drummond or the Village Suites again this year. Registration cost will be based upon that choice ($111 for Kerr Drummond and $125 for Village Suites). Counties must choose only one housing location (i.e., cannot split group). Note: Res Life will do housing assignments for the Villages. Therefore, we cannot guarantee location, which counties are next to each other, etc.
- There are a couple of changes with Residential Life this year:
* Only 400 persons will be housed in the Suites. Assignment to the Suites will be made as complete county registration materials are received in Ag Conferences.
* Reservations and payment for County Night Out must be made with your Roundup Registration. It will need to be chosen on the fee transmittal form. The cost per person for Tuesday Night Out is $21 for Kerr Drummond and $29.50 for the Village Suites. This does not include the partial linen service mentioned below.
- Beds in the suites are full size. Beds in Kerr Drummond are XL twin.
- There is a Partial Linen Service option offered for $6 per person per night. This charge must be paid with your Roundup registration. If this option is chosen, it must be for the ENTIRE county group. Partial Linen Service means that Residential Life will provide linen packets at the end of each bed, and the delegates make up their own beds. Linens included are sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, and a bar of soap for the duration of the camp.
- Pizza orders will NOT be taken during Roundup. All orders must be sent in with Roundup registration on the Pre-Order Form located on the Roundup website.
- The deadline for registration is 5 pm, June 20. Because of delayed campus mail delivery, registration that is mailed must be postmarked by June 16. Counties whose registration fails to meet this deadline may not be accepted. If they are accepted, they will be assessed an additional $10 fee per delegate. This is a VERY FIRM deadline!
- FYI: Roundup registration forms are worked in the order they are received! To make sure your delegates get the workshops they want, please send early!
- Wednesday lunch will be on your own. No meal will be provided in the Dining Hall.
- Registration times will be Tuesday, July 22, from 4-7 pm, and Wednesday, July 23, from 8:45 - 11 am.
- Counties will be REQUIRED to bring a corresponding chaperone for each gender of youth they bring. If the county has male delegates, it must bring a male chaperone. If a county has female delegates, it must bring a female chaperone.
For more information, watch for updates on the State 4-H website or contact Tracy Beck at email@example.com or 405-744-8891.
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 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.
We all believe our pets are special, and what better way to prove it then to make some amazing videos of your pet to share with your friends, family, and other 4-Hers. Companion Animal Video School will be held July 7th and 8th in Stillwater, beginning at 10 am Monday and concluding at 3 pm Tuesday. Participants will learn video skills such as proper camera and lighting placement, storyboarding, and sound set up. They will also learn how to utilize editing software to clean up their videos and create movie magic. Animal training skills will also be covered so that members will know how to use positive reinforcement to set up some special shots for both educational purposes and fun.
Participants and their pets must be accompanied by an adult chaperone who is encouraged to participate with their youth. ,This program is designed for teens, but with the correct adult/youth partnership younger 4-H members may attend as well. Pre-registration and payment of $35 is required. The fee includes the cost of a fun evening activity, both lunches and one dinner. Registration form, housing, kennels and vaccination requirements can be found at http://4h.okstate.edu/programs/animal.
During June there will be two different 4-H dog show opportunities open to all Oklahoma 4-H members. Both of these shows will provide a great opportunity to practice and learn before the fall county and state fairs.
The first show will be the "Dog Daze of Summer" show, held June 7th at the Creek County Fairgrounds in Kellyville. This show is hosted by the Tulsa County and Creek County 4-H dog clubs and will begin with a free Rally Obedience workshop taught by Mike Delorey from the Tulsa Dog Training Club. The workshop will begin at 9:30 am, and the show will start after the workshop is complete. This show will include showmanship, rally, agility, and obedience. More information, registration forms and vaccination requirements can be found here. If you have further questions about this show contact Alex Magee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second show in June is the Nowata/Craig County 4-H Dog Show, scheduled for June 21st at the Craig County Fairgrounds in Vinita. Last year was the first year they hosted a show, and they did an excellent job putting together a quality show. Their show includes showmanship, obedience, and rally. More information including registration forms and vaccination requirements can be found here. If you have further questions, contact email@example.com or Valerie Collier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The current 4-H Enrollment card http://4h.okstate.edu/literature-links/ok-4-h-literature-online-1/others/4henrollment is available in hardcopy at no cost to the county. Counties can order up to 10 % over their current member enrollment by emailing email@example.com. Stock is limited. This card is only good for use in the 2014-15 4-H year. From this point forward the 4-H enrollment card will be updated annually. Beginning in 2015 enrollment cards will be available online for printing in county offices or through Print-on-Demand only. Any cards left in your office at the end of the 4-H enrollment year will need to be destroyed. DO NOT use the old green card-stock enrollment forms.
Volunteer enrollment cards are also available at the above link.
The fifth annual Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit is looking for Peer Mentors for this year's Summit that will be held at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC on October 21, 2014. Qualified youth who are leaders and play an active role in the prevention of distracted driving in their schools and communities should apply at http://www.123contactform.com/form-590753/Teen-Distracted-Driving-Summit-Peer-Mentor-Application . Applications must be submitted by June 2, 2014. Peer Mentors will be chosen by June 16.
Ten youth who are high school seniors and college students (aged 17-22) will be selected to take on this leadership opportunity. Selected youth will need to be available for monthly and semi-monthly calls, and be in DC October 18-21, 2014.
Please find the attached information provided by William Arnett, NED representative to National 4-H Conference 2013. He compiled this information for people to use to help locate lower-priced computers and lower-priced internet services. The brochure and flyer shows what is available in each county across the state and gives information on how to locate services in your area. Please share with clientele in your county as you see fit.
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 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?
To receive your free NYSD kit I need your request by July 1st! Additional information about National Youth Science Day can be found here: http://www.4-h.org/4-h-national-youth-science-day/
Staying on TRAC is a seasonal process. We get our clubs On TRAC in the fall, provide continuing education during the year and evaluate the clubs through the Club Charter Renewal process.
Attached is a summary prepared to assist NEW and VETERAN county educators as a club year is coming to a close.
The document highlights key topics found in the Volunteer Management System Manual, Club Management System Manual and Century III. The intent was to pull key information and provide a reference point for additional information.
Don't hesitate to call your district program specialist or me if you have questions or need assistance.
4-H and HughesNet want to hear why your 4-H'ers love science! Each 4-H'er who submits a 15-second video capturing the wonders of science will have the chance to win $1,000 and a trip to the 2014 National Youth Science Day in Washington, D.C!
A short webinar is available Wednesday May 28th at noon CDT that will explain all the details and how to best equip members to participate. The webinar will be recorded, and the recording will be sent out to all that sign up. Feel free to pass this on to volunteers and members that may be interested as well.
November 7-9, 2014, a multi-state conference will be held at the State 4-H Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. The multi-state educational conference 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 will be a great event to network with adults interested in growing youth, volunteers and the 4-H program. Sessions will be taught by experienced volunteers and Extension staff.
The conference will cost under $200 and will include meals, housing and programming costs. Please consider forming a team of volunteers to attend, sending volunteers as a form of recognition or participating for professional development/continuing education.
The conference is currently seeking workshops. Go to http://4h.okstate.edu/volunteer-development to download the workshop proposal. Proposals are due July 18.
There will be a 4-H PetPALS training Saturday, June 7th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., at the McClain County Extension Office in Purcell. Master 4-H PetPALS Volunteer Training is for adult 4-H volunteers who desire to lead 4-H PetPALS clubs and teach youth who are interested in becoming 4-H PetPALS. 4-H PetPALS is an intergenerational program linking youth and their pets with senior adults. Master 4-H Volunteer Leaders teach youth the skills needed to interact with residents in healthcare facilities, such as assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, enhancing intergenerational relationships. 4-H members learn to select, socialize, and train their pets to participate as youth-pet teams in animal-assisted activities. Youth and their pets, accompanied by adult volunteers, visit senior healthcare facilities.
To register for Master PetPALS training contact Steve Beck at (405) 744-8886 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Curriculum and supplies are being funded through the Oklahoma 4-H Companion Animal Project. Lunch will be on your own.
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.