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,
By the time you receive this issue of Focus on Youth the Oklahoma State Fair will be over, Tulsa State Fair will be in full swing, and another fall season will be upon us!
I encourage Oklahoma 4-H youth to join more than 6 million young people across the country in celebration of National 4-H Week scheduled for October 5-11. This is a great opportunity to showcase the great things that 4-H offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H youth in your community who work each day to make a positive impact on the community.
Not only can we say participation in 4-H has a positive impact on young people, we have research that backs us up! Findings from a Tufts University study indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are:
- 4x more likely to contribute to their communities
- 2x more likely to be civically active
- 2x more likely to make healthier choices, and
- 2x more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.
A promotional toolkit, which has been developed to help your county celebrate National 4-H Week, can be found at http://www.4-h.org/Content/Resource-Library/Promotional-Toolkits/Toolkits/2014-National-4-H-Week-Toolkit/
Also during October we hope your 4-H members will join youth from all around the state and nation as they participate in the 4-H National Youth Science Day, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. During this year's National Science Experiment, Rockets to the Rescue, youth will design and build an aerodynamic food transportation device that can deliver a payload of nutritious food to fictitious disaster victims. By participating in this experiment youth will learn engineering concepts, develop math skills, learn about nutrition and help solve a relevant, global issue. I know Jeff has been working hard to get kits to all counties who requested them, and we look forward to hearing back from you on your local Science Day activities! To learn more about National Youth Science Day, please visit http://www.4-h.org/nysd/.
As always thank you for all you do for the youth of Oklahoma!
State 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director, OCES
Registration information for the 4-H Denver Western Roundup Conference can be found on the 4-H webpage at http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/denver-western-4-h-roundup
The upcoming conference is January 7-11, 2015. Forms and payment are due in the state 4-H office by November 3, 2015. Note: Ski forms (if the ski tour is selected) will be mailed to delegates when we receive them from the conference site, probably late November/early December.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Tracy Beck at 405-744-8891.
Save the Date: Oklahoma 4-H Bright Night at the Science Museum
February 20-21, 2015
Cost: $35 per person
Includes the Dome Show, Planetarium, Science Live show, Science Activity Tables and fun filled evening exploring the Science Museum
Theme: Hunger Games
Hunger Games: It's the 75th annual Hunger Games! You know what that means. It's time for the Quarter Quell. Do you have what it takes to survive in the Hunger Games? In this action packed Bright Night, we will show you the science of Survival.
Registration Due February 1, 2015
More Information Coming Soon.
- Individual (member and parents) transferring into a new county will complete an enrollment card. The term "individual" can mean 4-H member and/or certified 4-H volunteer.
- Transfer within the District - The county will send an electronic copy of the new enrollment card to the district office. Note in the cover text of the email that the 4-H member is transferring from ___ County to ____ County. Example: Samantha Morris is transferring from McClain to Grady County. Grady County will send an electronic copy of S. Morris' enrollment card to the SW district office.
- Transfer outside of the District - The county will send an electronic copy of the enrollment card to the state office. Note in the cover text of the email that the 4-H member is transferring from ___ County to ____ County. Example: Samantha Morris is transferring from Ellis to Grady County.
- District/State makes the change and notifies both counties that the switch has occurred.
Reminder, the Volunteer Re-Enrollment Card and the New Volunteer Application were revised last year. Both forms are posted at http://4h.okstate.edu/educators/volunteer-management-system-1/volunteer-enrollment-and-application-forms. The new forms will be less paperwork, and the format complements ACCESS 4-H data entry.
Pages 18-21 of the 2013 VMS manual was revised to reflect new procedures for re-enrolling volunteers and accepting applications for new volunteers. The pages can be downloaded at http://4h.okstate.edu/educators/volunteer-management-system-1/staff-manual.
- Volunteer Re-Enrollment Card - completed annually by certified volunteers who met their renewal requirements.
- New Volunteer Application used only with someone applying to be a certified volunteer for the first time.
For a refresher on entering volunteer enrollment or recording certification please visit http://4h.okstate.edu/educators/access-4-h-enrollment/people-tab.
A new Grab-n-Go ACCESS-2014-204 has been added to the resources - http://4h.okstate.edu/educators/access-4-h-enrollment/people-tab/volunteer-enrollment/view. This is a set of instructions for entering new and returning certified volunteer. Caution: There is a different process used to enter an individual who is already in the system as a parent/associate/other. The protocol for promoting a parent to volunteer is explained.
November 7-9, 2014, a multi-state conference will be held at the state 4-H Center in Little Rock AR. Please consider 1) sending a team of volunteers and/or staff, 2) sending a volunteer as a form of recognition or 3) participating for professional development/continuing education.
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 to network with adults interested in growing youth, volunteers and the 4-H program.
Sessions will be taught by experienced volunteers and Extension staff. Go to http://www.uaex.edu/4h-youth/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-training.aspx to get additional information. Conference flyer attached.
As part of the conference volunteers and Extension educators will have the opportunity to be certified to teach the "Yoga for Kids" program at a onetime only price of $40. This will be an all-day program offered on Saturday.
The conference is currently seeking proposals for Fun Shops which will be conducted in the evenings. The proposal can be downloaded at http://4h.okstate.edu/volunteer-development under the heading "Conferences."
Registration cost is as low as $175 and includes meals, housing and programming. Registration and payment are due on or before October 17, 2014. All registration will be done online by the individual. Go to www.regonline.com/VolunteerU.
Transportation will be the responsibility of the participant. We encourage carpooling/shared travel to and from the conference and will assist in connecting people/counties.
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.