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,
Oklahoma's 93rd Roundup is in the books, which can only mean one thing - IT'S FAIR TIME!
Reminiscing about county fair time, I am reminded of the excitement in the eyes of 4-H youth as they entered their small exhibits or showed livestock. And the pride they had as they received their ribbons! Thinking back, it was also during fair time that it was easy to lose focus that 4-H is so much more than projects and awards! Yes, these are important to the success of our program, but as youth development professionals I hope the following reminds us of the importance of the 4-H Club experience in the development of life skills.
The club at its best creates a society of personalities with a community sense, which is the essence of good citizenship...We are not concerned with the making of 'good club members' or 'well-organized youth groups,' but with a much wider issue, the making of good citizens. This can only be done in a society where each member is important, where each one is given a chance to contribute something to the life of the group - the leader no more and no less than the member. It is for this reason that self-government is so important in club work.
Clubs are so vital because they are the ultimate in experiential learning for young people, giving them the leadership and power to make their own decisions and watch how those decisions effect their life and the lives of others!
These quotes are from an article written by Chloe Crocker, Tulsa County 4-H alumnus. The full article can be accessed at http://thefoundationfortomorrow.org/the-importance-of-clubs/
As we move through our 4-H year, please take time to reflect on all the great things you do. All too often you do not hear how much your hard work and dedication is appreciated. Thank You for all that you do to help improve the lives of Oklahoma youth!
See you at the Fair!
State 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director, OCES
okPORK is excited to announce their canned food drive, one of okPORK's projects during National Pork Month. With all the cans collected, they will construct a large pig to be displayed in Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City the week of October 13-19, 2014. To construct the pig they need Hunts tomato sauce (8 oz) cans, Del Monte french cut green beans (15 oz) cans and Del Monte leaf spinach (15 oz) cans. They do not discourage other types of canned food, but the only cans that will be counted for the competition will be the Hunts tomato sauce, Del Monte french cut beans and Del Monte leaf spinach. Any additional cans will be included in the final donation count to the Regional Food Bank and as a part of the Governor's Feeding Oklahoma Food Drive in October.
The team that wins the contest will win a banquet dinner (or equivalent) for first place. Second place will receive 50 pork burgers.
Here is an example of the finished Canstruction Pig.
- Return Canstruction Participation Form by August 15, 2014.
- A can count emailed to email@example.com entitled Canstruction count and name of chapter or group, by September 15, 2014.
- Can pickup/drop-off deadline is October 1, 2014.
- The pig will be on display in Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City and volunteers will be needed to interact with the public from October 13 -19, 2014.
For more information about how your club or county can participate in this project, contact Kristin Alsup at 405-232-3781 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristin Alsup, Oklahoma Pork Council
As a new year begins we choose to wear our colors proudly and want to show our membership in 4-H. Use of the 4-H name and emblem is strictly guarded and there are A LOT of rules. If you have not reviewed the guidelines lately please check out the following link http://www.nifa.usda.gov/nea/family/res/youthdev_res_name_emblem.html
CSRESS has on line Training Resource - A series of 10 minutes self-study courses related to the 4-H professional’s roles and responsibilities regarding the 4-H Name and Emblem is available free of charge on eXtension.
No one is exempt from the guidelines there are no reasons that the guidelines should not be known and followed. Please be sure you and your club leaders review the guidelines and share them with anyone printing or embroidering items with the name and emblem.
Inside this issue -
During World War II, 40 US Liberty (cargo) ships were named by 4-H members who raised money through war bonds to commission the ships and stock them with food and supplies for our troops. Two ships were named after which Congressmen who had a significant impact on 4-H and Extension? Answer inside. Do you know if your state named a liberty ship or ships? If so, whose name did they carry? Let us know at: Info@4-HHistoryPreservation.com.
All too often in history, sadly, 4-H was portrayed as only a "white kids' activity;" indeed, Extension struggled to make the program relevant to all ethnic groups. Programs for Native American 4-H'ers have, in many ways, served as models to tailor programming to fit cultural realities. The 1943 Oklahoma Native American story here documents such a success.
The 2014 FilmFest 4-H featured five youth developed films about 4-H History. Was your state represented this year? Read about some of the neat film-related workshops conducted this time.
You'll note two articles above written by state/local Extension staff. We want to receive more! Tell us how you use the resources we represent, and let us know your local stories. You are, after all, the history of 4-H!
Bulk re-enrollment in ACCESS 4-H is NOT operational/or an option in Oklahoma.
Both 4-H members and volunteers must be re-enrolled annually and you must have an enrollment card with all appropriate signatures. We want the office to review each record with the new enrollment card to be sure information is correct.
No one should enroll any child in 4-H other than the parent/guardian, that includes a club leader filling out an enrollment card or the county office advancing a child's enrollment in the system without having an enrollment card on file. Cards must have parent/guardian signatures.
All youth should be enrolled in at least one project. If one is not marked on the enrollment card the club leader or extension office needs to follow-up with the family. On the flip side we are encouraging youth to limit enrollment to 5 projects. Five projects which they will spend quality time.
4-H Program and/or People Records - Oklahoma has traditionally recognized the county fair as the end of the project year. This meaning that items entered in the fair are the culmination of all project work done during the previous year. With that said, record participation in 2014 county and state fairs as part of the your 2014 records in ACCESS 4-H.
If you have questions or need a refresher go to http://4h.okstate.edu/educators/access-4-h-enrollment. All of the references are organized by Tabs. The "People Tab" will include enrollment details.
Club leaders and educators have been inquiring about where to find information about the policy. The link is now posted on our website. http://4h.okstate.edu/educators/risk-management-resources-and-tools and http://4h.okstate.edu/volunteer-development.
The national eXtension.org Companion Animal Community of Practice has put together a contest to provide youth the opportunity to win an iPod mini and receive national recognition. This is a great opportunity for 4-H members to show off their video and/or photo skills as well as demonstrate their knowledge and appreciation of your pets. All participants who meet the minimum requirements will have their names included in the drawing for the ipod, regardless of how they place in the overall contest.
For more information log on to
http://www.extension.org/pages/71127/4-h-companion-animal-photo-and-video-contest#.U-vGKWNoF3E or download the informational flier here.
Your help is requested! Kyle Worthington, Oklahoma County 4-H Educator, shared the following message from one of his former 4-H members who excelled in the 4-H citizenship project and who is now a student at UCO. 4-H Alumna, Jenny Thibodeau works for a local non-profit called The Maisha Project, where they partner with a school in Kenya to work with orphans and vulnerable children.
This year they are sending Christmas Boxes to Kenyan kids. They have 500 boxes that still need to be filled by September 7th so that they can be shipped and arrive in Kenya by Christmas. Jenny was wondering if any local 4-H groups could help fill boxes. She would love to speak at club meetings or at a county event. Ideas for how 4-H groups might help include: individual members filling boxes or a group project where everyone brings a different item and money for shipping and then members stuff boxes. For project information contact: Jenny Thibodeau Child Sponsorship Coordinator, The Maisha Project
Tel: 405.445.3440 | Mobile: 405.923.7499
The following was sent to county educators and 4-H families the week of August 1. The Q & A document can be found at: http://4h.okstate.edu/literature-links/ok-4-h-literature-online-1/family-consumer-science/fabric/2014-project-changes/F%20-%20F%20Q%20and%20A%20to%20counties_revised.pdf/view
Attached you will find a Q & A document regarding Fabrics and Fashions (F & F) fair exhibits. The document was developed by the F & F committee based upon questions that we have received to date. Please note that we realize some fairs are already over, some are currently going on and some are just around the corner. We hope this document will answer questions that might have come up in your county and help members prepare to exhibit their entries at the state fair. The most important piece to remember is that this is a transitional year in the F & F project, and the committee wants this to be a positive learning experience for all youth involved. This year will require a learning curve and flexibility on everyone's part, but we sincerely believe we are moving in the right direction. At the conclusion of the state fairs the committee will again reflect on questions and issues raised as we move into year two of the Fabrics and Fashions transition.
The skill mastery sheets for Interior Design and Construction and Hobbies/Textiles and Construction will not be ready for the 2014 fair. Please use the Apparel Design and Construction sheets, as any exhibit in Fabric and Fashions should have at least two techniques from the ADC skill sheet.
Are you looking for a fun hands-on healthy-eating and active living curriculum? Check out Cornell University's Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness (CHFFF) and related program Choose Health Action Teens (CHAT) in which teens help teach the curriculum to younger youth.
CHFFF youth curriculum is six hands-on, interactive healthy eating and active living lessons for 8- to 12-year-olds. The newly-developed curriculum uses experiential learning to teach healthy eating and active play, targeting behaviors research shows to be most important for preventing childhood obesity and chronic disease. Each lesson includes interactive nutrition activities, food preparation, active games, a goal-setting challenge, and a family newsletter. CHFFF supports the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA’s MyPlate, and uses a dialogue approach for more effective retention and application of information and skills. Lessons are scripted to clarify intended content and make them easy to lead. Evaluation of CHFFF is underway.
CHAT is a collaborative initiative of Cornell Cooperative Extension's 4-H Youth Development Program and Cornell's Division of Nutritional Sciences in which teens help teach the CHFFF curriculum to younger youth in after-school programs, summer camps, schools and other settings. Using the CHAT Facilitator Guide and detailed teen training modules, educators recruit teens and provide them with 12 hours of training, followed by ongoing mentoring and support. Initial evaluation shows that following their training and teaching experience, teens not only improve in leadership skills, but also change their own eating habits.
To access CHFFF and CHAT, including introductory webinars, visit https://fnec.cornell.edu/Our_Initiatives/Youth.cfm
The purpose of orientation is to empower your new hires/volunteers to transition smoothly and excell in their positions. The most common mistakes in new staff/volunteer orientation include errors of omission and poor planning. Orientation is one of the first experiences a new volunteers faces at our organization, so prepare thoroughly and thoughtfully to make a positive, helpful first impression. Consider these common orientation errors when preparing to welcome your next new hire:
- Shallow Substance: Focusing solely on "what" the employee (volunteer) will be doing, instead of "how" their role connects to your mission.
- Glossing Over the Good Stuff: Treating the orientation to the technical aspects of the job as a lightning round on a game show.
- Avoiding Atmosphere: Omitting discussion of workplace norms and culture.
- Lack of Direction: Clarifying daily duties without explaining their link to overarching performance goals and team objectives.
- All Work, No Play: Failing to incorporate social time or opportunities for new staff to interact.
- Unpreparedness: Inviting a new hire to a slapdash orientation that inspires doubt, rather than commitment.
- Forgotten Follow-Up: Failing to identify and address gaps in the orientation process.
To see the complete article in the July 2014 issue of Nonprofit Risk Management Center e-News go to http://www.nonprofitrisk.org/library/enews/2014/enews073014.html.
We love receiving applications for new clubs! As a reminder there is a protocol for submitting applications. Please review the outline at http://4h.okstate.edu/educators/club-mangement-1/starting-a-club. For more detailed information on the steps in starting a club, refer to pages 25-29 in the Club Management System Manual.
Friendly reminder, as of midnight on August 31, 2014, the ACCESS 4-H enrollment system will advance to the new 4-H year of 2015.
As of September 1, any enrollment or data entry for programming conducted September 1, 2013- August 31, 2014 will be date stamped for the 2015 reports. You will have to manually change the year back to 2014 so data will be reported to the correct ES237 report.
One of the projects of the State 4-H Volunteer Board this year was to provide guidance on helpful tools for club leaders. Two new resources are available:
"Welcome to the Family" - A PowerPoint presentation, with notes, for use by county educators, club leaders or volunteers. This is a simple orientation for new families/parents joining the 4-H family which briefly highlights the role of families, parents and project work. http://4h.okstate.edu/educators/club-mangement-1/club-leader-fall-orientation-meeting
"Tools of the Trade" - PowerPoint and teaching outline for county educators conducting back to school or beginning of the year meetings for club leaders. Content briefly reviews Positive Youth Development, Enrollment, Club Management, Managing Risk and highlights a variety of resources available for club leaders. http://4h.okstate.edu/educators/club-mangement-1/club-leader-fall-orientation-meeting
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.