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,
Below are the top 10 words of wisdom for new 4-H leaders from experienced leaders.
- Be positive with what you say and do. Whether in words or in body language, you can signal loud and clear that you are glad to be part of the club. A smile and kind words will go far in building a relationship with your 4-H'ers.
- Do not get discouraged; it will all work out. Not every activity will be a hit or every meeting a success. Just try again in a different way.
- Have some "just fun" meetings. Make elephant ears, blow bubbles, throw water balloons, play charades or have a board game tournament night. Building relationships and trust in each other will strengthen the club.
- Read and discuss the county 4-H newsletter.
- Resources are available at your OSU Extension Office, or check out the county and state 4-H websites.
- Talk to other leaders in your project area. Ask your county 4-H educator for a mentor to advise you.
- Attend another 4-H club's meeting to see what they do. Look for different ways of learning and interacting with the club. Take notes, and try a new activity each meeting.
- Go to a county, district or state workshop or training. Take a trip to the OSU campus.
- Do not try to do too much. Rely on your teen members and parents to support your efforts.
- Finally, remember why you are doing this. Together we can "Make the Best Better." Children are 25 percent of our population, but 100 percent of our future.
To every educator, volunteer, parent, support staff professional and 4-H member, we say "Thank You" for your commitment and dedication to Oklahoma 4-H!
State 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director, OCES
Plans are underway for the 95th State 4-H Roundup. It will be held on the OSU, Stillwater, campus July 27-29, 2016, with an optional "County Night Out" on July 26. The 4-H State Council has chosen the theme "Light Your Torch of Leadership." Materials are being posted to the state 4-H website as available and will be finalized by the end of April. The deadline for registration materials to arrive in Ag Conferences is June 15.
We will be housed in traditional housing (Drummond and Wentz) and in the Suites. A couple things to highlight again this year:
- Only 400 persons will be housed in the Suites. Assignment to the Suites will be made as complete county registration materials are submitted. If you want in the Suites, make sure to get your registration in early!
- Reservations for County Night Out must be made with your Roundup Registration.
- The cost for Roundup will be $118 for Drummond/Wentz and $135 for the Suites. County Night Out is $21 for Drummond/Wentz and $29.50 for the Suites.
Watch for updates on the state 4-H website or contact Tracy Beck at 405-744-8891.
Do you know a youth who is interested in entomology? Here is an opportunity for them to explore entomology as a career!
The Oklahoma State University Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology would like to announce an Open House recruitment event, Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Insect Adventure, 3003 W. Virginia, Stillwater. Students, 13 and older, and their families will have a chance to meet entomologists and entomology students, talk with academic advisors, and tour the department labs. Discussion will focus on Entomology courses at OSU, careers in entomology and scholarship availability. Lunch will be provided and the Insect Petting Zoo will be on-hand. Please contact Pam Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register for this exciting event.
As students majoring in Entomology, youth will be able to choose from a variety of degree options. Based on the option they choose, they will take courses related to insect classification, biology, biotechnology, medical/veterinary entomology, integrated pest management, bioforensics of plant and animal systems, plant pathology, and much more. They will also have many opportunities to get involved in activities outside the classroom. For example, many students participate in clubs and contests to further their learning and meet new friends. Many students also take advantage of numerous work opportunities, which is another great way to apply classroom knowledge and develop relationships.
Whether students enjoy working in the field or the laboratory, if they are interested in learning about the systems that fulfills society's most basic needs, our department is the place! Students can learn more about the department by visiting www.entoplp.okstate.edu. There they will find information related to scholarships, courses, and newsworthy events within the department. Don’t forget to browse the “Future Students” section for information about applying to OSU.
The 2016 STEM Institute will be held on the OSU Stillwater campus June 14-15. This year's training will give participants their choice between two educational tracts, Lego Robotics or Digital Media.
$50 person will cover workshop supplies, four meals and snacks.
$85 per person to stay in the OSU suites, which is optional.
The training will begin at 10 am, June 14, and conclude at 3:30 pm, June 15, with approximately 12 hours of educational programming in between. The Robotics group will wrap up by working as a team to tackle Robotic challenges. The Digital Media group will end their program by reviewing videos and photo stories they have created during the training.
This should be a terrific experience for any group of 4-H members. The goal of this will be for the teams to return home and develop robotic and digital media clubs.
OK-4H AgSummit 2050
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Oklahoma State University
July 12-14, 2016
The Oklahoma 4-H AgSummit is a new event designed to teach youth about emerging agricultural issues we will be facing as a society in 2050.
Program Fee is $80 for three days and two nights on campus. (This fee is subsidized by the 4-H Farm Bureau Professorship.) Conference participation will be limited to 80 youth and 20 adults. Chaperones will be required for each group attending.
Registration is due June 15, 2016. We are still securing departmental workshops. Currently we have workshops in
- Biosystems and Ag Engineering
- Animal Science/Food Safety/FAPC
- Entomology/ NIMFFAB
- Oklahoma Water Resources Institute
I expect more over the next week to finalize the program and give your participants workshop choices.
- Introduce 4-H youth to the agricultural challenge of feeding the world in 2050.
- Enhance 4-H youths’ understanding of the College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, its scope, purpose, and mission.
- Challenge 4-H youth to join CASNR and personally address these future issues.
- Task participants to return to their home communities and share this information with decision-makers or local agricultural boards in order to advance their citizenship skills.
"Considering that by 2050 the global population will exceed 9 billion people, the question we need to address is, "In the context of changing climate and diminishing land and water resources, are we prepared to feed, clothe, and shelter everyone on Earth without wreaking havoc on the environment?" It has been estimated that we will need to increase food production from anywhere between 50 and 70 percent or even double food production from today (October, 2014.)”
Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Teams of youth and adults will attend a three-day conference held within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural resources (CASNR) at Oklahoma State University. These teams will learn about the future of agriculture and the issues each academic department is addressing in order to develop students and research which will be used to provide an adequate food supply for future generations.
The participants will also learn how to apply for college, admission requirements, and scholarship opportunities. While on campus the participants will get a taste of college life by staying in the dorms, dining in the student union, visiting the Colvin Center, and touring campus and departmental facilities.
The education of this program will come from personal interactions with CASNR departmental faculty and graduate students. Participating departments will offer participants three hours of educational programming teaching youth how they are addressing emerging issues related to future food security. Members will participate in three CASNR departments or interdisciplinary programs and learn about current research and innovation from their selected academic departments.
Upon returning home, the teams of youth and adults who participate from each county will be expected to make a 15-minute presentation to local stakeholders or an agricultural board (such as Farm Bureau.) During their presentation time, the 4-H youth will educate the board on emerging agricultural issues related to future food security, current research, and possible solutions.
Day 1, July 12 9 am Registration and Dorm Check in 10 am Welcome, Overview and Introductions Noon Lunch 2-5 pm First Departmental Program (Pre-Assigned) 5 pm Adjourn 7 pm Dinner 8 pm Colvin Pool 10 pm Dorms 10:30 pm Group meetings for reflection time 11 pm
Day 2, July 13 8:30 am
9 am to noon Second Departmental Program Noon Lunch 1-4 pm Third Departmental Program 4 pm Workshop: Hunger Games 5 pm Adjourn for the Day: Dinner and evening activities on your own 10:30 pm Group meetings for reflection time 11 pm Lights out Day 3, July 14 8:30 am Breakfast 9 am Assembly: Presenting to Boards and Decision-Makers, CASNR Recruitment 10 am Break into local teams for presentation planning and brainstorming 11 am Team reports: Highlights and Back-Home Plan, Tentative Message from VP Coon: "Preparing for the Future" Noon Adjourn
Please contact Jeff Sallee if you have any questions.
The statewide 4-H Family Horse Camp will be May 28-30 in Carnegie. Registration is $80 and includes all meals. Activities include leather tooling, horse care, primitive camping and, of course, trail riding. For more information see:
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.