Focus on Youth
News for OCES staff and volunteers working with youth.
4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.
Dear Educators and Volunteers,
Below is a portion of a story in Successful Farming by Iowa 4-H alumnus Alicia Schmitt.
These are the 10 things 4-H taught me that no sport could
10. Record keeping - Yes, least favorite but it's come in handy during tax time. End of story.
9. A passion for working with my hands - There really is nothing better than growing a garden and seeing the fruits of your labor at the end of the season. I learned how to preserve fruits and vegetables that I can enjoy all year long. (I made 200 jars of jam to hand out as wedding favors. Yes, this wouldn't have happened had I not been in 4-H.)
8. Being a caretaker - We need animals, and animals need us. All animals serve different purposes; it is up to us to be good stewards and to appreciate the things God has given us.
7. Noncompetitive friendships - Solving problems together, working on a community service project, and reaching goals with friends is so much for fun and interesting. I will never forget the people in my club and councils; they are all people that helped shape me.
6. Following things through to completion - Seeing projects through to completion and knowing what you learned while working on a project is everything when you are sitting in front of a judge.
5. STEM Education (science, engineering, and technology) - 4-H has helped me as a person accept change and our ever-evolving world of technology. These are all important to help propel us into the 21st century.
4. A passion for making old things new - And knowing how to do it, the right way.
3. Resiliency - I learned that what we do does not define who we are, what defines us is how we rise after falling. I learned this through working and showing calves for nine months each year: Sometimes the calves may not make weight or have diseases that set you back.
2. Leadership in real-world situations - You won't always lead a basketball team as an adult, but you will lead teams overcoming everyday problems and working together. This is where good social communication comes into play.
1. Excellent communication skills - I would NOT be the person I am today, nor would I have accomplished all that I have without my 4-H background. Working with people and through problems are my life's blood, and I wouldn't be able to accomplish these tasks without those skills in my back pocket.
The full article can be accessed at http://www.agriculture.com/family/women-in-agriculture/10-things-4h-taught-me-that-spts_338-ar50597
To every educator, volunteer, parent, support staff, professional and 4-H member, I am GRATEFUL for you!!
State 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director, OCES
The Oklahoma Purebred Dairy Association is seeking applicants for the Oklahoma Dairy Ambassador Scholarship Program, sponsored by DairyMax and Southwest Dairy Farmers. 4-H members between the ages of 16 and 21 who are looking for scholarship opportunities and a chance to serve as an ambassador for the Oklahoma dairy industry should apply by July 10. More information here. Application packet here.
Please encourage 4-Her's to take advantage of this opportunity.
Over three-thousand youth are enrolled in one or more of the Communication and Expressive Arts project areas of
- Communication Arts: Graphics, Writing/poetry, Print, Story Telling, Film Making, Photography
- Expressive Arts: Visual Arts, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Crafts, leather, etc.
- Performing Arts: Dance, Drama, Theater, Clowning, Mime, Music
- Public Speaking
This is our fourth year to provide the "What Do You See?" opportunity to OK 4-H members. It's easy. Everything is electronically submitted - application, narrative, pictures of the art, recording of the music, etc. Exhibits can be submitted at any time during the year to be posted on the national WordPress site. Exhibits submitted by June 1, when possible, will be showcased at the State 4-H Parent-Volunteer Conference, State 4-H Roundup and other possible venues.
A copy of the criteria, application and past exhibits can be viewed at http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/state-events-activities/what-do-you-see. In February, a 4HOnline broadcast email went to families who had youth enrolled in Communication and Expressive Arts, Photography and other related projects.
What is taught through 4-H project work with a foundation in the arts?
Through 4-H project work, our goal is to assist youth in learning technical skills, nurturing creativity and encouraging personal self-expression. Just as important, is helping members understand the process of “evaluating” the arts, from both a technical as well as a subjective perspective.
Through the arts, youth learn life skills: critical thinking, learning to learn, stress management, self-discipline, self-motivation, marketable skills, accepting differences and communication. Through their project work we encourage them to think creatively and critically, to observe and interpret their surroundings, and to become comfortable with expressing thoughts and/or emotions through writing, music, dance, photography, performances, graphics, sculpture and many other visual media.
A national 4-H Interpretive Web Exhibition has been developed to showcase “What Do You See” projects. It is open for public viewing on WordPress https://4hwhatdoyousee.wordpress.com/.
Calling all Oklahoma 4-H alumni! We need our 4-H alums to raise their hand for 4-H by checking in as a 4-H alum in Oklahoma. Follow the link below to help Oklahoma 4-H win up to a $20,000 award from the National 4-H Council!
The Oklahoma 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Oklahoma 4-H Foundation Dr. Ron and Linda Sholar Essay Contest. Ron and Linda Sholar are sponsoring this annual writing contest for Oklahoma 4-H members age 13 and older as of January 1, 2017. Please see the attached rules and entry form.
In the January 2017 and March 2017 editions of Focus on Youth, the "Under Our Wings" program was introduced. Since that time, a volunteer has been named as the Oklahoma Under Our Wings youth program coordinator, Sarah Wheatley of Stillwater, OK.
Sarah has been working closely with the state 4-H office conducting programs at the State Parent-Volunteer Conference, State 4-H Roundup and will be doing programming at the Oklahoma State Fair.
For those attending national association meetings - Quilts of Valor will be exhibiting and highlighted at NEAFCS and NAE4HA meetings in October and November.
Resources for Youth Programming:
- 4-H Quilting Curriculum: http://4h.unl.edu/4hcurriculum/fiber-arts
- Recorded programming in the textile arts: http://www.quiltingdaily.com/, http://www.fonsandporter.com/ or http://video.wpt.org/show/sewing-nancy/.
Enrollment - Finalizing 2016-17 Data Entry
Deadline 5 pm August 14th
All youth and adult enrollment must be entered and "Active" before August 15th. The system will be taken off-line on August 15th for annual updates and will not be active again until September 1 when the new program year begins.
- DO NOT archive duplicate families or individual enrollment records. They MUST be Merged.
- "Active" for youth enrollment means a Transfer has been processed by Stillwater.
- "Active" for a volunteer means the county has completed the enrollment process and accepted the enrollment.
- Club Charter Status - Changes must be in the system before September 1. Notify the state office to make changes.
What must be in the data management system by 5 pm on August 14th?
- Youth Paper Enrollment - Data Entered and Transfer Completed
- Youth Pending Level 1 - Enrollment Accepted and Transfer Completed
- Adult Re-Enrollment - Enrollment Accepted and Annual Training Recorded
- Adult NEW Enrollment - Screening Completed; Training Recorded; and Enrollment Accepted
- Group Enrollment - School Enrichment, Camp, Day Camp(s), Workshops, After-School Programing, Junior Master Gardeners, etc.
The following Help Sheets and recorded sessions may be of assistance in finalizing enrollment and data entry.
- Enrollment - Youth and Adult http://4h.okstate.edu/for-educators/4honline-enrollment-and-event-registration/enrollment-youth-and-adult
- Fees - 4-H Program Fee Management http://4h.okstate.edu/for-educators/4honline-enrollment-and-event-registration/fees-4-h-program-fee-management
- Groups and Group Enrollment http://4h.okstate.edu/for-educators/4honline-enrollment-and-event-registration/groups-and-group-enrollment
- Record Management (entering Training) http://4h.okstate.edu/for-educators/4honline-enrollment-and-event-registration/project-management-1
Recorded Training and Review Sessions
- January 26, 2017 - Review of 4-H Program Fee Transfer (51 minutes in Adobe Connect) Handouts Index of topics
- February 9, 2017 - Adding OCES Staff as Contacts and Review of How to Record Training (39 minutes in Adobe Connect) Handouts Index of topics
- March 23, 2017 - Review: Approving NEW Adult and Teen Volunteer Applicant/Enrollment (46 minutes in Adobe Connect) Handouts Index of topics
- April 6, 2017 - Review: Group Enrollment (1hour in Adobe Connect) Handouts
For more thorough instructions of spring review sessions, go to the 2016 Recordings of Trainings held July-November.
Charter - Renewing Club Charter
Process for annually renewing a club charter. For additional information on this topic see Chapters 2 and 3 of the Club Management System Manual http://4h.okstate.edu/for-educators/club-management-system/4HClubManagementGuide_Nov2014_revised.pdf.
Club Charter Renewal Checklist (5/2015) - Completed annually by Extension educator and club leadership. The renewal document is to be completed and uploaded to 4HOnline no later than August 31 each year. All documents for the 2015-16 4-H year are archived at midnight on August 31.
- Club Charter Renewal Certificate (2015)
- PDF version
- Sample Letters
- Annual Club Self-Evaluation - Form can be completed by the club if the county does not have some other form of "end of year" evaluation in place for club self-assessment.
4HOnline Recording of a Th@3 webinar - May 18, 2017 - Club Management: Volunteers and Club Records (48 minutes Adobe Connect) Handout
Details on uploading club documents to 4HOnline can be found at http://4h.okstate.edu/for-educators/4honline-enrollment-and-event-registration/club-management
4HOnline Club Management
- Chartered Clubs - Managing club records in 4HOnline, including definitions of club status.(11/28/2016)
For additional information referred to in the 4HOnline instruction sheets on this page follow the links below.
Sign up for National 4-H newsletters to stay connected with what's happening in 4-H. Get information about national youth events, programs and contests, read stories of youth impact, check out the latest curriculum, and buy 4-H apparel and club supplies. http://4-h.org/newsletters/#!features-panel-1
All webinars take place at 1 pm CST
September 12, 2017 - What's happening around the world? (global citizenship)
By Chesley Davis, CEC 4-H Agent, University of Georgia
Extension educators and youth from around the world met in Ottawa, Canada in July at the 4-H Global Summit. Speakers and workshop presenters came from across the US and Canada as well as Finland, Scotland, Ghana, Nigeria, Jamaica, and Pakistan. Each day focused on a specific topic: 1) Community engagement and communications; 2) science and technology; 3) sustainable ag and food security; 4) the environment and healthy living. Learn much more about this event and about how you can get involved in future global 4-H summits.
November 7, 2017 - Put kids and politicians in the same room and watch what happens: State and local government youth development programs (domestic citizenship)
By Darren Bagley, Extension Educator, Michigan State University
You will hear about three citizenship programs in Michigan:
Citizenship Academy - In most K-12 educational programs, youth learn a great deal about federal government, a small bit about state government, and very little about local or tribal government. Citizenship Academy teaches young people about county and/or tribal governments. We connect high school-age students with county and/or tribal leaders. Activities include touring and meeting with department leaders, locally elected officials. Then, the youth go through an issues identification process and present their recommendations to the elected officials.
Youth Conservation Council - A statewide group of young people select an environmental topic and present it to a state senate committee. The entire process is driven by the youth. Youth select the topic, run the meetings, gather the research, write the paper, and perform the presentation. The work of these young people has changed the laws of the state.
Capitol Experience - Youth learn about state government. They are divided into issues groups, roughly correlating to state committees and then the youth visit state agencies, lobbyists, legislative aides, and community organizations related to their topic.
The National 4-H Volunteer e-forum will incorporate the knowledge, experiences and resources of the national 4-H system to offer consistent, in-depth, relevant training for 4-H volunteers across the country. A webpage has been set up for Oklahoma Extension Educators.
The primary audience for the e-Forum is 4-H Volunteers who serve in a variety of roles such as club organizational leaders, project/subject leaders, committee members, and advisory boards. Youth volunteers are also welcome to attend the e-Forum programs. A secondary audience is 4-H Extension Professionals.
Three e-Forum sessions will be held the fall of 2017. Each session will begin at 6:00 p.m. (Central time) and will conclude by 7:30 p.m. It is recommended that each site invite participants to arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the session.
2017 Topics and Schedule
October 5, 2017 - 6:00-7:30 PM (CT) - Cultivating an Environment for Growing True Leaders
Creating an environment where 4-H members feel safe as they grow and develop leadership skills means having volunteers who understand the basics of positive youth development. This session will feature ideas and activities that help foster life skill development by focusing on strategies for more effective club interactions. Participants will learn about the Essential Elements of 4-H and the 5 C's of positive youth development, so join us to set the stage for more successful club meetings!
November 2, 2017 - 6:00-7:30 PM (CT) - "STEM"ming into Animal Science, Growing True Leaders
Build on the roots of 4-H as we STEM our way into agriculture and animal science for experienced and new 4-H'ers. Gain resources to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) leaders through traditional animal sciences project areas in communities. Volunteers will gain ideas for planning and organizing fun, educational sessions for youth.
December 7, 2017 - 6:00-7:30 PM (CT) - Helping 4-H'ers Grow in Life and Work
In 4-H, all youth can explore their future. Club meetings, events, camps, and after-school programs are places to develop life skills and expand their interests through 4-H. During this session volunteers will share ideas, receive resources, and see a variety of successful programs that help youth focus on lifelong learning, workforce readiness, and career exploration. Caring adults can help all young people make decisions and create their own positive future.
All Aboard! 4-H Volunteers STEAMING Ahead!
Join volunteers from across the Southern Region for the annual Volunteer Conference. Program kicks off Thursday, September 28, and closes with breakfast Sunday, October 1. Over 20 workshop choices and educational sessions will be available.
Early bird registration is open through August 1. Registration is $295 and includes all meals from dinner Thursday through breakfast Sunday, onsite lodging, as well as all conference events. Register now and secure your spot for a great experience. Registration is online at https://secure.georgia4h.org/event/publicregistration/insertrecord.cfm?uuid=F74DC775-864E-413C-902D-AA8F9BF758B5
Theme: 4-H Volunteers: Let the Good Times Grow
Registration with workshops are posted at http://4h.okstate.edu/parents-volunteers/conferences . The conference will be publicized directly to families through the 4HOnline system. Please assist with distributing the materials to families who do not have an email address.
Registration is $50.
The 2017 State Parent-Volunteer Conference will be held June 24th in Stillwater. Conference objectives are:
- Sow Inspiration - All Youth Need to BELONG - Creating environments where members are provided opportunities for relationships and to know they are cared about by others. Youth who experience Belonging, tend to be trusting and friendly people.
- Feed Creativity - All Youth Need to Experience MASTERY - Creating opportunities for meaningful accomplishments where youth develop skills and confidence. Youth with productive opportunities to experience Mastery tend to become problem-solvers who are motivated and achievement-oriented.
- Cultivate Integrity - All Youth Need to Practice Helping Others Through GENEROSITY - Creating opportunities to develop individual moral strength, learning to put the needs of others first and experience being needed. Youth who experience Generosity become caring and empathetic people.
- Grow Communication - Creating opportunities to exchange thoughts, information or messages between individuals; sending and receiving information using speech, writing, gestures and artistic expression.
- Harvest Confidence - All Youth Need to Experience INDEPENDENCE - Creating opportunities to be able to influence people and events and face consequences. Youth who experience opportunities to be Independent become confident and self-disciplined individuals, as well as capable leaders.
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.