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,
The State Fair of Oklahoma is upon us! What a great venue for youth to showcase what they have learned during the past 4-H year. However, before the kids arrive, there are individuals who put in countless hours to ensure the youth have a meaningful experience. During state fair judging day, I was once again reminded how truly fantastic these people are and how fortunate I am to work alongside them. Here is my attempt to describe what is special about Oklahoma 4-H educators and volunteers.
U ndeniably Unique
C an-Do Attitude
A mazing Ambassadors of 4-H
O ver the Top
V aluable to the Success of 4-H
R eady When Needed
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
Are you looking for an adventure and an opportunity to give back? The 2018 International Trip to Costa Rica slated for June 30-July 8 promises to be a jam-packed adventurous journey! 4-H members who will be 15 or older by June 30, 2018, are eligible to apply. Youth must be active 4-H members in good standing in their county and be able to participate in highly active excursions including kayaking, lots of walking, zip-lining, white water rafting and manual labor in a service project. Cost for youth is approximately $2800, and applications are being accepted now. Click here to access the website with the application and flyer. For more information, contact Cheryl Newberry.
The National Junior Master Gardener 4-H program has partnered with the WW1 Memorial Commission on a national service project for 4-H youth to be involved with building the WW1 Memorial. The Junior Master Gardener program is proud to promote this project because it ties to gardening!
Groups can make a donation of $64.99 and receive 60 poppy seed packets from the WW1 Memorial Commission. They can then sell the seeds to support their program. The recommended selling price is $2 per seed packet, which would generate $120. Basically the first dollar goes to fund the National WW1 memorial and the second dollar stays local for the 4-H club, school group, etc. to support their activities/programs.
We are promoting through all of our JMG groups and state partners, but this is open for any and all 4-H groups. It is a great opportunity for youth to learn more about WW1 while also being a part of a national service project. Many resources, learning experiences and details on how to participate in the poppy project can be found at the website below:
Groups can start now, but the big push is between Sept. 5 and October 20th. Representatives from 4 winning groups will be invited to experience an expense paid trip to the groundbreaking of the National WW1 Memorial in Washington DC in November.
The Oklahoma 4-H Foundation is excited to announce a new social media contest for Oklahoma counties! Generate awareness for the 4-H organization and promote your county 4-H program by sharing your county fair pictures on social media.
Participating is easy! Upload your county fair pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ShareYourCountyFair and tag @Oklahoma4h. Be sure to include your county name in the caption. The county with the most pictures posted on social media will win $1,500 for their county 4-H program. Click here for complete contest guidelines: http://okla.st/2uzgTF8
Attached is information for the 2017 three District Contests. Guidelines, dates and contact information are included in the brochure.
The Mariee C. Wallace and the Leadership Development and Citizen Engagement (LDCE) is an educational effort of two partnering organizations: Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) and Oklahoma Home and Community Education, Inc. (OHCE). 4-H programming qualifies for grants as high as $1000. 4-H programming can be adult volunteer development, youth leadership/citizenship development, community development/service, etc.
LDCE grants are to provide seed money for emerging leaders to develop and refine leadership skills through specific training or by working on a project of importance to the community, neighborhood or county. The proposed project or training must foster leadership development and citizen involvement.
Prior to proposal submission, applicants should carefully consider the following selection criteria:
- Significance of need for leadership development - this need should be clearly described in the proposal
- Evidence of how emerging leaders will increase and/or enhance their leadership skills
- Evidence of collaboration among individuals or groups (i.e., school, 4-H, volunteer, and/or professional groups)
- Projected impact of leadership training and/or project
It is vitally important that each project proposal clearly indicate how leaders will be developed and/or how community projects will increase citizen involvement in addressing local problems. For more information: https://humansciences.okstate.edu/fcs/ohce/resources.html
Date: November 18th
Time: 9-4 pm
Location: Cline Equine Center
Audience: high school aged youth interested in STEM and it’s application to horse management
What: This year we will discuss the science of behavior and the science of first aid and wound healing.
Cost: $40 which includes lunch, snacks and lab materials and manual
A promotional brochure is attached.
For more information visit OSUHorse.com
2017 State 4-H Judging Contest: Entomology, Crops, Horticulture, Consumer Decision Making, and 4-H Robotics
The State 4-H Judging Contest will be held Saturday, September 30th, on the campus of Oklahoma State University. There will be a $5.00 participant fee to cover the cost of awards and contest supplies. Medallions will be awarded to the top 3 teams and top 3 individuals in each contest. A minimum of 12 pre-registration participants are required for each contest to make.
9:30 am Judging 101 for all participants Track 5: 4-H Lego Robotics Team Competition 10 am-12 pm Track 1: Entomology Track 2: Horticulture Robot Build and Programming 12 pn-1:30 pm Lunch on your own 1pm-1:30 pm Judging 101 (repeated session for those not attending at 9:30 am Robotics Challenges 1:45-3:45 Track 3: Consumer Decision Making Track 4: Crops Challenges Continued Approximately 4 pm Awards Ceremony Awards Ceremony
Participants will have the opportunity to participate in either Track 1 or 2 during the morning and either Track 3 or 4 during the afternoon. Youth will not be able to compete in all four contests. Track 5 Robotics is a standalone contest for teams that will take the full day.
REGISTRATION: Registration must be postmarked on or before September 20th, 2017, and mailed to the State 4-H Office. Checks are to be made payable to 4-H Conferences. Registration forms were emailed on 8/9/17.
For the 75th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week during the first full week of October. Oklahoma 4-H challenges local clubs to celebrate National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences 4-H offers young people and highlighting the remarkable 4-H youth across the state.
This year's theme is #TrueLeaders. National 4-H Week will be a great opportunity to showcase the exceptional leaders in 4-H. Additionally, this is a week to recognize how 4-H has made leaders in our 4-H alumni. Share how 4-H has made #TrueLeaders in your communities by showcasing them on social media. Tag your posts with #TrueLeaders and #OK4H.
The National 4-H Council has provided all the resources clubs need to promote and celebrate National 4-H Week. From flyers and radio PSAs, to social media content and even a Snapchat filter, the National 4-H Week toolkit has everything you need to make this week a success. You must create an account on the website, but it is a quick and easy process. From there you will have access to all the marketing resources from National 4-H. 4-H Week Toolkit Website: http://4-h.org/professionals/marketing-resources/4-h-week-toolkit
4-H National Youth Science Day is the world's largest youth-led science experiment. Every year thousands of youth take part in the National Science Challenge focusing on important STEM topics and issues. This year's NYSD event will take place on October 4, 2017.
The 2017 event "Incredible Wearables" is a fun way for youth to build wearable fitness trackers.
For more information or to order a kit go to: http://4-h.org/parents/national-youth-science-day/
NYSD Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBL6jkBIii0
Register your event:
Youth guides and resources: http://4-h.org/parents/national-youth-science-day/#!guides-resources
Oklahoma 4-H will be taking delegates to the 2018 Western National Roundup in Denver, Colorado, on January 4-7, 2018. 4-H members must have passed their 14th birthday to be eligible to participate. Delegates are usually freshmen in high school and older. Counties often award this trip to 4-H members for their outstanding 4-H career. Details and registration will be going to the county OSU Extension centers in the near future.
4-H members will participate in social and educational program, experience and develop greater personal growth and experience and develop greater personal growth. Tours of the Denver area or a ski trip are part of the conference.
Save the Date: February 16-17, 2018
State Office Registration Deadline: January 30, 2018
More information coming soon!
The program fee guide has been updated. Please download the 2017 version.
As you plan your promotion of your 4-H program, don’t forget the marketing resources on our website. There you will find templates, promotional materials, graphics and more. Click here: http://4h.okstate.edu/literature-links/marketing-resources/marketing-resources
The NIFA webpage and all of the resources related to 4-H Name and Emblem have been updated.
- 4-H Professional's Handbook (The handbook is designed to assist 4-H professionals to understand the 4-H Name and Emblem federal regulations that must be adhered to and to assist them in executing their role as both an authorized user and the authorizing entity within their limited geographic area.)
- NEW Quick Reference Checklists for Key Regulations.
- Training Resource for 4-H Professionals (10 minute self-study)
- 4-H Charter Fact Sheet
Thursday’s at 3 pm will resume on October 12 and be conducted every other week. Information shared and reviewed is pertinent to all staff with 4HOnline privileges (county manager and admin).
Each webinar will be recorded for the convenience of your schedule and for future reference.
- October 12
- October 26
- November 9
- December 14
Adobe Connect http://dasnr.adobeconnect.com/fourhonline/
The WWM training in e-Xtension has been disconnected. Volunteers will do their training through 4HOnline. We are in the process of re-recording WWM and recording Title IX. The system will be notified when the trainings are live.
WWM Training Do not use any previous version of WWM training as part of your 2017-18 training. The PPT must be updated with changes. The PPT and training have been taken off-line. The system will be notified when the training has been posted.
WWM and Title IV & IX Training
The office of Institutional Diversity has approved our combined WWM and Title VII and IX training for volunteers.
- The two trainings have been merged for returning volunteers only. Volunteers will get ½ of each training every other year. Example: Odd year, training includes half WWM and half Title IX content. Even year, the volunteer gets the other half of each training. The recorded training will no longer be part of e-Xtension. The online training will be taken through 4HOnline.
On a regular interval all volunteers will be re-screened/re-certified. At that time, the veteran volunteer will complete both trainings in full, as if they were a new volunteer.
- New volunteers and staff cannot use these combined sessions for their annual training.
- We are working with the University to get the 4-H Youth Development WWM training uploaded to the OSU Talent site for annual training requirements.
- New volunteers must do both trainings the year they are being approved.
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
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.
Attention Site Facilitators - Registration is now open for the training on September 20 from 1-2:30 pm. You must be registered if hosting an e-Forum. Please visit http://4-h.org/professionals/professional-development/ to register and learn more.
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.
4-H Volunteer e-Forums Site Locations
Please contact the site contact to register for a forum. Some sites have limited capacity. Date, time and location noted below.
Counties e-Form Contact/Coordinator Location Registration Deadline Comanche Oct.5
Great Plains Technology Center
4500 W. Lee Blvd.
Bldg 100, Room 118 Auditorium
1 week prior Washita Oct.5
Fairview Community Center, East Room
208 E. Broadway
2 days before Grant Oct.5
112 E. Guthrie, Room 301
Bryan, Carter, Johnston, Love, Marshall Oct.5
Murray State College
1 week prior Atoka, Choctaw, Coal, McCurtain, Pushmataha Oct.5
Kiamichi Technology Center
1 week prior Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore, Pittsburg Oct.5
Frink Chambers Elementary School
1 week prior Hughes, Murray, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Seminole Oct. 5 Seminole County Extension Office
1 week prior Hughes, Murray, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Seminole Nov. 2 Pontotoc County Extension Office
1 week prior Hughes, Murray, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Seminole Dec. 7 Murray County Extension Office
1 week prior
Open to surrounding counties.
3660 Gibson St.
1 week prior
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 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.