2015 Leisure Lab Camp

Citizenship Washington Focus


4-H Enhancement Grants

2015 Horse Communication Contest - February 7, 2015

2015 OSU Youth Horse Judging Clinic

Horse Owner's Workshop March 7

Kids Helping Kids


Creating Safe Environments: 4-H Risk Management


WANTED: Workshop Proposals for PVC

2015 Volunteer Awards: 4-H Salute to Excellence Program

National Volunteer Month - April 2015, National Volunteer Week - April 12-18, 2015


Welcome to 4-H


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.

February, 2015

Dear Educators and Volunteers,

Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall.

This year's class was born just as the Internet took everyone onto the information highway. Most were born in 1993 and are the first generation to grow up taking the word "online" for granted and for whom crossing the digital divide has redefined research, original sources and access to information, changing the central experiences and methods in their lives.

And while the Beloit list is geared towards students entering also describes many of our senior 4-H members!

  • Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson could be their parents.
  • The only significant labor disputes in their lifetimes have been in major league sports.
  • As they've grown up on websites and cell phones, adult experts have constantly fretted about their alleged deficits of empathy and concentration.
  • Amazon has never been just a river in South America.
  • Refer to LBJ, and they might assume you're talking about LeBron James.
  • Life has always been like a box of chocolates.
  • Video games have always had ratings.
  • Arnold Palmer has always been a drink.
  • Dial-up is soooooooooo last century!
  • Their older siblings have told them about the days when Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera were Mouseketeers.
  • Music has always been available via free downloads.
  • Sears has never sold anything out of a Big Book that could also serve as a doorstop.
  • Electric cars have always been humming in relative silence on the road.
  • They pressured their parents to take them to Taco Bell or Burger King to get free pogs.
  • While they've been playing outside, their parents have always worried about nasty new bugs borne by birds and mosquitoes.
  • Some of them have been inspired to actually cook by watching the Food Channel.
  • Their parents have always been able to create a will and other legal documents online.
  • New Kids have always been known as NKOTB.
  • They've always wanted to be like Shaq or Kobe: Michael Who?
  • They've often broken up with their significant others via texting, Facebook, or MySpace.
  • They won't go near a retailer that lacks a website.
  • Women have always been Venusians; men, Martians.
  • McDonalds coffee has always been just a little too hot to handle.

Part fun. Part nostalgic. Part "You've got to be kidding me!" Part "No Way!" All food for thought as we continue to meet the needs of our youth.

Kevin Allen
State 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director, OCES


2015 Leisure Lab Camp

Leisure Lab is an event designed to provide training for teen leaders, adult volunteers and Extension educators to prepare them for various summer 4-H programs such as overnight camps, day camps and junior roundups.

Some of the topics the camp will cover include roles and responsibilities of counselors, various camp ceremonies, risk management, icebreakers, team building activities, crafts and games. We are expecting a large crowd and would like to have some educators help out with leading workshops.

Camp will be located near Stillwater at Saint's Grove on July 7-9, 2015. Mark your calendars today, and plan to be part of this leadership experience.

Enrollment information can be found online at

Steve Beck

Citizenship Washington Focus

Registration materials are available for the 2015 Oklahoma CWF Trip! Citizenship Washington Focus is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth. For six weeks of the summer, delegations of 15-19 year-olds from across the country attend this program at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, located just outside Washington, D.C. The program is aimed at enriching young people's lives by broadening their appreciation and respect for themselves and others in the world. Participants attend workshops, committees, field trips and social events for hands-on opportunities to learn and grow. Participants learn and practice skills that will make them better citizens and more successful individuals

Oklahoma will attend CWF June 11-21, 2015. The trip will also include visiting the St. Louis Arch, Gettysburg and Philadelphia. Youth, ages 15 and older, are eligible to attend. For more information, please visit the state 4-H website at or call Tracy Beck at 405-744-8891.

Registration materials and payment are due in the State 4-H Office February 27, 2015.

Tracy Beck


4-H Enhancement Grants

If you are looking for a small grant to help develop or promote a new or innovative program, please read on!

The 4-H Foundation, with the help of several good donors, is once again offering up to $500 enhancement grants to support county and club programs. There will be about $15,000 available this year.

There are several categories you can apply for:

  • General Program Development - After school programs, day camps, educational resource materials, or something totally new that has never been tried before. These funds have been used in some cases to buy supplies for programs like the new Food Show Down, Dutch Oven Cookery, Ohio State's Learning Labs, etc.  These grants have been sponsored by the Hille Foundation in Tulsa and the 4-H Foundation Directors.
  • Pork Promotion - These programs must feature the use of and promotion of pork products. These grants are sponsored by the Oklahoma Pork Council.
  • Dairy Promotion - These programs must feature the use of and promotion of dairy products. These grants are sponsored by the Southwest Dairy Center.
  • Leadership Development - These are intended for the development of adult club volunteers. These grants have been sponsored by Derald Suffridge, Retired Southeast District 4-H Specialist.

Grant funds may not be used for awards, clothing, or food, except when the program is about nutrition. 

The following items are included in the attachments for this newsletter:

Applications this year are due on February 15th. The grants will be announced by March 1st.

If you have any questions or you want a preliminary reading on some idea you have, please feel free to call or email me.

Jim Rutledge

2015 Horse Communication Contest - February 7, 2015

Attached are the 2014 Horse Topic Speech and Illustrated Presentation Contest and State Horse Quiz Bowl Contest guidelines and registration materials. In conjunction with this event, there will be a digital photography contest as well. This year's Horse Communication Day contests will be Saturday, February 7, 2015. As in years past, there is a pre-registration process, and those team and individual registrations are due no later than Monday, January 26, 2015. Details and registration forms are available here.

Please don't hesitate to call Dr. Kris Hiney at 405-744-9291 or email if you have questions and PLEASE forward and distribute this information with all youth and families with interest in your county.

Dr. Kris Hiney, Equine Extension Specialist

2015 OSU Youth Horse Judging Clinic

Saturday, February 14nd
OSU Animal Science Arena, Stillwater

Attention youth without any, just a little or with a lot of experience with horse judging activities. This clinic is for all of you! With the help of college coaches, members of the past and present OSU Collegiate Horse Judging Team will work with small groups of youth similar to a practice workout. Instruction, guidance and encouragement on placing classes, organizing notes and giving reasons will be provided by students, educators and youth with past experience with competitive judging. We'll present classes for halter and one or two performance classes in which the youth will place and develop reasons in their small groups. Youth will be given the opportunity to present reasons in a similar fashion as they would at the State 4-H and FFA Horse Judging Contest. The registration brochure is attached.

Dr. Kris Hiney, Equine Extension Specialist

Horse Owner's Workshop March 7

Dr. Kris Hiney, Equine Extension Specialist, will be hosting a Horse Owner's Workshop on March 7th, 2015. Youth will have a discounted admission price of $15 to attend. It will take place from 8:30 to noon at the OSU vet school and then move to the ANSI arena at noon for lunch and hand's-on activities. The agenda is attached.

Dr. Kris Hiney, Equine Extension Specialist

Kids Helping Kids

The 2015 Kids Helping Kids deadline is coming up. Please send or postmark your county's results and contribution sheets to the state 4-H office by February 27. If you need additional coupons or any extra campaign materials, contact Kristin Knight at kristin.knight@okstate.eduGood luck participants!

Kristin Knight


Training and Staff Development

Creating Safe Environments: 4-H Risk Management

Twelve individual opportunities to increase your comfort level and proficiency in creating safe environments for 4-H Youth Development Programing will be made available this year.

  • Each session will take 15-30 minutes of your time.
  • The sessions can be viewed at your convenience.
  • Each month participants will be notified when a session is posted.
  • Four of the twelve sessions will be live with Q&A time regarding topics from the previous three sessions.

Please hold 10 am on the following four dates: March 10, June 9, September 8 and December 8 for the live sessions. Each session will be no more than 30 minutes, as well being taped.

To be notified when the sessions are available please register for the In-service "Creating Safe Environments - 4-H Risk Management."

Karla Knoepfli and Kevin Allen


ClipArt: <b>Garfield</b> <b>4-H</b>

WANTED: Workshop Proposals for PVC

The 2015 State Parent-Volunteer Conference will be held June 27th in Stillwater. The conference theme is "4-H Wants You." Our objectives are as follows:

  • To serve the local club and community through 4-H
  • To embrace learning by doing
  • To market 4-H in recruiting members and volunteers
  • To Make the Best Better

The State Volunteer Board is looking for volunteers, community resources and Extension educators to instruct one- and two-hour workshops which will enhance a volunteer and/or parent's skills for guiding youth and developing clubs. See January Issue of Focus on Youth for additional information. Workshop proposals (RFP) can be down loaded at Proposals are due March 2, 2015.

NW District Volunteer Board Directors
Karla Knoepfli

2015 Volunteer Awards: 4-H Salute to Excellence Program

Each county may submit one nominee for each of the two awards:

  • Volunteer of the Year (less than 10 years of experience)
  • Lifetime Volunteer Awards (an accumulation of 10 or more years of experience).

County's nominee(s) will be recognized at the state awards luncheon on June 27, 2015, as part of the State Parent-Volunteer Development conference.

The application form and guidelines for 2015 District and State volunteer awards are available at .

If your volunteer is uneasy/reluctant about completing the resume, please take the time to sit with the volunteer and assist them in developing the resume. Better yet have a teen leader do the interview and assist the volunteer in preparing the resume!

Electronic nominations are due to the district 4-H office no later than 5 PM on or before March 13, 2015. Nomination includes volunteer resume, three letters of recommendation and an electronic photograph.

Karla Knoepfli

National Volunteer Month - April 2015, National Volunteer Week - April 12-18, 2015

Through programs such as the President's Volunteer Service Award, Daily Point of Light Award and the Extra Mile, Points of Light Volunteer Pathway, the Points of Light organization, recognizes individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and government entities and the tremendous impact they are making on our country's most critical challenges year-round. Take action.

  • Share your stories - Tell us about the impact volunteers are having in your community or through your organization.
  • Learn more about these volunteer recognition programs and how to nominate volunteers for awards.

Karla Knoepfli


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.