2017 Kids Helping Kids Campaign


Marketing Resource Webpage Updated


Citizenship Washington Focus

4-H Science Bright Night 2017

4-H National Conference


2017 Volunteer Recognition and Awards


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.

December, 2016

Dear Educators and Volunteers,

Here are quotes about gratitude that will not only remind you that what you have is pretty awesome, but will also, spur you to express that gratitude to the people who deserve it most.

  1. Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. William Arthur Ward
  2. If you count all your assets, you always show a profit. Robert Quillen
  3. Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. Robert Brault
  4. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them. John F. Kennedy
  5. Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance. Eckhart Tolle
  6. If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get. Frank A. Clark
  7. The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it. Michael Josephson
  8. The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement. Charles Schwab
  9. He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. Epictetus
  10. Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. Oprah Winfrey
  11. Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone. Gertrude Stein
  12. Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. Henri Frederic Amiel
  13. When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. Willie Nelson
  14. It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment. Naomi Williams
  15. Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out. John Wooden
  16. No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. Alfred North Whitehead
  17. Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. A.A. Milne
  18. Forget yesterday - it has already forgotten you. Don't sweat tomorrow - you haven't even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift - today. Steve Maraboli
  19. We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count. Neal A. Maxwell
  20. The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. John E. Southard
  21. Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it. Stephen Richards
  22. Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices. Robert Braathe
  23. Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else. Raheel Farooq
  24. In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day--or to celebrate each special day. Rasheed Ogunlaru
  25. This a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before. Maya Angelou
To every educator, volunteer, parent, support staff, professional and 4-H member, I am GRATEFUL for you!!

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



2017 Kids Helping Kids Campaign

It's time to register for the 2017 Oklahoma 4-H Foundation's Kids Helping Kids Campaign. For 30 years, this fundraiser has focused on benefitting the Ronald McDonald House of Oklahoma City while supporting your local 4-H program at the same time. The Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home to families with seriously ill or injured children and has been an excellent partner with the 4-H program. This fundraiser has raised more than $890,000, with more than $16,000 being raised in 2016. Through Kids Helping Kids, 4-H'ers ask their friends, families, local businesses, etc., to make a donation to Kids Helping Kids in exchange for a McDonald's coupon. Prizes are awarded to youth who participate. Out of the funds raised by your county, half goes to the Ronald McDonald House, one-third stays in your county, and one-sixth goes to the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation.

Forms, deadlines and promotional material can be found here: http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/state-events-activities/kids-helping-kids-1

Campaign Deadlines

December 5, 2016 - Submit to the state 4-H office copies of your participating clubs' registration forms and your county participation form. Please send all club registration forms and county registration forms together at one time.

December 12, 2016 - We will mail out participation packets to counties that registered for the campaign. The packets will include promotional tools and all forms for tracking the contributions and submitting final results. Coupons will be mailed directly from the coupon provider. The campaign can start as soon as you can distribute the coupons, and you will set the cut off date for your county.

April 14, 2017 - Final Results and contributions are due in the State 4-H office

Kristin Knight


Marketing Resource Webpage Updated

For Oklahoma 4-H PowerPoint templates, promotional materials, graphics, clovers and more visit the updated marketing resource page at http://4h.okstate.edu/literature-links/marketing-resources

Kristin Knight



Citizenship Washington Focus

Registration materials will soon be posted to the state 4-H website for the 2017 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- to 18-year-olds from across the country attend this program at the National 4-H Conference Center, located just outside Washington, D.C. The program is aimed at enriching young people's lives by broadening their appreciation of themselves and others in the world. Participants attend workshops, committee meetings, 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 15-25, 2017. The trip will 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 http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/national-events/citizenship-washington-focus-2/citizenship-washington-focus or email tracy.beck@okstate.edu

Registration materials and payment will be due in the state 4-H office by February 28, 2017.

Tracy Beck

4-H Science Bright Night 2017

Save the Date: February 17-18, 2017
Registration Due: January 15, 2017
Price: $45 for kids 5 and up,  $25 per adult
Theme: TBA

Includes the new exhibit CurioCity, Planetarium, Science Live show, Science Activity Tables and a fun-filled evening exploring the Science Museum.


Jeff Sallee

4-H National Conference


National 4-H Conference is a future-focused program that aims to build strong leaders through roundtable discussions, town hall meetings, group assemblies, and visits with national legislators. Being selected to represent our state at this conference is one of Oklahoma 4-H's highest honors.

Applications are due to your district 4-H office December 1, 2016

Jeff Sallee


2017 Volunteer Recognition and Awards

Details in the September 2016 issue of Focus on Youth http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/focus/2016/september/sept.html

With county awards/banquet season coming to a conclusion this would be the time to draft the resume and application for the 2017 recognition program. A 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 24, 2017 as part of the State Parent-Volunteer Conference.

Starting now allows the educator and volunteer time to prepare an outstanding resume representative of that individual’s contributions to the 4-H program. Electronic nominations are due to the District 4-H Office no later than 5:00 PM on or before March 14- nomination includes volunteer resume, 3 letters of recommendations and an electronic photograph.

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.