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,
As show season and OYE will soon be upon us, I believe the following article, published by Michigan State University Extension, to be timely to help us remember and share the benefits of the 4-H Livestock Project (or any 4-H project)
Character Development: Learning Responsibility through 4-H Livestock Projects
4-H provides many opportunities for young people to develop character and experience personal growth, not only through the general 4-H projects, but also through the 4-H livestock program.
The Josephson Institute Center for Youth Ethics, as a part of its nationwide CHARACTER COUNTS! project, has created a curriculum called "Exercising Character." The curriculum identifies six core character attributes children should acquire and develop; the second is responsibility.
Being responsible involves being in charge of your own actions and choices, carrying out what needs to be done, and being a good role model.
Responsible behaviors in the 4-H livestock program include providing timely and appropriate care, feed and housing for the animal, as well as preparing for the show. Maintaining an accurate project record book is another important component of the 4-H livestock program; members should responsibly record their animal's health, feed, age, etc., and take pictures of their livestock project to document growth.
It is important that parents also show good character by being responsible and good role models. Perhaps they could become an assistant 4-H volunteer in the livestock club or study to become knowledgeable and coach the members of the club on an aspect of livestock production. They should also be available when needed, show proper work habits and model for the members that the value of the 4-H livestock experience is much more significant than being the top winner.
There are many activities that help youth understand the role of responsibility in livestock projects. For example, divide the club members into groups so that each addresses a different step in the livestock production and exhibition process. Have the groups brainstorm and identify an exhibitor's responsibilities related to the step they are assigned. Take turns having each group present their list. After each presentation, encourage the members to further discuss the importance of responsibility in the step.
The 4-H livestock program provides 4-H club leaders with many opportunities to teach character education and life skill development. There are many opportunities for 4-H members to practice and demonstrate good personal character.
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
Attached are the 2016 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. Next year's Horse Communication Day contests will be Saturday, February 7, 2016. As in years past, there is a pre-registration process, and those team and individual registrations are due no later than Monday, January 25, 2016. (Details are attached). Please don't hesitate to call me at 405-744-9291 or email email@example.com if you have questions, and PLEASE forward and distribute this information with all youth and families with interest in your county.
- photo entry form
- guidelines for photo contest
- registration for for quiz bowl
- photo release form
- 2016 Horse Topic Speech and Illustrated Presentations Guidelines
- Registration form for speech contests
Saturday, February 13th, OSU Totusek 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.
The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response kicked off the My Preparedness Story: Staying Healthy and Resilient Video Challenge.
The contest invites young people between the ages of 14 and 23 to submit a creative video - up to 60 seconds long - showing how they help their families, friends, and community protect their health during disasters and every day. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges and we will post the top entries on the My Preparedness Story Video Challenge website so that other people can vote on them. Submissions could be used to help others learn better ways to prepare their communities for disasters and emergencies. Contestants could win up to a $2,000 grand prize. Entries are due on March 28, 2016 at 12 pm, CST.
Citizenship Washington Focus
Citizen Washington Focus registration materials have been posted to the state 4-H website for the 2016 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 16-26, 2016. 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 http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/national-events/citizenship-washington-focus-2/citizenship-washington-focus or call Tracy Beck at 405-744-8891.
Registration materials and payment will be due in the state 4-H office February 26, 2016.
The Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising will be hosting a conference June 27-30, 2016 on the OSU Campus. The cost is $125. The program is designed for 4-H members 13 and older, 4-H Volunteers and Extension Educators.
- To learn and demonstrate sewing skills
- To learn about characteristics of clothing quality
- To inform about careers in apparel design and production
- To attract 4-H youth/adults/educators to OSU/DHM/ADP
- To initiate an Apparel Design Ambassador program where participants
- Share their experience and enthusiasm with others in their district and home county
Attached is more information regarding the Institute and registration. The registration deadline is April 29.
2016 4-H Ambassador applications can be found on the State 4-H Ambassador website. Applications must be postmarked by March 1st and should be returned to Cathy Allen at the state 4-H office. 4-H members should be encouraged to carefully follow directions when completing their applications.
What would you do if you had $10,000 for STEM at Camp? HughesNet and National 4-H Council want to see your ideas come to life. The four best ideas we receive will be awarded a sub-grant for summer camp in 2016. Enter your idea with us!
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.