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,
I hope these suggestions will help start the New Year off right for you!
- Stay positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can know that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.
- When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement:
My purpose is_______________________.
- Take a morning walk of gratitude. I call it a "thank you walk." It will create a fertile mind ready for success.
- Instead of being disappointed about where you are...think optimistically about where you are going.
- Eat - breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
- Remember that adversity is not a dead-end but a detour to a better outcome.
- Focus on learning, loving, growing and serving.
- Believe that everything happens for a reason. Expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.
- Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
- Mentor someone - and be mentored by someone.
- Live with the three Es - Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy.
- Remember - there's no substitute for hard work.
- Zoom focus. Each day when you wake up in the morning ask: "What are the three most important things I need to do today that will help me create the success I desire?" Then tune out all the distractions and focus on these actions.
- Implement the No Complaining Rule. Complaining is like vomiting. Afterwards you feel better but everyone around you feels sick.
- Read more books than you did in 2015. I happen to know of a few good ones!
- Get more sleep. You can't replace sleep with a double latte.
- Focus on "Get to" vs "Have to." Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.
- Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:
I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished____________.
- Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants.
- Enjoy the ride. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy it.As 2015 comes to an end, the state 4-H staff extends to you all of the best wishes for a happy holiday season. 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, and we can't wait to see you in 2016!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Horses, Heifers and Hounds is a workshop for volunteers in the animal science programs. The workshop will take place 9am to 5 pm, January 23, 2016, on the OSU campus.
This interactive and hands-on workshop is designed for 4-H and youth educators that are involved in equine, companion animal or livestock projects. The seminar will cover fostering leadership and community service activities, fund-raising strategies, handling interpersonal conflicts, ethics with youth and animal projects, and laboratories in behavior modification and learning theory for all species. Break-out sessions with hands on opportunities for individual species will be available as well.
OSU Athletics is once again offering 4-H a reduced price for both a Cowgirl and a Cowboy basketball game.
- January 16, 2016 - Cowgirl Basketball - OSU v. OU - Use Promo Code: 4H4OSU
- February 13, 2016 - Cowboy Basketball - 2016 Ag Day! - OSU v. KSU - Use Promo Code: 4H4OSU
The steps to access the code are below. The tickets for women's are $5, and the men's are $10 with the group discounts.
1. Go to www.okstate.com/tickets
2. Click "Redeem Promo Code" link on left side of the screen
3. Enter "4H4OSU" into the "access an offer" box and click "go"
4. Select which game you want to purchase and click "continue"
5. Follow steps to select number of seats and check out
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.
Just a friendly reminder the 4-H science night at the Science Museum is February 19-20, 2016. Registration will be due in the State Office February 1.
$45 for 4-H members
$25 for Adults
Age: This event is non-competitive and all ages are welcome, so bring those brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles. Everyone will enjoy their time at the museum.
Star Wars is the theme, and the Science Museum's new expansion exhibit, CurioCity, will be open. They recommend kids bring a change of clothes in case they get wet. Wow! This will be a new experience for all. Check out this short video.
CurioCity Video: http://www.sciencemuseumok.org/curiocity1
For more 4-H EVENT information and schedule: http://4h.okstate.edu/projects/science-and-technology/4-h-bright-nights-1/
Let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there.
$14,000 in scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors and current full-time college students. Pickens Legacy Scholarship applications and Pickens news information sheets are available on the state 4-H web page: http://4h.okstate.edu/for-youth/awards.
Applications are due into the state 4-H office by Monday, February 8, 2016. Specific information about the various scholarships are detailed in the 2016 Oklahoma 4-H Summary of Awards Handbook, available on the same website.
Exciting opportunity for talented 4-H members who write music, poetry and stories, draw, paint, sculpt, perform, make movies, take pictures, landscape design, etc….
The program goal is to expand the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and career exploration in the areas of communication and expressive arts through 4-H Youth Development efforts.
The exhibition encourages youth how to think, but not what to think. We want youth to look for ways to observe and interpret their surroundings and then to express their thoughts and/or emotions creatively through writing, music, art, photography, video or some other form of visual medium.
Once again - Ribbon Art Challenge
The first 10 clubs (no more than two clubs per county) who contact Tracy Beck by email at email@example.com will receive a pack of 100 multi-colored Oklahoma State Fair ribbons. At least 75 of the 100 ribbons must be used for the entry. NO other ribbons may be used. The finished product may not exceed 40 inches in any one direction (3-D or flat). The ribbons can be cut, sewn, painted, ripped, burned or manipulated in any way that allows you to achieve the desired artistic effect. Ideas might include, but are not limited to: quilts, soft or hard sculptures, paintings, masks, collages...the possibilities are limitless! Additional details attached.
Ribbons will be distributed to county educators at OCES Conference in January 2016.
Attached is a copy of the criteria and application. All exhibits/entries due June 1, 2016.
2016 E-Academy professional development series will focus on "The Role of Learning in Positive Youth Development" in a series of 10 online professional development seminars March 30-April 27, 2016. The sessions are for any professional working in the area of Positive Youth Development. Please share with other youth serving organizations.
The e-academy is free and requires pre-registration. Registration is at http://event.on24.com/wcc/r/1096601/97DB8B4A481DE1CC1CF243152ECEEB5D/7575. More information about the sessions will be added as it becomes available.
The session will be focused on intentional learning experiences in youth development settings. Tied together, the sessions will address the what, why and how of learning.
- March 30 - 12pm - The Role of Learning in Positive Youth Development: An Introduction
- March 30 - 2pm - Planning and Assessing the Learning Experience
- April 5 - 12pm - Creating a Learning Environment
- April 5 - 2pm - Meeting Learners Where They are
- April 20 - 12pm - From Learning to Skill Development
- April 20 - 2pm - The What, Why and How of Experiential Learning and Related Learning Delivery Models
- April 25 - 12pm - Preparing and Training Learning Facilitators (volunteers and staff)
- April 25 - 2pm - Reaching New Audiences with Relevant Learning Experiences
- April 27 - 12pm - How Does Learning Fit into the Overall PYD Program Model?
- April 27 - 2pm - The Role of Learning in PYD: Implementation and Conclusion
The 2016 E-Academy is brought to you by 4-H National Headquarters, in partnership with National 4-H Council and the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.
We are offering an In-Service training for educators and volunteers on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles April 19, 2016, in Stillwater. This is an opportunity to learn about UAVs, the rules and regulations and their applications to 4-H and agriculture. We suspect you will be seeing more and more of these flying vehicles appearing in your county and being flown by your youth. Come educate yourself so you will be prepared when the opportunity arises.
This training is open to educators and volunteers. You can register through the in-service website and let me know if you are bringing volunteers. All are welcome. We will spend the morning in the classroom and the afternoon at the airfield, getting hands-on experience with UAVs.
Click here to sign up: http://apps.dasnr.okstate.edu/inservice/2016/inservice/show/3562
The 2016 State Parent-Volunteer Conference will be held June 25th in Stillwater. The conference theme is "4-H Volunteers: Developing Olympians."
Conference objectives are:
- Developing Olympians through Positive Youth Development - Challenging our members to be productive and constructive while using and enhancing their strengths for the betterment of the family, club and community.
- Learn by Doing - Practicing the 4-H Experiential Learning Model in all programming, activities and events.
- Life Skills Development - Intentionally introducing planned life skills in the delivery of subject matter, club meetings, activities with the purpose of achieving specific results.
- Marketing 4-H - The newest 4-H marketing campaign is "4-H grows confident, capable, and caring kids with the life skills to thrive in today's world and succeed in their boldest dreams for tomorrow." How can you effectively reach youth, families, volunteers and the general public with this message?
Applications are now being accepted for workshops. Application are due March 1, 2016. Download application here or at http://4h.okstate.edu/parents-volunteers/conferences
County, District and State Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Volunteers will continue to be recognized at the luncheon. Electronic nominations are due to the District 4-H Office no later than 5 pm on or before March 14, 2016. Nomination includes volunteer resume, three letters of recommendations and an electronic photograph. Application availableat http://4h.okstate.edu/for-youth/awards/2014-ok-volunteer-salute-to-excellence-awards-form.
CHANGE - The resume is no longer built by the volunteer but by the county educator. This was a national change. All other aspects of the awards process are the same.
NE District Volunteer Board members - Don Taylor,
Shawnelyn Corter and Angela Seal; Karla Knoepfli, Advisor
The updated training (PPT and teaching notes) have been posted for volunteer continuing education. http://4h.okstate.edu/for-educators/volunteer-management-system/powerpoint-presentations
Content revisions are noted in red in the notes section of the presentation. All of Section 3, "Forms," was completely revised with the introduction of WWM forms 1-9 in February 2015.
The online training is now available.
The initial training (PPT and teaching notes) for ALL volunteers is posted and ready for county training: http://4h.okstate.edu/for-educators/volunteer-management-system/title-vii-and-ix-training-for-volunteers
County staff will be notified when the independent study for volunteers only is made public. The OSU staff on-line training is currently available through the university at http://hr.okstate.edu/TitleVIITitleIXTraining.
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.