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 would like to take this opportunity to introduce Blayne Arthur, who assumed the position of executive director of the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation in June.
Blayne is not new to 4-H, as she grew up as an active member in the program in Grady County. While she may have been away for a short while, 4-H has always been near and dear to her heart, and she is excited to once again be part of the Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development program!
She is also happy to be back on the campus of America's Brightest Orange, as she is a proud alumni of Oklahoma State University, having earned a degree in agricultural economics.
Before coming home to OSU, she worked for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry and later served as deputy commissioner for Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese, where she worked with agricultural commodity groups to develop policy.
Blayne is excited to be a part of the Foundation and sees great potential for the 4-H program. She looks forward to engaging with the county offices and club members and hearing about their ideas. Increasing awareness for both the Foundation and 4-H, as well as looking for ways to increase financial support for the 4-H program are some of her primary goals.
So when you get the chance, please drop her an email or give her a call to welcome her aboard in true Oklahoma 4-H fashion. Or if you are on campus, stop by the state 4-H office and introduce yourself!
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
Please click on the following links for important information.
2016-17 Enrollment - Youth and Adult - click here for information
4HOnline Thursday’s @ Three
Save an hour each Thursday afternoon for a Q & A time and brief updates regarding use of the 4HOnline Data Management system. The session will be scheduled each week beginning August 4th through October 27th and continued as necessary. This is a come and go time and is designed to meet your needs. If you have items to be covered please email me a week in advance. The sessions will be recorded.
NYSD will be held October 5, 2016. This is an event in which 4-H clubs around the globe participate on the same day and conduct the same experiment. You are not limited to October 5, however. You are welcome to conduct this challenge at any time. I encourage clubs or counties to do this in October as part of National 4-H Month.
Drone Challenge is a hands-on engineering design challenge that explores the science behind drones and how they are being used to solve real world problems. Youth will learn everything from flight dynamics and aircraft types, to safety and regulations, to remote sensing and flight control.
You can purchase a kit from the 4-H Mall, or, if you are attending an NYSD in-service, I will provide you with a kit.
For more NYSD information got to: http://4-h.org/parents/national-youth-science-day/
or sign up for the in-service training.
NYSD is always an enjoyable event and an opportunity to get a lot of press for 4-H. This is also a terrific opportunity for your volunteers to share with their members.
At the Oklahoma State Fair, there are several opportunities for youth to do both Food and Non-Food interactive demonstrations. The Food Demonstrations will be in the kitchen area of the Creative Arts Building on Sunday, September 18, from 10 am to noon, and Wednesday, September 21, from 6-8 pm. Demonstrations will be 30 minutes each, including setup and cleanup.
The Non-Food Demonstrations will be in the 4-H area of the Creative Arts Building on September 17, 18, 24 and 25. Demonstrations will be assigned in two-hour time slots.
Forms and guidelines are available at http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/state-events-activities/oklahoma-state-fairs
If you need additional information, please contact me at 405-744-8888. The deadline for being considered is August 31. 2016.
The 2016 State 4-H Judging Contest (non-livestock) will be held Saturday, September 24th, on the OSU Stillwater Campus. Competitive judging events will be held in the areas of Horticulture, Crops, Entomology and Consumer Decision Making. Please see the below judging schedule and note that 4-H members can participate in one morning contest and one afternoon contest. Two hours will be allotted for each contest to allow time for judging, official reasons and an educational component provided by the department (which may include tours, speakers, career opportunities, scholarships opportunities, etc.). There will be a $5 participation fee for the day. Medals will be awarded to the top three individuals and teams in each division.
9:30 am Judging 101 for all participants 10 am -noon Track 1: Entomology Track 2: Horticulture noon-1:30 pm Lunch on your own 1-1:30 pm Judging 101 (repeated session for those not attending at 9:30 am) 1:45-3:45 pm Track 3: Consumer Decision-Making Track 4: Crops Approximately 4 pm Awards Ceremony
If you have any questions about the event please contact the following individuals:
General Contest details: Cathy Allen
Crops: Dr. Beatrix Haggard
Entomology: Dr. Wyatt Hoback
Horticulture: Dr. Shelley Mitchell
Consumer Decision Making: Cathy Allen
Additional details about the contest will be emailed to county offices in July.
Oklahoma 4-H is looking for 4-H'ers willing to man a table at the 4-H booth at Septemberfest, September 10, 2016. Septemberfest is a family-fun, free educational event held at the Oklahoma History Center from 10 am - 4 pm. This is a great opportunity for 4-H'ers to share their project work, lead a fun activity, or spread the word about 4-H with a large urban audience. Registration is open until August 8, 2016. A registration form is attached.
Annie Casey Foundation and the annual Kids Count data is now available. Oklahoma specific data (state and county) can be found at http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data#OK/2/0/char/0
Tennessee 4-H is offering a national opportunity to provide valuable education to 4-H volunteers. Lori Gallimore, Extension specialist from the University of Tennessee, leads a program titled "Clover Speak." The program is designed to teach 4-H volunteers and staff facilitation, teaching, and youth development knowledge and skills.
The opportunity will include one 2-hour session a month for six months (July through December). The sessions will be held in the evening at two different live times. Tennessee is offering these comprehensive sessions free to 4-H programs across the nation. See the attached flier, and contact Lori Gallimore for more information.
Note: The instructor has given Oklahoma permission to enroll late and begin with session 2.
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.