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,
Sometimes it's easier to focus on what we don't have, rather than on what we do have. It's important to take time out and remember all of the things for which we should be thankful.
Below is my Top 10 List of Things for Which I am Thankful!
My Religion - I am able to worship whomever and however I want! This is something many people will never experience.
My Spouse - She is my largest critic as well as my greatest fan! I can’t imagine anyone else I would want to experience this crazy thing called life with!
My Children - Watching them laugh, grow, and dream helped me keep things in perspective.
My Family - While strange and quirky, they are the only family I have!
My Friends - The quality of friendship is more important than the quantity.
People Willing to Teach - I am so appreciative that others are willing to use their time and talents to teach me something new.
Wisdom that Comes with Age - Hopefully, we grow smarter over time.
The Ability to Learn - The ability to learn new things means we have endless potential.
Dirt Roads - Most of my best memories come from some old dirt road.
Music - My favorites are classic rock, country and anything by Jimmy Buffett!
As I thought about this message I knew I needed to write these down and review them often - because I really do have so many things I am Thankful for which far outweigh the things I wish I had! I challenge you to do the same. If you have the same experience I did, you will find it is difficult to keep it at 10!
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
Don’t miss this opportunity to take a short survey and possibly win $10K for summer camp from National 4-H Council and Hughesnet. Have your ideas ready before you start. The following are the three main question to answer.
- What would you do with STEM at Camp if you have $10K?
- Describe the hands-on activities you would conduct?
- How many youth would your program reach?
Follow the link above to enter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration materials and payment will be due in the state 4-H office by February 28, 2017.
Save the Date: February 17-18, 2017
Registration Due: January 15, 2017
Price: $45 for kids 5 and up, $25 per adult
Includes the new exhibit CurioCity, Planetarium, Science Live show, Science Activity Tables and a fun-filled evening exploring the Science Museum.
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
I hope each of you had a successful NYSD event, Drone Discovery. I know I enjoyed making the rounds and working with you all on the trainings. If you were unable to attend, no worries, we will be doing it again next fall for the 2017 NYSD Experiment on Wearable Technology.
If you didn't register your 2016 event, please do so. Even if it is past you can still register it on the 4-H website and show your participation. Currently the website only shows about 7 events for the state. Please take a moment and put your event on the map.
Don’t forget social media. Share your photos with #OK4H and #4HNYSD
And finally, let me know what you did. Send me an email with the outcomes of your event, how many attended - break it down for me. Were there any great quotes or thoughts from the day? Send me a picture. It is as easy as that.
Thank you to everyone who supported or plans to hold one of these events! They are always well received and a great reason to promote 4-H science.
Youth may register here: osuhorse.okstate.edu
This workshop is designed for high school-aged students to incorporate STEM disciplines with their interest in horses. It focuses on using math and science to make economical, ethical and sustainable decisions regarding equine health care and management.
Material will be delivered via short (20 minute) classroom lectures, followed immediately by a laboratory session incorporating active application of the material. This is the second year the program will be offered, with the intention of an annual offering and a rotation of topics. For 2016, two subject areas and four topics have been chosen: Anatomy of the Equine Athlete, Fitness Assessment, Equine Digestive Anatomy, and Selecting Equine Feeds.
This workshop will cover community service activities, ethical issues related to animal projects and youth, handling interpersonal conflicts and more. Interactive sessions with individual species will be available, including topics involving behavior, care and management, training and more. Adults and teen leaders can register at osuhorse.okstate.edu.
All information for 2017 can be found at http://osuhorse.okstate.edu/4-h-and-youth-activities/communication-contest
4-H Common Measures Evaluation and Reporting in-service is offered November 10, 2016, at the Blaine County Fairgrounds. This training is open to anyone interested in learning more about evaluating their 4-H program and who would like to learn more about report writing.
All staff with 4HOnline privileges as a county admin or county manager are required to participate or view all trainings. The information is pertinent to every county and will reduce opportunities for incorrect data entry and corrections. As stated in the webinars, there are some mistakes which cannot be fixed.
Each recorded webinar can be paused when things get busy. All handouts can be downloaded from the recorded webinar. Check the website for possible handout updates since the recording of the original session. Each Help sheet has a date associated with the update.
As per the October 20th 4HOnline Webinar, there is a new application for teen leaders who wish to become certified volunteers. The application is posted online or can be downloaded. This is a revision of the application provided during the webinar. Replace any form which does not have a date of 10/21/16 in the footer.
The 4HOnline Help Sheet for processing Teen Volunteers is available at http://4h.okstate.edu/for-educators/4honline-enrollment-and-event-registration/member enrollment/Approving.NEW.TEEN.Volunteer.Application_OK.pdf.
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.