Focus on Youth
News for OCES staff and volunteers working with youth.
4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.
Dear Educators and Volunteers,
THE OKLAHOMA STANDARD: ALIVE in OKLAHOMA 4-H!
April 19, 1995, altered the face of Oklahoma forever. Despite this unspeakable tragedy, the most lasting memories are the tenderness of response. The people of Oklahoma banded together in a community and state-wide display of spontaneous unselfish regard for the welfare of others.
"People went out of their way to share everything they had to make it comfortable for the rescue workers, firefighters, anyone who was there to help. This became known as the OKLAHOMA STANDARD." Frank Keating, former Governor of Oklahoma.
The OKLAHOMA STANDARD is more than just words. We hear this term when tragedy strikes our state: from tornadoes, to earthquakes, the OSU Homecoming accident and to the recent wildfires. However, it is more than just a term, it is about the Acts of Service, Kindness and Honor that we exhibit each and every day!
As members, volunteers and staff of the Oklahoma 4-H Program, we strive to LIVE this STANDARD! This is demonstrated in many ways, from our commitment to service, putting others' needs in front of our own, our kindness to make the world better for all, to the honor we have as being part of 4-H! It is why we say the 4-H Pledge. Like the OKLAHOMA STANDARD, our pledge is more than just words we say, these are words we live by each and every day!
To every educator, volunteer, parent, support staff, professional and 4-H member, I am GRATEFUL for you!!
State 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director, OCES
Once again, the hearts of 4-H members and families from across our state and country have overwhelmed me! My office has been contacted by several counties and states asking how our 4-H families can assist Oklahoma families affected by the devastating wildfires that occurred in our state (as well as Kansas and Texas).
From Oklahoma 4-H, we are asking donations come in the form of pre-paid gift cards (VISA, Discover, etc.). As families have lost homes, clothes, fencing, livestock feed, equipment, etc., it is impossible to determine one thing that is needed most by our families. By using pre-paid gift cards, we can distribute to families so they are able to fulfill their specific needs and begin returning to their normal life. It would be wonderful to have cards in $50 increments; however, we will gladly accept any generous support!
Donations can be mailed to:
Oklahoma 4-H: Wildfire Relief
205 4-H Youth Development Building
Stillwater OK 74078
As donations are not being submitted to a foundation, we will not be able to issue a tax exemption statement.
Please include with your mailing a statement indicating the number of cards you are sending, as well as addresses or emails where we can send a thank you for their support. These efforts are in support of activities currently underway in the Northwest District.
Should anyone have questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please encourage 4-Her's to take advantage of this opportunity.
Over three-thousand youth are enrolled in one or more of the Communication and Expressive Arts project areas of
- Communication Arts: Graphics, Writing/poetry, Print, Story Telling, Film Making, Photography
- Expressive Arts: Visual Arts, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Crafts, leather, etc.
- Performing Arts: Dance, Drama, Theater, Clowning, Mime, Music
- Public Speaking
This is our fourth year to provide the "What Do You See?" opportunity to OK 4-H members. It's easy. Everything is electronically submitted - application, narrative, pictures of the art, recording of the music, etc. Exhibits can be submitted at any time during the year to be posted on the national WordPress site. Exhibits submitted by June 1, when possible, will be showcased at the State 4-H Parent-Volunteer Conference, State 4-H Roundup and other possible venues.
A copy of the criteria, application and past exhibits can be viewed at http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/state-events-activities/what-do-you-see. In February, a 4HOnline broadcast email went to families who had youth enrolled in Communication and Expressive Arts, Photography and other related projects.
What is taught through 4-H project work with a foundation in the arts?
Through 4-H project work, our goal is to assist youth in learning technical skills, nurturing creativity and encouraging personal self-expression. Just as important, is helping members understand the process of “evaluating” the arts, from both a technical as well as a subjective perspective.
Through the arts, youth learn life skills: critical thinking, learning to learn, stress management, self-discipline, self-motivation, marketable skills, accepting differences and communication. Through their project work we encourage them to think creatively and critically, to observe and interpret their surroundings, and to become comfortable with expressing thoughts and/or emotions through writing, music, dance, photography, performances, graphics, sculpture and many other visual media.
A national 4-H Interpretive Web Exhibition has been developed to showcase “What Do You See” projects. It is open for public viewing on WordPress https://4hwhatdoyousee.wordpress.com/.
Calling all Oklahoma 4-H alumni! We need our 4-H alums to raise their hand for 4-H by checking in as a 4-H alum in Oklahoma. Follow the link below to help Oklahoma 4-H win up to a $20,000 award from the National 4-H Council!
Have you ever wanted someone to come teach science to your 4-H members?
STEMist is a program consisting of college students who are willing to come teach 4-H science as part of your summer programs at summer camps, day camps, project days, or any other appropriate 4-H educational event.
We are in the process of securing 3-5 college students with 4-H experience to come teach 4-H science programs for your summer events and activities. These students will come to you with years of 4-H experience and the appropriate training to present 4-H science programs to your members throughout the summer months. Our goal is to put their experiences to work for you by having them teach science at camps, day camps or other 4-H educational opportunities.
We hope to send our STEMists across the state teaching science and helping you enhance your summer events and activities with 4-H science programming. This is a new endeavor, and we are anticipating a tremendous response. Please contact us early if you are interested in having a college student come help with your 4-H program.
Our STEMists will offer a variety of 4-H science programs. Much of the programming will be based on their past project experience, but we will also train them in robotics, rocketry, UAV (drones), photography/videography and kite photography, plus many more science curricula. If you want something special or specific, let us know. We will do all we can to meet your summer science needs.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405/744-8885.
If you would like to request a STEMist for your county summer program, Please complete this form and return it to Jeff Sallee by April 15, 2017. Act fast. Their time will be limited, and we expect it to fill quickly.
The Oklahoma 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Oklahoma 4-H Foundation Dr. Ron and Linda Sholar Essay Contest. Ron and Linda Sholar are sponsoring this annual writing contest for Oklahoma 4-H members age 13 and older as of January 1, 2017. Please see the attached rules and entry form.
The January Focus on Youth http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/focus/2017/january/jan.html#wings included information on a wonderful Service Learning opportunity through a program called "Quilts of Valor" and/or “Under Our Wings.” To find a Quilt of Valor Mentor nearest the member/club/county visit their website to locate State Coordinators and/or the Who’s in My Area.
We want to highlight stories. Please keep me informed of members and/or clubs participating in this program.
4-H Quilting Curriculum: http://4h.unl.edu/4hcurriculum/fiber-arts
Join us July 26-28 to experience the 96th State 4-H Roundup. "Discover Yourself through 4-H" is this year's Roundup theme, where you will be taken on a safari adventure. Participants will be motivated by our keynote speaker, actively engaged in over 90 hands-on workshops covering topics from making money to making hot dogs. As always, youth will explore campus life, make new friends and have loads of fun!
This year all Roundup participants will reside in the University Commons, Oklahoma State University's newest housing option. The three Commons buildings house over 900 residents. The res hall floors are designed in a modified traditional layout, incorporating the best elements of traditional halls and suite-style living. University Commons offers double bedrooms in small groupings (6-8 rooms) sharing one community bathroom. Roundup participants will dine in the brand-new Commons dining hall, located just steps away from University Commons.
Roundup materials will be finalized by the first week in May. The deadline for registration materials to arrive in Ag Conferences will be June 15.
The cost for Roundup will be $135. Lodging for county night lodging (Tuesday) is an additional $25 per person. Reservations for County Night Out will be made with your Roundup Registration.
4-H provides many opportunities for developing a variety of communication methods. Each method provides valuable life skills development.
Two years ago Photography and Graphic Arts were introduced, and interest continues to grow. The classes were taken directly from the Fair Book in an effort to assist youth in developing project(s) which can later be exhibited at the fair. The guidelines, resources and a score sheet are posted on the Roundup website.
This year we are introducing a new method of communication - Video Production.
Interview judging is being used with exhibitors in each of these disciplines. To learn more about this form of judging go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s594NX48p1s.
All exhibits are due before Roundup, because the judges review the exhibits before meeting with the exhibitor. During the interview with the judge, the photos/graphic art/video will be discussed, and the youth will share their creative experience and knowledge learned.
Exhibits must be in the state 4-H office no later than June 15.
Please consider teaching an educational workshop at State 4-H Roundup, which will be held on the OSU campus July 26-28, 2017.
State 4-H Council members and the Roundup planning committee are looking to you to share your skills, leadership and expertise to further the success of 4-H'ers across Oklahoma! This is your call to join other forward thinkers to explore, create, and celebrate Oklahoma 4-H.
What is your area of expertise? Parliamentary procedure, landscape design, performing arts, animal nutrition, engineering, natural resources, leadership, or quilting? How about duct tape creations? All submissions are considered!
Nearly 900 teens and adult volunteers come together on the campus of Oklahoma State University for this event. Each person chooses from a wide selection of topics taught by university faculty, Extension professionals, volunteers, and 4-H teens just like you! Interested in sharing your knowledge and passion? Check out the attached workshop proposal.
The deadline to submit your proposal is April 1st!
The 2017 4-H STEM Robotics Institute will be held on the OSU Stillwater campus May 24-25.
$25 person will cover workshop supplies, three meals and snacks.
$60 per person to stay in the OSU suites, which is optional.
The training will begin at 10 am, May 24, and conclude at 3:30 pm, May 25, with approximately 12 hours of educational programming in between. The Robotics group will wrap up by working as a team to tackle Robotic challenges.
This should be a terrific experience for any group of 4-H members. The goal of this will be for the teams to return home and start robotic clubs.
Attached Registration Form is due May 1, 2017.
Do YOU have what it takes to be a STAR?
Have you always pictured yourself performing on the Roundup stage? If so, the 2016 Oklahoma 4-H Roundup 4-H Has Talent competition is for you. Get the chance to show your skills on stage in front of nearly 1,000 fellow 4-Hers, parents/volunteers, and educators. Sing a song, do a dance, tell a joke or just do something unusual. Use YOUR creativity and wow the crowd!
Deadline for all the entries must be received (not postmarked!!!) in the state 4-H office by May 15, 2017
We are looking for videos that make in impression, tell a story, that cause the audience to stop and think.
Videos can be your story, the story of how 4-H made a difference in your community, a story about the past, the present, or the future. Videos can bring issues to life - food insecurity, water conservation, health crises, safety concerns, or an environmental topic. The best stories are your stories, the topics you believe in and are passionate about.
Selected videos will be showcased at State 4-H Roundup, 4-H social media outlets, and submitted to the National 4-H FilmFest.
Oklahoma 4H AgSummit
Oklahoma State University
July 11-12, 2017
The Oklahoma 4-H AgSummit is a new event designed to teach youth about emerging agricultural issues we will be facing as a society in 2050.
Program Fee is $25 for two days and one night on campus. (This fee is subsidized by the 4-H Farm Bureau Professorship.) Conference participation will be limited to 80 youth and 20 adults. Chaperones will be required for each group attending.
Registration is due June 15, 2016.
- Introduce 4-H youth to the agricultural challenge of feeding the world in 2050.
- Challenge 4-H youth to join CASNR and personally address these future issues.
- Task participants to return to their home communities and share this information with decision-makers or local agricultural boards in order to advance their citizenship skills.
Considering that by 2050 the global population will exceed 9 billion people, the question we need to address is, "In the context of changing climate and diminishing land and water resources, are we prepared to feed, clothe, and shelter everyone on Earth without wreaking havoc on the environment? It has been estimated that we will need to increase food production from anywhere between 50 and 70 percent or even double food production from today (October, 2014.)
Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Upon returning home, the teams of youth and adults who participate from each county will be expected to make a 15-minute presentation to local stakeholders or an agricultural board (such as Farm Bureau.) During their presentation time, the 4-H youth will educate the board on emerging agricultural issues related to future food security, current research, and possible solutions.
April 8th - State 4-H and FFA Horse Judging contest at Totusek arena. Entries are due to the state office on Monday, April 3. Contest begins sharply at 9 am.
April 15th - Ranch Roping and Boxing clinic sponsored by the National Reined Cowhorse Youth Assocation. Clinicians will include Russell Dilday and Todd Crawford. Reigstration is open to the first 40 riders but auditing is unlimited. Clinic will start at 8 am.
4-H is launching the annual True Leaders in Service initiative in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Month. True Leaders in Service, a month-long community service activation, will officially kick-off the first day of April, and culminate with the National 4-H Day of Service on Saturday, April 29.
Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising will be hosting a conference June 26-28, 2017 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.
- Gain understanding of basic textiles, drawing for fashion and interiors, and design thinking
- Complete activities related to apparel design, interior design, and fashion merchandising
- Explore current events and new technologies in apparel design, interior design, and merchandising
- Understand careers in apparel design and production, interior design, and fashion merchandising
- Experience the atmosphere of learning at the university
- Interact with apparel design, interior design and fashion merchandising industry professionals.
- Share experiences and enthusiasm with others in district and home counties
Camp TURF is a two-week residential summer academy for youth who will be entering their ninth or tenth grade year this fall. This year's Camp TURF runs from June 4-16 and is free to attend. Participants stay in residential suites on the OSU campus and spend the days doing hands-on activities to explore career fields in horticulture and landscape architecture. In the evenings, recreational activities such as painting, swimming, bowling, etc. occur. The academy is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and is available to any Oklahoma resident currently finishing 8th or 9th grade this spring, regardless of attendance at public, private, or home schools. The application is available at http://www.hortla.okstate.edu/camp-turf. Send completed applications to Dr. Shelley Mitchell at email@example.com. Applications will be accepted starting March 15, and participants will start being selected on April 1st until all 25 spots are filled.
Thursdays at 3 pm resume on March 23 and will be conducted every other week. Please mark your calendar as information is pertinent to all staff with 4HOnline privileges as a county admin or county manager. Each webinar will be recorded for the convenience of your schedule and for future reference.
Mark the following dates on your calendar: 3/23, 4/6, 4/20, 5/4, 5/18, 6/1
March 23 - Review - Approving NEW Volunteer Enrollment (Adult and Teen)
April 6 - Review - Group Enrollment
April 20 - Review - Recording Shooting Sports Youth Certification and Active Coaches/Helpers
Join us at Adobe Connect http://dasnr.adobeconnect.com/fourhonline/
ADULT Reenrollment (2/27/2017) - Online or Paper Enrollment
NEW Adult Volunteer Enrollment (2/24/17)
NEW Teen Volunteer Management (2/28/2017)
Managing Training (2/9/2017)
Trainings - Master list of trainings uploaded to 4HOnline with descriptions.(2/9/17)
SS Annual Certification Report (2/9/17)
Sign up for National 4-H newsletters to stay connected with what's happening in 4-H. Get information about national youth events, programs and contests, read stories of youth impact, check out the latest curriculum, and buy 4-H apparel and club supplies. http://4-h.org/newsletters/#!features-panel-1
All webinars take place at 1 pm CST
May 9, 2017 - Coordinators are the Key (global citizenship)
By Lisa Terry, Montana State University Extension, FCS and 4-H Agent
International youth exchanges are a positive and exciting addition to state 4-H citizenship programs. Adult educators and volunteers can get involved by acting as local coordinators when exchange students are hosted by local families. Being a local coordinator is a great way to expand the global citizenship component of your 4-H program. Successfully coordinating this total immersion program has tremendous impacts on positive youth development for participants in both the host and the sending country. Join us for this presentation to unlock the door to cultural competencies, communication, cooperation and character building.
September 12, 2017 - What's happening around the world? (global citizenship)
By Chesley Davis, CEC 4-H Agent, University of Georgia
Extension educators and youth from around the world met in Ottawa, Canada in July at the 4-H Global Summit. Speakers and workshop presenters came from across the US and Canada as well as Finland, Scotland, Ghana, Nigeria, Jamaica, and Pakistan. Each day focused on a specific topic: 1) Community engagement and communications; 2) science and technology; 3) sustainable ag and food security; 4) the environment and healthy living. Learn much more about this event and about how you can get involved in future global 4-H summits.
November 7, 2017 - Put kids and politicians in the same room and watch what happens: State and local government youth development programs (domestic citizenship)
By Darren Bagley, Extension Educator, Michigan State University
You will hear about three citizenship programs in Michigan:
Citizenship Academy - In most K-12 educational programs, youth learn a great deal about federal government, a small bit about state government, and very little about local or tribal government. Citizenship Academy teaches young people about county and/or tribal governments. We connect high school-age students with county and/or tribal leaders. Activities include touring and meeting with department leaders, locally elected officials. Then, the youth go through an issues identification process and present their recommendations to the elected officials.
Youth Conservation Council - A statewide group of young people select an environmental topic and present it to a state senate committee. The entire process is driven by the youth. Youth select the topic, run the meetings, gather the research, write the paper, and perform the presentation. The work of these young people has changed the laws of the state.
Capitol Experience - Youth learn about state government. They are divided into issues groups, roughly correlating to state committees and then the youth visit state agencies, lobbyists, legislative aides, and community organizations related to their topic.
Theme: 4-H Volunteers: Let the Good Times Grow
Registration with workshops will be posted at http://4h.okstate.edu/parents-volunteers/conferences by April 24th. The conference will be publicized directly to families through the 4HOnline system. Please assist with distributing the materials to families who do not have an email address.
Early bird registration is $40. After May 26 the registration will be $50.
The 2017 State Parent-Volunteer Conference will be held June 24th in Stillwater. Conference objectives are:
- Sow Inspiration - All Youth Need to BELONG - Creating environments where members are provided opportunities for relationships and to know they are cared about by others. Youth who experience Belonging, tend to be trusting and friendly people.
- Feed Creativity - All Youth Need to Experience MASTERY - Creating opportunities for meaningful accomplishments where youth develop skills and confidence. Youth with productive opportunities to experience Mastery tend to become problem-solvers who are motivated and achievement-oriented.
- Cultivate Integrity - All Youth Need to Practice Helping Others Through GENEROSITY - Creating opportunities to develop individual moral strength, learning to put the needs of others first and experience being needed. Youth who experience Generosity become caring and empathetic people.
- Grow Communication - Creating opportunities to exchange thoughts, information or messages between individuals; sending and receiving information using speech, writing, gestures and artistic expression.
- Harvest Confidence - All Youth Need to Experience INDEPENDENCE - Creating opportunities to be able to influence people and events and face consequences. Youth who experience opportunities to be Independent become confident and self-disciplined individuals, as well as capable leaders.
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.