Under Our Wings/Quilts of Valor

Bake and Take Opportunity

"What do you See?" National 4-H Arts Exhibition


4-H Working with Minors Training - Revised Version

NEW - Title VII & IX Volunteer Training

Volunteer Continuing Education/Training (Teens and Adults)


State 4-H Ambassador Applications

4-H Horticulture Judging Contest Updates


Citizenship Washington Focus

January Adult Leaders Conference - Horses, Heifers and Hounds

Grady/McClain 4-H Dog Show & Clinic

4-H National Conference


New! Curriculum Resources for Personal Development


4-H Volunteers: Let the Good Times Grow


Welcome to 4-H

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.

January, 2017

Dear Educators and Volunteers,

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes,
then you are making new things,
trying new things,
pushing yourself,
changing yourself,
changing your world.

You're doing things you've never done before.

To every educator, volunteer, parent, support staff, professional and 4-H member, I am GRATEFUL for you!!


Kevin Allen
State 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director, OCES



Under Our Wings/Quilts of Valor

The Under Our Wings program would give 4-H members the opportunity to learn a skill - quilting, with the help of a mentor (if needed), as well as perform a community service by honoring local veterans and service members. They will also have the honor and privilege of presenting the completed quilt(s) to a veteran/service member(s) in their community. http://www.qovf.org/

To accomplish this, there would be a mentor, an experienced quilter, who would meet with the 4-H leader and work with them through UOW Program to create a Quilt of Valor. You have the choice of working on one top together or each 4-H'er could make his/her own quilt top. The mentor or group leader will work with the 4-H'ers  to purchase the fabric needed, choose a simple pattern they can download for free from the QOVF website,  procure a sewing machine (if a group member(s) has a machine they can bring it as well) and the sewing tools necessary for cutting and sewing the top. The mentor or group leader will guide the 4-H'ers through all the steps to construct the top. After completion, the mentor or group leader will take or send the quilt top(s) to a longarmer (one can be requested on the QOVF website under "Request a Longarmer") and have it/them finished, then return the quilt to the 4-H'ers for presentation. The only cost is the fabric and supplies for making the quilt. Kits are available for purchase, but you can also get your own fabric and supplies. 

4-H Quilting Curriculum: http://4h.unl.edu/4hcurriculum/fiber-arts
Recorded programming in the textile arts: http://www.quiltingdaily.com/, http://www.fonsandporter.com/ or http://video.wpt.org/show/sewing-nancy/.

Karla Knoepfli

Bake and Take Opportunity

Oklahoma is often recognized for being a leading state in wheat production. Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center (FAPC) is excited to promote and recognize this commodity by celebrating Bake and Take Month in March. In addition, FAPC will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017 of discovering, developing and delivering technical and business information that stimulates and supports the growth of value-added food and agricultural products and processing in Oklahoma.

4-H members across the state are encouraged to bake products made with locally grown wheat and use Made in Oklahoma products while completing the steps of service learning: preparation, action, reflection and celebration.

Contest Description and Rules:

  1. This contest is open to all 4H members and clubs.
  2. Make a cake/cupcakes from scratch. No cake mixes allowed.
  3. The cake and/or its decorations must contain at least two Made in Oklahoma (MIO) ingredients. Please visit the following websites to find suggested MIO ingredients. www.madeinoklahoma.net and www.madeinoklahomacoalition.net
  4. The cake must be themed as a 20th anniversary celebration of FAPC. This can be done through decorations like candles, writing of frosting or other edible graphic elements. Please look at the FAPC website to learn more about the center for ideas.  http://www.fapc.biz
  5. The cake can be any size, shape or flavor.
  6. All elements of the cake must be made and decorated only by the club members or individual entering the contest. No premade store decorations permitted unless they are candles.
  7. Three high quality clear digital photos must be submitted with the understanding that these photos may be used by 4-H or FAPC on social media or for other marketing purposes to promote the event.
    • Photo #1: a photo of the member(s) making and/or decorating the cake
    • Photo #2: a photo of the entire completed cake.
    • Photo #3: a group photo of the individuals responsible and the completed cake.
  8. The three photos must be submitted with the following information:
    • City and County of the 4H group or individual, name of the 4H leader/volunteer, email address and phone number of leader, names and ages of participant(s).
    • Describe the cake and how it fits into the FAPC anniversary celebration theme.
    • List the made in Oklahoma products used.
  9. All information and photos must be submitted by 5pm on March 20, 2017.  These entries must be emailed to andrea.graves@okstate.edu


  1. Two prizes will be given out, one for each category. Both individual and club entries will be judged together.
    • Junior - participants aged 9-13 years of age before January 1, 2017
    • Senior - participants aged 14-18 years of age before January 1, 2017
    • If the group has a combination of both age groups the submission will automatically default to the senior category.
  2. Applicants of the winning cake entries for both the Junior and Senior categories will receive:
    • $100 total for the group or individual winning two entries from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission
    • An FAPC anniversary swag bag
    • A ticket to the 2017 Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show for each winning team member and team leader or 4 tickets for an individual winning entry. The tickets¬† from world renown sugar artist and Food Network star, Kerry Vincent to attend the 2017 Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show at the Tulsa State Fair (September 30 - October 1)
    • http://kerryvincent.com/
    • http://oklahomasugarartists.com/
    • An optional opportunity to recreate their cakes at the Fun with Sugar event in Tulsa in April 2017. http://oklahomasugarartists.com/fun-with-sugar/
  3. The entries will be judged on: use of Made in Oklahoma products, best depiction of theme, creativity, technique and neatness.

For questions please email FAPC marketing specialist Andrea Graves andrea.graves@okstate.edu , or FAPC milling and baking specialist Renee Nelson at renee.albers_nelson@okstate.edu. For telephone enquires please contact Graves or Nelson at the Stillwater FAPC office, 405-744-6071.

Cathy Allen

"What do you See?" National 4-H Arts Exhibition

Description: C:\Users\kknoepf\Dropbox\What do You See_ OK\2014\Calvin WKSP\Aliese\Rook chess board.JPGWe have thousands of Oklahoma 4-H members enrolled in the Communications and Expressive Arts project area.

Art is a very personal and subjective form of expression. The "What Do You See" activity is in its fourth year. It is a non-competitive program that 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 or some other form of visual medium.

A national 4-H "Interpretive Web Exhibition" has been developed to showcase art. The exhibition is open for public viewing on WordPress https://4hwhatdoyousee.wordpress.com/.

Materials can be submitted at any time by the member. Everything is electronic - pictures of the art, recording of the music, etc.

Annually, items submitted by June 1 will be posted on the national WordPress site and, when possible, will be showcased at the State 4-H Parent-Volunteer Conference, State 4-H Roundup and other possible venues.

Attached is a copy of the criteria and application. These materials will be distributed in January to youth through 4HOnline if enrolled in Communication and Expressive Arts, Photography and other related projects.

There are a variety of resources and lesson ideas posted at http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/state-events-activities/what-do-you-see.

Karla Knoepfli

Training and Staff Development

Description: WWM graphic for web4-H Working with Minors Training - Revised version

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.

e-Xtension Model is up and running. Forty-one volunteer and staff have completed training since September 1, 2016.

Be sure to record the training on the volunteer’s record in 4HOnline. See 4HOnline help sheet “How to Manage Training.”

Karla Knoepfli

NEW - Title VII & IX Volunteer Training

Description: Title VII & IX SlideThe “initial” training (PPT and teaching notes) for ALL volunteers is posted http://4h.okstate.edu/for-educators/volunteer-management-system/title-vii-and-ix-training-for-volunteers. This session has not been recorded and in the initial stages would be best conducted face-to-face with volunteers. County staff will be notified when the independent study for volunteers is made public.

Be sure to record the training on the volunteer's record in 4HOnline. See 4HOnline help sheet “How to Manage Training.”

Prior to conducting the session with volunteers, professionals are strongly encouraged to complete the OSU staff on-line training or campus face-to-face training.

Professionals cannot receive credit using the training created for volunteers. The employee training module is available through OSU's Learning Management System at http://hr.okstate.edu/. Search for the training titled “Staff Only - 2016 Title VII and IX Training.” Once completed it is recorded on your employee transcript.

Karla Knoepfli

Volunteer Continuing Education/Training (Teens and Adults)

Review help sheet How to Manage Training (posted 5/16/2016)

  • Training is linked to the enrollment/program year. The year will be reflected in the individual's profile. On August 31, all annual training is archived at rollover and the volunteer starts with a clean slate.

  • Reminder - Training/continuing education must be a minimum of 1 hour.

  • Business meetings DO NOT count toward Training and should be recorded as attendance under the Activities Tab.

  • Adult training records are not linked to the Federal ES237. DO NOT record ADULT training as Group Enrollment in 4HOnline. Please do not waste time entering the data as it does not feed into the ES237 and you will be asked to delete the information.

  • Training can be added to any member (youth and volunteer) or contact's profile. Title IX and WWM training for Teens and Adults must be recorded under different headings. Please note that each is labeled - TEEN or ADULT.

  • The county will enter county level training(s) on the member's profile. Any certificate or proof of participation will be uploaded in the member's profile under the heading "Volunteer Personnel File - new and returning" in the box labeled "Paperwork." Merge existing and new documents through Adobe Acrobat Pro or http://www.pdfmerge.com/.

  • District and state level training/conferences will be entered by the managing body.

Need a review on recording training? See the August 18, 2016, Th@3- Password Reset; Volunteer and Youth Enrollment; and Recording Training & Group Enrollment (54 minutes in Adobe Connect)

Karla Knoepfli


State 4-H Ambassador Applications

2017 State 4-H Ambassador applications will be available January 5th and can be found on the 4-H Ambassador website.

Please note that applications must be postmarked by March 1st. The deadline is one month earlier than in the past.

Please encourage 4-H members to carefully follow directions when completing their applications. Applications should be returned to Cathy Allen at the State 4-H Office.

Cathy Allen, 4-H Ambassador Advisor

4-H Horticulture Judging Contest Updates

Starting next year, the identification part of the horticulture judging contest will be expanded to include a new category, Turfgrasses and Weeds, as well as additional specimens in the other categories. The updated list is on the OSU Horticulture and Landscape Architecture webpage at http://www.hortla.okstate.edu/research-and-outreach/programs/youth/pdfs-youth-programs/HortContest_IDsheet_2016.pdf. The contest occurs in the fall each year, in conjunction with other 4-H contests in Entomology, Agronomy, and Consumer Science. Junior and senior 4-H youth compete in horticulture identification and judging, then go over the correct answers and tour the OSU teaching greenhouses, finishing with a fun activity over plants.

Shelley Mitchell


Citizenship Washington Focus

Registration materials have beenposted 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 tracy.beck@okstate.edu

Registration materials and payment will be due in the state 4-H office by February 28, 2017.

Tracy Beck

January Adult Leaders Conference - Horses, Heifers and Hounds

The January Adult Horse Leaders Conference will be January 21st from 9 to 5. Cost of attendance is $25 and will include lunch.

We will begin with discussions about community service, interpersonal conflict and youth development. In the afternoon we will have hands-on workshops based on dogs and horses.

Information can be found at http://osuhorse.com/ under "4-H and Youth Activities, Horses, Heifers and Hounds."

Kris Hiney

Grady/McClain 4-H Dog Show & Clinic

The Grady/McClain 4-H Dog Show & Clinic will take place Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the McClain County Fairgrounds in Purcell. Registration begins at 9:30. More information can be found here. The entry form is here.

Liz Taylor


New! Curriculum Resources for Personal Development

Personal Development lessons can be incorporated into any project area or stand alone for a Personal Development Project. The committee of Cheryl Newberry, Dana Baldwin, Gerri Ballard, Jan Maples and Cathy Allen have worked for two years to totally revamp the Personal Development project resources. Now Oklahoma 4-H has a comprehensive curriculum, not only for personal development but also for heritage scrapbooks and scrapbooking.

Picture Perfect YOUth is the name of the new personal development curriculum. This resource features three youth manuals for ages 9-11, 12-14, and 15-19. A leader guide is also provided to give leaders and educators a general overview of the project materials and how to enhance the project. Additionally, a brand new Heritage Scrapbook Manual has been developed to more clearly define the contents of this project. All three age levels are included in the one manual. The Scrapbooking project manual is for all ages and provides six lessons and activities to teach scrapbooking basics. This resource will help prepare youth to develop quality scrapbooking projects.

The 2017 State Fair category for Personal Development has undergone a complete overhaul as well. There are 21 classes, 7 for each age division. Five classes in each age division directly relate to specific lessons in the new Personal Development curriculum. The other two in each age division are heritage scrapbook and scrapbook.

To access the new curriculum, the updated fair category information and more, visit the Personal Development website at Literature Online. http://4h.okstate.edu/literature-links/lit-online/leadership-personal_development/personal-development/personal-development-resources

Questions? Call Cathy Allen or Cheryl Newberry.

Cheryl Newberry



4-H Volunteers: Let the Good Times Grow

The 2017 State Parent-Volunteer Conference will be held June 24th in Stillwater. The conference theme is "4-H Volunteers: Let the Good Times Grow."

2017 conference objectives will GROW the Eight Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development.

  • 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.

Applications are now being accepted for workshops. Application due March 3, 2017. Download application at http://4h.okstate.edu/parents-volunteers/conferences

County, District and State Volunteer of the Year and Life-time Volunteers will continue to be recognized at the luncheon. Electronic nominations are due to the District 4-H Office no later than 5:00 PM on or before March 14- nomination includes volunteer resume, 3 letters of recommendations and an electronic photograph. Application available at 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, Karla Knoepfli, Advisor

2017 Volunteer Recognition and Awards

Details in the September 2016 issue of Focus on Youth http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/focus/2016/september/sept.html

With county awards/banquet season coming to a conclusion this would be the time to draft the resume and application for the 2017 recognition program. A county may submit one nominee for each of the two awards:

  • Volunteer of the Year (less than 10 years of experience)
  • Lifetime Volunteer Awards (an accumulation of 10 or more years of experience).

County nominee(s) will be recognized at the state awards luncheon on June 24, 2017 as part of the State Parent-Volunteer Conference.

Starting now allows the educator and volunteer time to prepare an outstanding resume representative of that individual’s contributions to the 4-H program. Electronic nominations are due to the district 4-H office no later than 5:00 PM on or before March 14 - nomination includes volunteer resume, three letters of recommendations and an electronic photograph.

Karla Knoepfli


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.