4-H Summer Science Students - STEMist

1st Annual Oklahoma 4-H Foundation Dr. Ron and Linda Sholar Essay Contest

USDA AgDiscovery Camp 2017

Bake and Take Opportunity

Quilts of Valor/Under Our Wings




Sign Up for National 4-H Newsletters

NAE4-HA Citizenship Webinar Series 2017-2018



4-H Ambassador Applications



Seeking Roundup Workshop Proposals

STEM Institute - Robotics Training May 24-25, 2017, OSU

AgSummit 2017

Horse Events in April

National 4-H Day of Service - April 29

Design Institute




4-H Working with Minors Training - Revised version

2017 Volunteer Recognition and Awards

Introduced 2016 - Title VII & IX Volunteer Training

4-H Volunteers: Let the Good Times Grow - Workshop Application


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.

March, 2017

Dear Educators and Volunteers,

Head, Heart, Hands and Health: What 4-H means

What the different Hs mean for the backbone of 4-H.

A sense of belonging is something that people in society generally look for, and youth are no exception. In the developmental stages of ages 9 through 11, belonging is a key component to growth and development. In a 4-H setting, it is important for clubs to say the 4-H pledge at each meeting in order for their members to have a sense of belonging. Making a commitment to the four Hs helps the members commit to something bigger than themselves. Head, Heart, Hands and Health are the words by which thousands of 4-H members live. Each time they recite the pledge they are giving their all, not only for their club, their community and themselves, but also for the whole world. 

"I pledge my Head to clearer thinking," is a way of saying that 4-H members will dispel all the thoughts and ideas that will only hold them back as an individual growing in today’s society. Through these words members learn to stop caring solely about themselves and concentrate more on other people and things that are in greater need than they are. 4-H members can grow as individuals with leadership skills and kindness to make the world better for all. Thinking with a clearer head also allows 4-H members to think of other things of greater importance in life, such as heart.

"I pledge my Heart to greater loyalty," is pledging to care more for other people versus only thinking of one’s self. Through the pledge, members commit to being faithful to each and every person and guarantee to help out if anyone is ever in need. The ability to have "heart" can make a member become a giving person who puts others needs before their own and gives out what they need with their Hands.

"My Hands to larger service," is a promise to give the world as much as a member can. Like "heart," giving your hands to larger service is when a member steps back from their own personal needs and gives to others what they can. Through "Hands" 4-H members gain the ability to give strength to others. 4-H members have the opportunity to get out in the community and show everyone how much care their hands hold, while being able to maintain their own personal Health.

"My Health to better living," is the only part of the 4-H pledge where a member thinks of themselves more than others. Through all the thinking, caring and giving it is easy to forget about one self and endanger personal health. The importance of knowing their own personal needs so they do not get overlooked because of the other three Hs is the main reason why a member can think, care and give so much to others to the best of their ability.

"For my club, my community, my country, and my world." The 4-H pledge stretches past local concerns to make the world better for all. The 4-H pledge has taught thousands to use their head and not think of themselves as much as they should think of others. It has taught them to love everyone with their heart, to give to people in need with their hands and to make sure that their own health is strong, to live better, while making their own personal best, better.

Borrowed from http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/head_heart_hands_and_health_what_4-h_means

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



4-H Summer Science Students - STEMist

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 jeff.sallee@okstate.edu 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.

Jeff Sallee

1st Annual Oklahoma 4-H Foundation Dr. Ron and Linda Sholar Essay Contest

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.

Blayne Arthur

USDA AgDiscovery Camp 2017

The attached information is about a great summer program for high school students who are interested in agricultural careers. Attached is a 2017 AgDiscovery brochure and application form and an informational sheet giving you more information about the Iowa State University AgDiscovery program. It is a 2-week residential program at 22 different universities, and all expenses are covered except transportation to and from the sponsoring university. Please pass on this information to youth or their leaders who might be interested. Please contact me if there are any questions about the program at Iowa State University.

For more information, please see the AgDiscovery website: www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery

This is a great opportunity for students to experience college dorm life and meet other students from around the country who are interested in agriculture, animal science or veterinary medicine.

The due date for the application is March 7, 2017. Please distribute this information to high school students who you think might appreciate this great opportunity to learn more about different agricultural careers. If you need more information about the program, please do not hesitate to contact me or look on the USDA website:  www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery.

Jeff Sallee

Bake and Take Opportunity

Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center (FAPC) is excited to promote and recognize Oklahoma-grown wheat 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 http://miocoalition.com
  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).
  9. Describe the cake and how it fits into the FAPC anniversary celebration theme.
  10. List the Made in Oklahoma products used.
  11. 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)
    • An optional opportunity to recreate their cakes at the Fun with Sugar event in Tulsa in April 2017.
  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 , or FAPC milling and baking specialist Renee Nelson. For telephone enquires please contact Graves or Nelson at the Stillwater FAPC office, 405-744-6071.

Cathy Allen

Quilts of Valor/Under Our Wings

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

Karla Knoepfli

Training and Staff Development

Thursdays at 3 pm began again January 26. Sessions will be 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: 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20, 5/4, 5/18, 6/1.

Adobe Connect http://dasnr.adobeconnect.com/fourhonline/

Karla Knoepfli

Sign Up for National 4-H Newsletters

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

Kristin Knight

NAE4-HA Citizenship Webinar Series 2017-2018

All webinars take place at 1 pm CST

March 7, 2017 - Celebrating 4-H True Leaders in Service (domestic citizenship)
By Doug Swanson, 4-H National Headquarters, NIFA, USDA and Toby Lepley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Program, 4-H Youth Development


This April we will be celebrating and encouraging 4-H'ers to be True Leaders in Service. This month will culminate in a National 4-H Day of Service on April 29, 2017. This webinar will explain the concept, how to be involved, and what resources are available. 4-H professionals who have organized statewide and local participation in a 4-H Day of Service will provide examples of how to plan and implement appropriate service opportunities. There will also be a time to discuss and answer questions about preparing for this True Leaders in 4-H experience.  

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.

Karla Knoepfli


4-H Ambassador Applications

2017 4-H Ambassador applications can be found on the State 4-H Ambassador website. Applications must be submitted both electronically and through the U.S. mail service. Electronic applications must be submitted by March 15th, and hard copy applications must be post marked on or before March 16th to Cathy Allen at the state 4-H office. Please note the new application format. If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Allen. The application can be found at: http://4h.okstate.edu/leadership/4-h-ambassadors/becoming-an-ambassador

Cathy Allen


Seeking Roundup Workshop Proposals

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!  

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Cathy Allen at 405-744-8892 or Jeff Sallee at 405-744-8883.

Cathy Allen and Jeff Sallee

STEM Institute - Robotics Training May 24-25, 2017, OSU

For many years we have offered a two-day robotics training for new teams and coaches. We want to do the same thing this summer but with a new twist. We are seeking experienced coaches and teams to led workshops and Lego robotics trainings. We are hoping to wrap it up with a mock First Lego League style event to give your Robotics team a taste of the competition.

As you can see we have saved a date for the event, but we are looking for experienced teams to train others. If you have an existing Lego robotics team who would like to share their experiences, please let me know, and I will work with them to give them a leadership opportunity. Or, if you want to send a new team, save the date and be looking for more information.

Jeff Sallee

AgSummit 2017

Hold the Date! July 11-12, 2017, Oklahoma State University

We are in the process of planning an agricultural summit for youth ages 13 and up. Recently a group of educators and 4-H youth attended the National Agri-Science Summit in Washington D.C. They are excited to plan a similar event for teenage youth interested in learning more about the future of agriculture, food insecurity, and what it will take to feed the world in the year 2050.

Hold the Date, and be on the lookout for more information. You will not want to miss this chance to for your youth to explore the exciting future of agriculture.

Jeff Sallee

Horse Events in April

April 8th - State 4-H and FFA Horse Judging contest at Totusek arena. 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.

Kris Hiney

National 4-H Day of Service - April 29

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.

True Leaders in Service Guide
Toolkit - Resources for planning and promoting True Leaders in Service. Link for registering activities/events.

Karla Knoepfli


Design Institute

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

The registration form and general information and highlights of the 2016 program are posted. The registration deadline is April 30.

Karla Knoepfli


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 shelley.mitchell@okstate.edu. Applications will be accepted starting March 15, and participants will start being selected on April 1st until all 25 spots are filled.

Shelley Mitchell


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 WWM module - over 200 participants since September 1.


Description: Title VII & IX Slide

Introduced 2016 - Title VII & IX Volunteer Training

The 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.

Prior to conducting the session with volunteers you 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. Employee training is available through the university at http://hr.okstate.edu/TitleVIITitleIXTraining.

Karla Knoepfli

Reminder - 2017 Volunteer Recognition and Awards

Details in the September 2016 issue of Focus on Youth

Electronic nominations are due to the District 4-H Office no later than 5:00 PM on or before March 14.

Karla Knoepfli

4-H Volunteers: Let the Good Times Grow - Workshop Application

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."

Workshop applications being accepted, due March 3, 2017. Down load application at http://4h.okstate.edu/parents-volunteers/conferences

NE District Volunteer Board
Karla Knoepfli, Advisor


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.