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,
With Thanksgiving just around the corner I have caught myself thinking of the all the things I have to be thankful for. With that I share my A-Z Thanksgiving list and truly hope you put your list down in words!
A - I am thankful for the Allens, my parents (and Ag in the Classroom)!
B - I am thankful for Bacon...enough said.
C - I am thankful for my wife Cathy.
D - I am thankful for my Daughters.
E - I am thankful for my Education and Employment.
F - I am thankful for Family, Friends and Farmers.
G - I am thankful for the color Green.
H - I am thankful for HHHH and my Health.
I - I am thankful for having an Imagination. It is a very powerful tool!
J - I am thankful for Jokes and the Joy they bring.
K - I am thankful when KABAM happens - when my Knowledge And Behaviors Align with my Motivation.
L - I am thankful for my Life.
M - I am thankful for all of my Memories...good and bad!
N - I am thankful for Nature and all of its beauty!
O - I am thankful for Oklahoma State University (See E above).
P - I am thankful for working in the area of Positive Youth Development.
Q - I am thankful for Questions. Without them how could we ever learn?
R - I am thankful for Rest and Relaxation. Remember to make time for these!
S - I am thankful for Sleep. Any question? Read R above!
T - I am thankful for Trees. They are so cool to climb!
U - I am thankful to live in the United States of America.
V - I am thankful for Voting and the privilege to do so - and for Volunteers.
W - I am thankful for the Wonder in the eyes of children as they learn something new!
X - I am thankful for the XOXOs I have received in my life.
Y - I am thankful for the Youth we are allowed to work with.
Z - I am thankful for the Zeal and Zest you exhibit as 4-H Educators!
Please know that I am THANKFUL for each of you and the work you do for the youth of Oklahoma!
State 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director, OCES
Registration materials are available for the 2015 Oklahoma CWF Trip!
Citizenship Washington Focus is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth. For six weeks of the summer, delegations of 15-19 year-olds from across the country attend this program at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, located just outside Washington, D.C. The program is aimed at enriching young people's lives by broadening their appreciation and respect for themselves and others in the world. Participants attend workshops, committees, 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 11-21, 2015. The trip will also 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/citizenship-washington-focus-2/citizenship-washington-focus or call Tracy Beck at 405-744-8891.
Registration materials and payment are due in the State 4-H Office February 27, 2015.
OSU Athletics is once again offering 4-H a reduced price for both a Cowgirl and a Cowboy basketball game. We hope you will mark your calendars to attend a game - or maybe both!
- January 24, 2015 - Cowgirl Basketball - OSU v. TCU - Use Promo Code: WB144H - Cost: $5 per Ticket
- February 21, 2015 - Cowboy Basketball - OSU v. West Virginia - Use Promo Code: MB144H - Cost: $10 per Ticket
To receive these special prices visit www.okstate.com/tickets and click redeem promo code at the top.
Oklahoma 4-H members will soon be starting to raise money for the 2015 Kids Helping Kids Campaign. While the campaign is a fundraiser for local 4-H clubs across the state, it is also a community service project for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Oklahoma City, a nonprofit organization that provides "a home away from home" for families with seriously ill or injured children who are being treated in the Oklahoma City area. In the campaign, 4-H'ers across the state will be asking friends, neighbors, local businesses and caring strangers for donations in exchange for a coupon to participating McDonald's restaurants in Oklahoma. Of the funds raised, one half will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City, one third will remain in participating local 4-H programs and one sixth will be given to the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation.
All registration materials must be postmarked to the state 4-H office by Dec. 10. The campaign will last until the end of February, with all summary forms due back in the state 4-H office on February 27, 2015. The top fundraisers in the state will receive prizes like an Xbox One, Beats Solo headphones or even a Mini Jambox wireless speaker! All 4-H'ers who raise $50 or more will also have their names entered in a drawing to win a Kindle Fire HD or an iPod Shuffle.
For more information about this campaign, visit 4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/kids-helping-kids-1 or contact Kristin Knight at 405-744-7960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attached are the 2014 Horse Topic Speech and Illustrated Presentation Contest and State Horse Quiz Bowl Contest guidelines and registration materials. In conjunction with this event, there will be a digital photography contest as well. This year's Horse Communication Day contests will be Saturday, February 7, 2015. As in years past, there is a pre-registration process, and those team and individual registrations are due no later than Monday, January 26, 2015. (Details are attached). Please don't hesitate to call Dr. Kris Hiney at 405-744-9291 or email email@example.com if you have questions and PLEASE forward and distribute this information with all youth and families with interest in your county.
- Quiz Bowl Registration Form
- Speech Contest Registration Form
- Speech and Illustrated Presentations Contest Guidelines
- Horse Media Contest
- Photo Entry Form
- Photo Release Form
Dr. Kris Hiney, Equine Extension Specialist
Saturday, February 14nd
OSU Animal Science Arena, Stillwater
Attention youth without any, just a little or with a lot of experience with horse judging activities. This clinic is for all of you! With the help of college coaches, members of the past and present OSU Collegiate Horse Judging Team will work with small groups of youth similar to a practice workout. Instruction, guidance and encouragement on placing classes, organizing notes and giving reasons will be provided by students, educators and youth with past experience with competitive judging. We'll present classes for halter and one or two performance classes in which the youth will place and develop reasons in their small groups. Youth will be given the opportunity to present reasons in a similar fashion as they would at the State 4-H and FFA Horse Judging Contest. The registration brochure is attached.
Dr. Kris Hiney, Equine Extension Specialist
A partnership between the Cooperative Extension System and the Department of Defense has provided the funding for a national military youth development and professional development program. Through this initiative, active college students have the opportunity to develop professional skills developing and facilitating youth development through experiential work experience with military children, youth, and families throughout the nation.
Project YES interns receive high level training in leadership and youth development, group facilitation, and varied age-specific curricula and then provide youth development programs to military families throughout the nation. They receive a daily stipend and assistance with travel expenses for their efforts. Participating interns remain at their home universities and colleges for the duration of the Project YES internship.
Project YES will accept applications for the 2015-2016 cohort though February 28, 2015. Students will be notified of their application’s status in April, 2015.
Visit http://militaryfamilies.extension.org/yes-intern-program/ for more information about the internship, including program descriptions, application requirements and instructions, and frequently asked questions and answers.
Specific questions regarding the internship may be referred to JC Johnson, North Carolina State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4-H families looking for an international experience for their children may want to consider the Japanese Exchange Homestay program. After many years without an international exchange, we hosted again for this year and had 10 youth and one adult from the LABO program. This international experience involves hosting a Japanese brother or sister for a month during the summer break. Delegates range in age from 12 to 16, but most of the delegates are 12 to 14. All of the Japanese students have studied English, but they need an opportunity to practice their spoken English. Here's a newsletter article that you can include in your next newsletter or Facebook page. We understand how busy you are so all you need to do is share this information and we will take care of all of the follow-up with host families. Thanks.
Newsletter or Facebook Post
Oklahoma 4-H families interested in an international experience may want to consider the Japanese homestay program for 2015. We are looking for 15 to 20 host families that will provide a safe environment for a Japanese brother or sister for one month. Most of the delegates are between 12 and 15 years old and a host brother or sister within 2 years of the same age is required. The tentative dates for the program are July 25 through August 22. There are no financial incentives for the host families, but we will provide at least one outing to the zoo, aquarium or science museum at no cost to the family. Delegates will be picked up and returned to the OKC area. For more information or to sign up as a host family, please go to this link: http://www.states4hexchange.org and follow the links for the "inbound program." Or contact Jim Rutledge at the State 4-H Office at email@example.com.
National 4-H Council is pleased to offer a series of monthly 4-H Healthy Living Webcasts the third Tuesday of each month at 1 PM and 6:30 PM EST. These 90-minute sessions will feature an expert presenter on the topic of the month for one hour, including Q and A, and 30 minutes of 4-H Healthy Living updates (information on new resources and funding opportunities, a healthy recipe of the month, a healthy activity, etc.). Emcees for the webcasts will be teens from the National 4-H Healthy Living Management Team. You must register to get access information. Registration information will be emailed to each office.
The December feature is "Health Rocks!" Activities on December 16, with Shane Potter of Nebraska
This professional and volunteer development opportunity is provided through the partnership between Walmart and National 4-H Council and will continue through May, 2015.
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.