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,
As Stock Show season and OYE are upon us, I believe the following article to be timely to help us remember and share the benefits of the 4-H Livestock Project (or any 4-H project)
The Benefit of the 4-H Livestock Project
What is the benefit of the 4-H Livestock Project? I am sure it is different for every 4-H'er depending on their goals and personal situation. As I write this short article, I could give you the typical answer of it builds character, creates discipline, teaches youth about agriculture, teaches sportsmanship, etc., etc. While all of that is true and right on point, I am not sure that it does justice to the core of what the 4-H Livestock Project can and does do for our youth.
To me one of the greatest values of the 4-H Livestock Program is that it allows 4-H'ers the opportunity to gain confidence in themselves by caring for something that is 100% dependent on them. I remember a young 4-H'er who was uncomfortable getting in a pen with the heifer that was to be his show heifer that year, but he had to because without him the heifer could not eat or drink and could not have a clean place to live. Over time, he gained the confidence he needed to complete the project. In the years since that heifer he has showed steers at our county show and major shows. Today, he no longer shows cattle but is routinely asked to show for other exhibitors when they have multiple animals in the same class. While this 4-H'er learned how to show cattle, the important life lesson is the self-worth and confidence he gained that will help him get through tough spots in his life and challenges that lie ahead.
The other major value I see in the 4-H Livestock Project can be said in one word, "Family." When it is done right there is no better activity that promotes family time and the opportunity for a family to work side by side on a common goal. As surveys and reports keep pointing out the fact that families spend less time together, families that participate in 4-H Livestock Projects together have the opportunity to spend time together. As a 4-H dad I love Saturday and Sunday mornings feeding with my son and just sitting there watching animals eat. What better time to talk about school, his dreams, goals, and problems. Finally, as the project year comes to an end and we put his animal on the truck I get to help celebrate our success and also comfort him through the loss of a friend, just one more life lesson that will stick with our 4-H’ers throughout their life. (http://texasyouthlivestock.com/benefit-4-h-livestock-project
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
Bake and Take 2015 will NOT be a contest. However we would still like to encourage you and your clubs to participate in this wonderful service project. Simply bake something made with wheat and take it to your neighbor or someone in need in the month of March. FAPC will be promoting the event by social media. If you want to be involved in the promotion, please email information about your project and pics to firstname.lastname@example.org
Horse Owner's Workshop (HOW) will be held on March 7th, 2015, at OSU and will cover topics like nutrition, health care, pasture management, and fire safety.
The Horse Owner's Workshop is intended to benefit the average horse owner by providing quality information on equine health, farm management and safety. The workshop will be held at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences in the morning and move to the Animal Science arena in the afternoon for smaller break-out sessions to allow for hands-on activities. Lunch is included with registration. More information here.
Adult Registration: $25 per person
Youth Registration: $15 per person
Kris Hiney, Equine Extension Specialist
The State 4-H and FFA Horse Judging contest will be held April 18th, 2015, at the Totusek Arena. Check-in begins at 8 am, and live judging begins at 9 am. Entries are due by Monday, April 13. Find registration information here: http://osuhorse.okstate.edu/4-h-and-youth-activities/state-judging-contest-april-18th
Kris Hiney, Equine Extension Specialist
Two online informational meetings will be held for parents and 4-H members that are interested in learning more about the 4-H Outdoor Adventure Program. The online meetings will be held March 17th at noon and March 24th at 5:30pm. The meetings will cover trip agenda, needed supplies, and requirements of the participants. You only need to attend one.
The week-long experience is slated for July 28-August 5, 2015, in the Weminuche Wilderness north of Durango, CO. This will provide 4-H Outdoor Adventurers a new experience as they will travel from Durango, CO, to the trailhead on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. After departing the train, adventurers will hike into the backcountry to spend 5 days and 4 nights hiking and camping.
On April 24-26, 2015, all participants are required to attend a Shake Down, which is basically a weekend for practicing backcountry skills, meeting new friends, and developing the teamwork skills that are necessary in the backcountry. At the shakedown, adventurers will learn numerous skills, including backpacking, hiking, camping and cooking.
Just as with all 4-H programming, this outdoor adventure will help participants develop leadership skills, character, integrity and teamwork, all while allowing them a chance to share their knowledge and skills with others and continue building upon those life skills they already have.
Registration for Oklahoma 4-H Outdoor Adventure 2015 will be $750, payable in three installments. Registration form and the first payment of $250 are due to the state 4-H office March 30, 2015. Registration forms and links to the online meetings can be found at http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/4-h-outdoor-adventures.
For more information, contact Steve Beck at email@example.com.
Due to the nature of Outdoor Adventure, trip details are subject to change.
4-H'ers are once again encouraged and to promote the importance of being an upstander and creating a positive school culture to end cyber and all other forms of bullying on a global basis by entering the Great American No Bull Challenge. Take the Challenge and Just say - No Bull!
Middle and high school students between the ages of 13 - 18 have until April 19, 2015, to create a 2-5 minute video or 30-60 second PSA or a Vine with a digital responsibility or a bullying prevention theme.
Students will submit their videos to the NO BULL Challenge no later than April 19, 2015, at 11:59 PM (PST). Check out the Resouces and the Toolkit available at http://www.nobullchallenge.org/#!resources/c1u0p to learn everything you need to know in order to create your video.
Exciting opportunity for talented 4-H members who write music, poetry and stories, draw, paint, sculpture, perform, make movies, take pictures, landscape design, etc....
The program goal is to expand the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and career exploration in the areas of communication and expressive arts through 4-H Youth Development efforts.
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, art, photography, video or some other form of visual medium.
Attached is a copy of the criteria and application. Entries are due electronically by June 1, 2015. All materials are posted at http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/what-do-you-see.
Check out the national exhibition at http://4hwhatdoyousee.wordpress.com/exhibition/
Do YOU have what it takes to be a STAR? Have you always pictured yourself performing on the Roundup stage? If so, the 2015 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, 2015.
Check-out this in-service opportunity, April 21, 2015, in Stillwater. This training will give you hands-on experience and introduce you to new ideas for incorporating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into your educational programs. We will cover current FAA guidelines, safety issues, and future applications of this new emerging technology.
The 2015 State 4-H Indoor Fair Classes have been updated and submitted to both fairs. Complete information is on the state 4-H website at http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/oklahoma-state-fairs
A couple of things to note:
- Counties are now limited to only one entry per class in all classes.
- The Entomology, Consumer, Horticulture and Crops contests will not be held as part of the Oklahoma State Fair. More information will be sent to counties at a later date.
- We are promoting the theme "Building Your 4-H Legacy," which is also the 2015 4-H Roundup theme.
- OKC will mail all of the checks made payable to youth to the county office address. There will be separate checks, but the county will have to distribute them. Tulsa has done this for several years and will continue their process.
- There is a new Pecan Exhibit Class which is very similar to the existing Peanut Exhibit. It is being sponsored by the Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association.
The OKC and Tulsa State Fair websites are linked to our Fair Page. Note: It is always a good idea to check their files. These will be available later this spring. If there are updates on dates/times/locations, theirs is the best source of information.
If you have questions about the upcoming state fairs, please contact Tracy Beck at 405-744-8891.
The State 4-H Hunting and Wildlife contest will be held March 28, 2015, at the Chain Ranch, west of Canton. The 4-H contest is part of the Canton Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC). Find registration information for the YHEC at www.yhec.org. Additional information on registration deadline, registration fee and due date can be found on the Shooting Sports webpage (http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/events/shoot.htm) in the Contest and Events section. Flyer
The State 4-H Outdoor Archery Contest for Juniors and Intermediates with a Senior Fun Shoot will be held April 11, 2015, at the Payne County Fairgrounds. Registration forms are due into the state 4-H office by Monday, April 6th, by 5:00 pm. Contest flyer, cover letter to coaches, Registration Form and Contest Rules can be found on the Shooting Sports webpage (http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/events/shoot.htm) in the Contest and Events section.
"Fabrics and Fashions" is now being referred to as "Design and Construction." The project currently includes apparel - ADC (clothing), interior - IDC (home and personal living space) and hobbies and textiles HTDC - (knitting, crocheting, quilting, embroidery, dying, weaving, etc.) The knowledge and skills compoenent of Consumer Education and Personal Image are still important and should be blended in as part of ADC, IDC and/or HTDC education.
The literature/curriculum section of the OK webpage has many new and old resources to guide project work. Please guide families and volunteers to the resources posted at http://4h.okstate.edu/literature-links/lit-online/family-consumer-science/fabric as individuals develop project work.
Use the skill sheet as a planning and educational tool. The age-appropriate sheet identifies specific skills and information to learn. Ask yourself, "What skills are necessary to learn and appropriate to apply to my project's design and construction?" The sheet is a guide to project work. Families, volunteers and 4-H members will be practicing the life skill of "learning to learn" as they find the resources for learning skills, techniques and knowledge include in the sheet. The sheet is also intended as a personal reflection for the 4-H member. Why? Because in the 4-H experiential learning model, reflection and application are just as important as the end product.
Nationwide this project is undergoing change. It is being associated with STEAM: Science/Technology/Engineering/Art/Mathematics. This is the reason the following general skills are emphasized in the project/product members are making.
- Structural Design: Construction technique, size, form, color and texture suited to the materials and product end use. The application of Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.
- Elements of Design: The finished product illustrates the member is learning or mastering the basic elements of design - line, shape or form, texture, color, and space. The application of Science and Art.
- Principles of Design: The finished product illustrates an awareness and application of the principles of harmony, proportion, balance, rhythm and emphasis adding dimension, interest and/or appeal to the finished product. The application of Science and Art.
- Surface Design: Any lines, shapes, colors, textures, or materials applied to the product or item design that creates an emotional or personal quality, individuality and creative expression without disturbing initial/end purpose. Design is that something which makes the item unique to the individual designer. All five principles of STEAM merged to create a unique finished product.
Projects being exhibited for competition will be evaluated on the 4-H members mastery of skill(s) and subject matter contained within the skill sheet. All of the former "4-H Fashion and Fabrics Member's & Leader's Guides" are now posted as individual Grab-n-Go sheets. Members are also encouraged to seek out other valid resources which teach proper technique and knowledge in the areas of design and construction.
The 2015 State Parent-Volunteer Conference will be held June 27th in Stillwater. The conference theme is "4-H Wants You," and our objectives are:
- To serve the local club and community through 4-H
- To embrace learning by doing
- To market 4-H in recruiting members and volunteers
- To Make the Best Better
The State Volunteer Board is looking for volunteers, community resources and Extension educators to instruct one- and two-hour workshops which will enhance a volunteer's and/or parent's skills for guiding youth and developing clubs. See January Issue of Focus on Youth for additional information. Workshop proposals (RFP) can be downloaded at http://4h.okstate.edu/volunteer-development. Proposals are due March 2, 2015.
NW District Volunteer Board Directors, Karla Knoepfli
In 2013, one in four adults (25.4 percent) nationally volunteered through an organization, demonstrating that volunteering remains an important activity for millions of Americans. 26% of Oklahomans volunteer, ranking us 28th in the nation. Check out http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/ to learn more.
Each 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 27, 2015, as part of the State Parent-Volunteer Development Conference.
The application form and guidelines for 2015 District and State volunteer awards are available at http://4h.okstate.edu/awards/2014-ok-volunteer-salute-to-excellence-awards-form .
If your volunteer is uneasy/reluctant about completing the resume, please take the time to sit with the volunteer and assist in developing the resume. Better yet, have a teen leader do the interview and assist in preparing the resume!
Electronic nominations are due to the District 4-H Office no later than 5:00 PM on or before March 13, 2015. Nomination includes volunteer resume, three letters of recommendation and an electronic photograph.
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.