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,
On Tuesday, April 7, over 100 Oklahoma 4-H members converged on Oklahoma City to participate in the 19th annual 4-H Day at the Capitol!
During the day youth had the opportunity to meet with Oklahoma senators and representative to share how 4-H is helping to "Create Their Future!" This event is a great opportunity for our legislators to see the positive impact 4-H is having on the state's youth, while at the same time providing our members with a venue to understand they have a voice regarding issues facing today's youth.
Four-H members DaLacy Dockrey and Brianna Vick addressed Oklahoma legislators as they spoke on the floors of the House and Senate, where they shared how 4-H has provided them with positive adult role models and has instilled important values and life skills that will help prepare them to successful in their future careers and educational pursuits.
Please encourage youth from your county who participated in 4-H Day at the Capitol to write their assigned legislators and any assistants that helped you a thank you note for their time, interest and dedication to Oklahoma 4-H!
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
Plans are underway for the 94th State 4-H Roundup. It will be held on the OSU campus July 22-24, 2015, with an optional "County Night Out" on July 21. The 4-H State Council has chosen the theme "Building Your 4-H Legacy." Registration materials are being posted to the State 4-H website http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/roundup-notebook/state-4-h-roundup as available and will be ready to use May 1.
Below is some basic information.
- Youth must be 13 years of age and/or have completed the 7th grade to attend Roundup.
- Every youth and adult attending Roundup must be registered. There are NO partial registrations. The exception is guests attending the Thursday Night Honor Assembly.
- Counties may choose to stay in either Kerr Drummond or the Village Suites again this year. Registration cost will be based upon that choice ($113 for Kerr Drummond and $130 for Village Suites). Counties must choose only one housing location (i.e., cannot split group). Note: Res Life will do housing assignments for the Villages. Therefore, we cannot guarantee location, which counties are next to each other, etc.
- Please note:
- Only 400 persons will be housed in the Suites, so if you want in the Suites make sure to get your registration in early. Assignment to the Suites will be made as complete county registration materials are received in Ag Conferences.
- Reservations and payment for County Night Out must be made with your Roundup Registration. It will need to be chosen on the fee transmittal form. The cost per person for Tuesday Night Out is $21 for Kerr Drummond and $29.50 for the Village Suites. This does not include the partial linen service mentioned below.
- Beds in the suites are full size. Beds in Kerr Drummond are XL twin.
- There is a "Partial Linen Service" option offered for $6 per person per night. This charge must be paid with your Roundup registration. If this option is chosen, it must be for the ENTIRE county group.
- Pizza orders will NOT be taken during Roundup. All orders must be sent in with Roundup registration on the Pre-Order Form located on the Roundup website.
- The State Office deadline for registration is 5 pm, June 19. Because of delayed campus mail delivery, registration that is mailed must be postmarked by June 15. Counties whose registration fails to meet this deadline may not be accepted. If accepted, there will be an additional $10 fee per delegate. This is a VERY FIRM deadline!
- FYI: Roundup registration forms are worked in the order they are received! To make sure your delegates get the workshops they want, please send early!
- Wednesday lunch will be on your own. No meal will be provided in the dining hall.
- Registration times will be Tuesday, July 21, from 4-7 pm, and Wednesday, July 22, from 8:45 - 10:45 am.
- Counties will be REQUIRED to bring a corresponding chaperone for each gender of youth they bring. If the county has male delegates, it must bring a male chaperone. If a county has female delegates, it must bring a female chaperone.
For more information, watch for updates on the State 4-H website or contact Tracy Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-744-8891.
The Communication Event is incorporating two additional methods of communication - Photography and Graphic Arts. Categories were chosen from the survey conducted last year. Our program recognizes the importance of all forms of communication and respects that public speaking may not be the best form of communication for all of our members.
The classes were taken directly from the fair book in an effort to assist youth in developing projects which can later be exhibited at the fair. Guidelines, resources and a score sheet are posted on the Roundup website.
The actual exhibits will be due electronically no later than 5 pm on June 26th. Exhibits will be judged in advance, and participants will go through an interview judging experience the day of the contest. The exhibitor will meet with the judge to discuss the photos/graphic art, share the creative experience and knowledge learned. This is referred to as interview judging. To learn more https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s594NX48p1s
Photography is a means of self-expression and creativity through the lenses of a camera. The exhibitor will illustrate and communicate mastery of photographic equipment, techniques, composition (elements and principles of art), lighting, storytelling, photo editing and processing through four photos.
Graphic Design is creating visual and written content, by hand or using computer software, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers. The designer develops the overall layout and production design for advertisements, brochures, magazines, reports, digital billboard, webpage and even an electronic/digital game. The product's purpose may be commercial, educational, cultural or political. http://www.aiga.org/guide-whatisgraphicdesign/
The State 4-H Spirit Contest serves to encourage teamwork, 4-H promotion, and citizenship through friendly competition between the 4-H Districts. The winner of the state spirit contest is announced during 4-H Roundup. The contest consists of five different categories:
District Participation in...
State Service Projects
Roundup Sidewalk Art
Bonus Points - Bucket Pass
The Roundup Competitions category is brand new this year. Points for this category will be distributed to each district for every delegate from their district that places 1st in a Roundup competitive event.
You don't even have to be a Roundup delegate to participate, as 55% of the points come from the state service projects. This year's state service projects are Change for CHANGE and Pull for Kids. The Change for CHANGE project is designed to encourage club members to set out collection buckets asking people to donate their spare pocket change to support the Oklahoma Children's Hospital Foundation. The foundation uses the funds to recruit specialists to Oklahoma Children's Hospital so children requiring special treatment will not have to travel out of state for their care. The Pull for Kids program asks that 4-H members collect tabs from soda cans and donate them to the Ronald McDonald House Charities to help provide families a place to stay while their children are hospitalized. For more information about the state service projects log on to http://4h.okstate.edu/leadership/leadership-1/state-service-projects.
For more information about the 2015 State 4-H Roundup Spirit Contest, log on to http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/roundup-notebook/SpiritContest2015.pdf.
Maker Camp 2015 Dates: July 6 - August 14
Maker Camp is a virtual DIY camp. It's a great way to enhance your summer programming by adding interactive projects to your schedule of activities. Each week will be themed to include skill builder activities as well as fun interactive projects for all ages. Click here to view archived programming from previous years.
Our goal in creating the affiliate program is to connect camp participants to their local community organizations (libraries, makerspaces, schools, museums) where they can join their peers and participate in Maker Camp at a physical location.
Affiliates receive a playbook to facilitate hosting Maker Camp at physical locations, with suggested curriculum by day and week. Take a look at the Affiliate Playbook from last year to give you some ideas about how to integrate Maker Camp into your existing program.
To apply for the 2015 affiliate program please complete the application HERE. We will be reviewing and accepting applications on an ongoing basis until the start of the Maker Camp program in July.
We are thrilled to offer this program again and hope you will join us for another great summer!
The Maker Camp Team
From east to west coast, I have heard nothing but great comments about Filmfest. It is close to home, affordable and a great way to grow communication skills for the 21st Century 4-H member. Fimfest is for youth aspiring to be filmmakers, visual artists, actors or for those who are just interested in meeting other creative people! FilmFest helps youth become producers, not just consumers, of digital media. Watch the 3-minute clip to learn more and view the winning 2013 and 2014 videos at http://4h.missouri.edu/go/events/filmfest/index.htm. Check out "Frequently Asked Questions" at http://4h.missouri.edu/go/events/filmfest/filmfest411.htm.
Attached is additional information provided by the planning committee.
Karla Knoepfli, NAE4-HA Communication and Expressive Arts Committee
Exciting opportunity for talented 4-H members who write music, poetry and stories, draw, paint, sculpt, perform, make movies, take pictures, landscape design, etc. Check out the national exhibition at http://4hwhatdoyousee.wordpress.com/exhibition/
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.
Go to http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/what-do-you-see/2015-guidelines/view for a copy of the criteria and application.
Youth submit their entries quickly and easily on-line. Entries are due June 1, 2015.
A Grab-n-Go lesson has been prepared for introducing "What Do You See" in your county or club - http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/what-do-you-see/what-do-you-see-lesson-1. An additional six supporting Grab-n-Go lessons have been developed for educators and volunteers and can be downloaded at https://4hwhatdoyousee.wordpress.com/grab-n-go-lessons/.
On June 20, 2015, 9 am to 4 pm at the Logan County Fairgrounds, 4-H will be hosting a hands-on 4-H dog club leaders' workshop for 4-H dog club leaders and those interested in becoming 4-H Dog club leaders. Topics will include basic training philosophies, 4-H dog show competitions, how to start and run a 4-H dog club, games your club can play to make training fun, citizenship project ideas, and other fun dog related activities.
Classes will be taught by Steve Beck, Oklahoma 4-H companion animal program leader, and Alissa Cable, owner/operator of Sit, Stay and Go! dog school.
The workshop costs $12 per person which includes lunch and snacks. Space is limited to 10 dog and handler teams (a team includes 1 dog and up to 2 handlers), and each county is only guaranteed one team. Additional teams will be listed as alternates and will be allowed to participate if the class does not fill.
To pre-register, your county 4-H educator must submit your name, email, phone number, and county to Martha Hickman, mailto:email@example.com or (405) 744-8887, by June 5th.
After registering you will receive additional information, but be advised of the following requirements.
- Handlers must be able to maintain control of their dogs at all times.
- Proof of immunization against rabies (must be vet certified), distemper, adenovirus-parainfluenza, leptospirosis, and parvo virus.
- Only visually healthy animals will be allowed to stay on the premises. (Includes external parasite infestations)
For more information contact Steve, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tulsa Paw Starz and Creek County 4-H Dog Club will be co-hosting a 4-H dog show at the fairgrounds in Kellyville, OK, on June 6, 2015. They will be having competitions in obedience, rally, agility, and showmanship. Mark your calendars now and be watching http://okla.st/4hdogs for more information.
Last year project changes were introduced to the formerly titled "Fabrics & Fashions" division at the state fair. The project comparison sheet prepared for use by families, fair superintendents, volunteers and extension educators has been revised.
The reference sheet will assist in the development of fair projects and planning educational programming. Changes and/or explanations have been highlighted for quick reference.
Please distribute to youth enrolled in the Fabrics and Fashion. From the state level, a mass email will go out to anyone enrolled in F&F in the ACCESS 4-H data base. With a little effort we can all make the transition a fun and informed process.
To serve the local club and community through 4-H
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 embrace learning by doing
- To market 4-H in recruiting members and volunteers
- To Make the Best Better
There will be approximately 20 workshops:
- Using the 4-H Name and Emblem
- 4-H Curriculum
- Marketing 4-H to Cloverbud and through Social Media
- Environmental Education Activities
- Scrapbooking through Personal Development
- Frugal Fashion
- International Extravaganza
- 4-H Citizenship 101
- Effective Teaching
- Public Speaking 101
- Two panels of experienced volunteers.
There is definitely something for everyone!
County, District and State Volunteer of the Year and Life-time Volunteers will be recognized at the luncheon.
Earlybird Registration must be postmarked by May 29 to receive the $40 reduced cost. Registration after May 29th is $50. The cost includes the luncheon, breaks and materials.
The registration packet will be available after May 4th.
NW District Volunteer Board Directors and Karla Knoepfli
November 13-15, 2015 a multi-state conference will be held at the State 4-H Center in Little Rock, AR. This event is for 4-H volunteers, parents and Extension educators wanting to learn fun, creative, innovative and effective best practices in working with today’s youth and families. It is also a great event to network with adults interested in growing youth, volunteers and the 4-H program. Sessions will be taught by experienced volunteers and Extension staff. Approximate cost of $185 includes meals, housing and programming.
Please consider sending a team, a volunteer as a form of recognition, or participating for professional development/continuing education. The conference is currently seeking workshops. The application will be public on April 27th. Proposals are due August 1.
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.