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,
Thanksgiving is a special time to be thankful for the opportunities we are given and the people who have influenced our lives. We are approaching the holiday season and want to take the time to reflect on what we are thankful for in our life.
4-H Members:Thank you for everything you do. Without you, 4-H would not exist. Your dedication, hard work and talents do not go unseen or unnoticed. As you live the 4-H pledge you inspire us to make the best better for our 4-H youth! We see over and over again the impact that 4-H leaves on 4-H youth. Thank you!
4-H Volunteers: Thank you for the countless hours of time you give to make each and every 4-H'ers experience memorable. Thank you for providing wonderful learning opportunities. 4-H would not be possible without the support of excellent volunteers like you who take time away from your busy schedules to help better the 4-H program and lend a helping hand. Thank you!
4-H Supporters: Thank you for your support of Oklahoma 4-H and the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation. Your gifts make 4-H possible. We are thankful that you believe in the power of 4-H as much as we do. Thank you for making a difference in a youth's 4-H experience.
4-H Family: Because in 4-H, we are all family! We know that 4-H would not be possible if we didn't have the support and encouragement from our family. Throughout the whole 4-H experience, our 4-H family stands beside us and is proud of all our accomplishments, no matter the outcome.
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
Save the Date: February 19-20, 2016
Registration Due: February 1, 2016
Price: $45 per participant
$25 per Chaperone
Theme: Star Wars
Includes the new exhibit CurioCity, Planetarium, Science Live Show, Science Activity Tables and fun filled evening exploring the Science Museum.
Dress as your favorite Jedi Knight and jump to hyperspace as you head to a galaxy far, far away. Join SMO as we go deep into the science of light sabers and explore the forces of both Isaac Newton and Yoda! May the Forces be with you!
Who can attend?
Everyone! the science museum program is perfect for 9-12 year old youth, but every age seems to enjoy the evening. Since this is a non-competitive event, feel free to bring younger or older youth, brothers, sisters, cousins, even those really big kids (parents and chaperones) to enjoy an evening filled with science and fun. Families are always welcome to participate.
Each county group is responsible for the youth that attend from their county. We do not provide chaperones.
For rules and registration go to:
National 4-H Conference is a future-focused program that aims to build strong leaders through roundtable discussions, town hall meetings, group assemblies, and visits with national legislators. Being selected to represent our state at this conference is one of Oklahoma 4-H’s highest honors.
- Applications are due December 1, 2015, to the applicant's district 4-H office.
Upon returning from National Conference, each member of the National Conference Team will complete a service project by June the following year. Service projects will be a part of Oklahoma's back home plan and may be either a group or individual program depending upon the strengths and ideas of the youth-adult team that participates.
Thank you to every educator, volunteer, or teacher who taught or promoted the 2016 NYSD!!
We would like to hear back from you about your event. What made it successful? How many did you reach? Please take a few minutes to complete the attached survey instrument.
We will use this information to improve next year’s NYSD event.
Registration is coming in and so far nine youth have applied and registered! A total of 15 spaces remain! Please continue to promote this opportunity to 4-H members who will be 15 by July 3, 2017! The $200 discount still applies through October 31 so act quickly! For more information, visit the website to find the information packet and application. http://oces.okstate.edu/sedistrict/4-h/international-4-h-trip
Contact Cheryl Newberry for more information.
CWF Presidential Inauguration 2017
Watch for information!!! As details become available they will be shared.
Tentative dates - January 17-21, 2017
Program Goals & Objectives
- Learn the meaning and importance of the democratic process
- Explore the history of the Presidency, the election process, and the role of the press
- Discover the intricacies of the Executive Branch and careers in politics
- Practice your role in citizenship through service, civic education, and engagement
What youth will see and do:
- Partake in workshops, sessions, and speakers
- Visit memorials, historical sites, and museums
- Experience Inauguration Day events
- Dance the night away on an Inaugural Ball dinner and dance cruise
Once again, 4-H Adventurers will be traveling to the backcountry to experience challenges in hiking, backpacking, and camping in the great outdoors. This year, 4-Hers will travel to the Pecos Wilderness, located northeast of Santa Fe, NM. Crews made up of 4-H youth and adult volunteers from across the state will have the opportunity to experience this unique and challenging program.
The purpose of this program is to develop character and integrity in young people through teaching teamwork, leadership and outdoor skills in a setting that will allow them to see themselves from an entirely new perspective. By experiencing the challenge of backcountry hiking, participants grow personally, developing an understanding of themselves and their limitations.
Youth must be 14 years old before January 1, 2016, and adults must be certified 4-H Volunteers. Participants and at least one guardian are required to schedule a web conference with Steve Beck prior to the March 15th registration deadline to discuss required gear, forms, and conditioning. A required weekend of training (Shakedown) will be held April 15-17 near Stillwater, OK, and the trip to the Pecos Wilderness will take place July 11 – 17. The trip costs $600, which covers camping fees, food, supplies, and lodging for both the Shakedown weekend and the trip to New Mexico. To guarantee your spot on the trip, registration and your first payment of $150 is due by March 15th.
For more information, log on to http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/state-events-activities/4-h-high-adventures or contact Steve Beck, email@example.com.
New this year, the 4-H Outdoor Adventure crew that is traveling to the Pecos Wilderness is inviting 4-H members to join them during their training weekend that will be held near Stillwater. Members that attend the 4-H Oklahoma Shakedown will learn the same skills as the youth that travel into the backcountry on outdoor adventure trips each year. Skills include, but are not limited to, cooking in the backcountry, hiking, leave no trace, outdoor safety, map and compass, teamwork, and resilience.
Shakedown will take place April 15-17 near Stillwater and will cost $40. Participants must be 13 years old before January 1, 2016. Space for participants that are only doing the Oklahoma Shakedown is limited and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis (no refunds). Most supplies will be provided, but participants will be responsible for some items. For more information, log on to http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/state-events-activities/4-h-high-adventures or contact Steve Beck, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration site: https://secure.touchnet.com/C20271_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=1918
This workshop is designed for high school-aged students to incorporate STEM disciplines with their interest in horses. It will focus on using math and science to make economical, ethical and sustainable decisions regarding equine health care and management.
Material will be delivered via 20-minute classroom lecture, followed immediately by a laboratory session incorporating active application of the material. This is a new program being offered, with the intention of an annual offering and a rotation of topics. For this year, four topics have been chosen.
- Anthelmentic resistance - strategic deworming - The workshop will begin with discussion of parasite resistance and its long-term impact on the health of the horse. Students will then get to do their own fecal exams, emphasizing good laboratory techniques. They will then design a parasite control program based on the outcome of their results. We will discuss issues such as ethical decision-making, sustainability and economics.
- Physical exams and weight assessment - Students will gain a greater understanding of equine biology with the addition of technology. We will use two phone apps to take measurements on our horses and use that information to make management decisions.
- Forage evaluation - The in-class discussion will cover subjective evaluation of hay, followed by a hands on lab, emphasizing good sampling techniques. Students will then use forage analysis to make budget decisions on selection of hay.
- Equine ration evaluation - All of the previous information will be used to do an extensive mathematic evaluation of rations and make budget decisions for feeding of horses.
At the conclusion of the day, students will have completed a basic budget for their horses. They will leave the workshop with two phone apps, a digital thermometer, stethoscope and a workbook.
Cost of attendance is $40: Includes lunch, lab notebook, access to smart phone apps, and supplies
Grady County is putting on a 4-H Dog Show Saturday, December 5th, at the McClain County Fairground in Purcell! Registration begins at 9:30 am. Events include: Obedience, Showmanship and Rally. There will be a Rally Demonstration and Instruction session to help youth learn about the events. Ribbons, Medals and Prizes will be awarded. For more details see the flyer and entry form at http://oces.okstate.edu/grady/4-h and select Grady County Dog Show or email Liz Taylor at email@example.com
As you wrap up this year or begin planning for your next year's educational programs, don't forget the 4-H Common Measures Evaluation system is for your benefit. The Common Measures are an online system you can administer either by paper or weblink.
Evaluations Include age appropriate questions for:
- 4-H Science
- 4-H Healthy Living
- 4-H Citizenship
- 4-H Youth Development (Universal Measures)
Go to: http://4h.okstate.edu/survey or click on the link on the front page of the 4-H website. Scroll down and look for the big "Click Here" in green.
If you use these measures as a paper survey we will input the data for you and return a report for you to use in your stakeholder reports. If you enter the data or have your member go to the website, let us know, and we will get a report back to you. Send us a CM cover sheet to request a report or data entry.
We all know evaluation is important. This system may be your easiest method for obtaining quality data.
If you want to learn more about Common Measures look for the upcoming February in-service offerings.
As always, let us know if you have any questions!
The 2015 version of the Volunteer Management System manual, PPT trainings and revised forms are posted at http://4h.okstate.edu/for-educators/volunteer-management-system Please dispose of any manual printed prior to October, 2015. If your manual has tabs, keep and insert into the revised materials.
Two versions of the manual are posted - one with revisions highlighted and the other without revisions noted.
To learn more, participate in a review session via Adobe Connect http://dasnr.adobeconnect.com/vol_mgmt/ on October 22, 2015, 10:00-11:30 am.
POW 4-H timeline - In 2016 and 2017 Oklahoma cycles back to focusing on the use and evaluation of Unit 2, "Getting the Most Out of the 4-H Experience," in the Oklahoma 4-H Volunteer Core Competencies curriculum.
Please keep in mind all materials contained within Units 1-3 are to be blended with subject matter determined by the needs and interest of county 4-H parents and volunteers.
Healthy attendance and an enthusiasm for Parent-Volunteer Continuing Education will hinge on providing our volunteers with subject matter/project information they identify as a need or interest. Core materials are then blended in with that presentation of subject matter. Think of it like adding the essential vitamins and minerals to a tasty dessert. We can't wait for dessert yet benefit from the added vitamins and minerals.
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.