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,
Along with our state fairs the month of October offers several additional exciting events and activities for our 4-H youth and families!
OSU, in partnership with Cowboy Sports Properties, is offering for the first time ever a themed Celebrate Agriculture Day. The event will be held Saturday, October 3rd, during the OSU vs. K-State football game. Discounted football tickets are available to 4-H members and their families. Tickets can be ordered online using the provided discount code on the flyer that has previously been sent. Encourage 4-H members and their families to come early and stop by the OSU Block Party on the north side of Boone Pickens Stadium. The Block Party, which is open to the public, will open three hours prior to kick-off and will provide free activities, games and many giveaways. A few of the vendors who will be on hand include: Livingston Machinery, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, 4-H, OSU Rodeo Team, FFA and many more.
I encourage Oklahoma 4-H youth to join more than 6 million young people across the country in celebration of National 4-H Week, scheduled for October 4-10. This years theme is "4-H Grows Here." This is a great opportunity to showcase the great things 4-H offers young people and highlight the incredible 4-H youth in your community who work each day to make a positive impact on the community. A promotional toolkit, which has been developed to help your county celebrate National 4-H Week, can be found at http://www.4-h.org/resource-library/4H-marketing-online-resource-center/4H-campaign-assets/
We hope your 4-H members will join youth from all around the state and nation as they participate in the 4-H National Youth Science Day. This year's experiment: "Motion Commotion," is an exciting activity that combines a speeding car collision and a distracted driving demonstration in a simulated activity that investigates the physical and human factors of motion. We look forward to hearing from you on your local Science Day activities!
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
The Myriad Gardens is gearing up for its 4th Annual Pumpkinville Fall Festival and is searching for volunteers. If you or your club is interested, please see attached flyer for more information.
Denver Western Roundup
Registration information for the 4-H Denver Western Roundup Conference can be found on the 4-H webpage at http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/denver-western-4-h-roundup
The upcoming conference is January 6-10, 2016. Forms and payment are due in the state 4-H office by November 2, 2015. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Tracy Beck at 405-744-8891.
We are accepting a few more applications for the 2016 Denver Western Roundup. A male chaperone is most needed. If you or someone from your county is interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by November 2, 2015 for more information.
Chaperone Application for 2016 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), 2016 National Congress and 2017 Denver Western Roundup
An application form for chaperoning the 2016 CWF, 2016 National 4-H Congress and 2017 Denver Western Roundup conference is attached. If you or a certified volunteer from your county are interested, please complete this form and route through both the county and district office by January 29, 2016. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Tracy Beck at 405-744-8891.
The next destination has been set for the 2017 Oklahoma 4-H International Trip! We will be going to Ireland, Wales and England July 3-12, 2017! Information is posted on the website at http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/international-events/international-trip-ireland-wales-england. 4-H members must be 15 by July 3, 2017, meet all other criteria and complete the application process. An educator must also complete the educator feedback form on the applicant to certify they are in good standing in the 4-H program. Once approved, the 4-H member will be sent information via e-mail on completing their registration online. Registration will be open until June 1, 2016 or until the 24 slots are filled. If all spaces are not filled, parents of participants may be allowed to register. For all the details, please refer to the Information & Registration Packet on the website. For more information, please contact Cheryl Newberry @ Cheryl.email@example.com .
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The Horse Science Academy is designed for high school students to show the incorporation of science and mathematics to horse management. The clinic will take place November 21 in Totusek Arena at OSU, Stillwater. Students will receive classroom instruction on topics such as health management, nutrition, weight assessment, etc., followed immediately by hands-on application of lecture material. Students will receive a laboratory manual with registration. Participants will also receive lunch, a manual, phone apps, and supplies. Registration will be limited to 40 participants.
For more information, check this web-site: http://osuhorse.okstate.edu/4-h-and-youth-activities/horse-science-academy-1
You may register here: https://secure.touchnet.com/C20271_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=1918
A Lego Robotics In-Service has been scheduled for November 4-5 at the Botanic Gardens in Stillwater. This training is for educators and volunteers who want to incorporate Lego Robots into their educational programs. We plan to train participants on the NXT Robots and the EV3 robotic kits. Please share this with educators from your district who have an interest.
Please share this message broadly and notice the Oct 1 webinar to learn more.
We are all committed to helping 4-H'ers and all young people across the nation to respond to challenges every day in their communities and world. A key component of this is ensuring healthy minds for our 4-H'ers. Given that ¾ of all mental health issues present themselves before age 24, and that only 1 in 4 Americans seek treatment for mental health issues, this work is more important than ever.
That's why we are partnering with an innovative program that is proven effective in getting young people more comfortable talking about mental health. Text, Talk, Act uses text messaging to facilitate a face-to-face conversation on mental health. Participants gather in small groups (3-4 people), with one cell phone per group. They text START to the number 89800 to receive a series of text messages that guides the group through a conversation on mental health: why it is important, how to care for it, and how to help a friend in need. The text messages include videos, social media interactions, polling questions and discussion questions.
On Tuesday, November 10th, 4-H is teaming up to bring "Text, Talk, Act" to all of our 4-H programs, free of charge. Here are three things you can do to help out:
- TRY IT - It's easy! Simply text "START" to 89800 and follow the prompts. "Text, Talk, Act" is available for you to try right now.
- SHARE IT - Share this information with your local 4-H programs. Attached is an email for you to use to let them know about this important opportunity.
- HOST IT - Bring "Text, Talk, Act" to your 4-H program on November 10th, or simply do it with friends and family. It takes less than an hour, and you can do it anytime that's convenient for your group.
Click here for tips on organizing Text, Talk, Act.
4-H is also hosting a webinar on October 1, 2015, at 1 pm CDT where you can learn about "Text, Talk, Act" and how to bring this to your program. To register, visit this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8601905344351950850
4-H'ers that host "Text, Talk, Act" can win $1,000 for their program. For more information, visit http://creatingcommunitysolutions.org/texttalkact.
With your help, we will empower 4-H'ers to raise awareness on mental health and become more comfortable reaching out to peers in need.
by Melanie Lockwood Herman
Although saying "thank you" is arguably easier than saying "I'm sorry," many nonprofit leaders don't flex their thank you muscle often enough. A sincere "thank you" for support, a job well done, or simply for caring, affects the speaker and the recipient in interesting ways. Did you know, for example, that saying "thank you" can boost your "personal sense of well-being?"
In his article, "The Two Most Important Words," retired Mattel CEO Robert Eckert offers five simple tips for expressing thanks in a work setting:
- Make time - Set aside time every week to acknowledge people's good work.
- Get personal - Handwrite thank-you notes whenever you can. The personal touch matters in the digital age.
- Be timely and specific - Punish in private; praise in public. Make the public praise timely and specific.
- Let the boss know - Remember to cc people's supervisors. "Don't tell me. Tell my boss."
- Build a grateful culture - Foster a culture of gratitude. It's a game changer for sustainable better performance.
To learn the art of saying "thank you" after a job interview, check out this helpful article from Fast Company.
Read this article, also from Fast Company, to learn why saying "thank you" can increase your personal sense of well-being.
Read this article from Harvard Business Review to learn why "thank you" are the two most important words a leader can say in the workplace.
November 13-15, 2015 a multi-state conference will be held at the State 4-H Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Please consider 1) sending a team of volunteers and/or staff; 2) sending a volunteer as a form of recognition; or 3) participating for professional development/ continuing education.
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. Go to http://4h.okstate.edu/parents-volunteers for a conference flyer and links to other materials.
Registration cost is as low as $175 and includes meals, housing and programming. Registration and payment are due on or before October 26, 2015. All registration will be submitted online by the individual. Go to http://forms.uaex.edu/MultiState.
Transportation will be the responsibility of the participant. We encourage carpooling/shared travel to and from the conference and will assist in connecting people/counties.
4-H Salute to Excellence Program
The State Volunteer Board encourages every county to honor and recognize the efforts of their volunteers. 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 25, 2016, as part of the State Parent-Volunteer Development conference.
The application form and guidelines for 2016 District and State volunteer awards is available at http://4h.okstate.edu/for-youth/awards/2014-ok-volunteer-salute-to-excellence-awards-form.
CHANGE - The resume is no longer prepared by the volunteer but by the county educator. This was a national change. All other aspects of the awards process are the same.
Electronic nominations are due to the District 4-H Office no later than 5:00 PM on or before March 14, 2016. Nomination includes volunteer resume, three letters of recommendations and an electronic photograph.
- National Volunteer Month - April
- National Volunteer Week - April 10-16, 2016
Through programs such as the President's Volunteer Service Award, Daily Point of Light Award and the Extra Mile - Points of Light Volunteer Pathway, the Points of Light organization recognizes individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and government entities and the tremendous impact they are making on our country's most critical challenges year-round. Take action
- Share your stories - Tell us about the impact volunteers are having in your community or through your organization.
- Learn more about these volunteer recognition programs and how to nominate volunteers for awards.
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.