2018 Carving New Ideas

This great opportunity for 4-H youth in grades eight through twelve. Many teens are looking for fun camping opportunities so here is a perfect opportunity that they can come to and not have to go through a selection process. They can just come and have fun!

Open to 8th-12th grade 4-H members, Carving New Ideas is a camping opportunity for older youth, concentrating on the principles of critical thinking and program facilitation. This year’s theme is CSI at CNI. All the fun will center around mystery and investigation while enhancing leadership skills.

If you would like more information or to register please see the flyer: CNI Poster-2idw5ih

– Andrea

Ohio Teen Leadership Council


Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) applications for the 2018-2019 year are now available!  Please let any interested individual know, so they may apply!  Please note, because it is only a one year term, current TLC members who wish to continue their service must re-apply.

“Applications and more information to be an Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) member are now available online at: go.osu.edu/TLC. Please note applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation) are due (not postmarked; received!) by Friday, August 10, 2018.”

Here are some highlights about the responsibilities of the council:

  • Age: Individuals must be 14-18 as of January 1 the year of application to apply for council member, committee member, committee chair, and officer.
  • Number of Meetings/Events: See the program structure outline on the application for specific numbers of meetings and events. Members are required to attend at least 75% of meetings and events.
    • Working Events: Members are required to work a number of statewide events at the Ohio State Fair, and elsewhere throughout the state (Farm Science Review, Legislative Luncheon, etc.).  Each level of membership differs in the number of events that are required.  See the program structure for more information.
  • Location of meetings: Meetings are typically held at the Ohio 4-H Center in Columbus, Ohio, but there are occasionally instances when they are held elsewhere due to events on Ohio State’s Campus.  In these instances, meetings may be held at locations close to campus.  Refer to the application for the locations for the 2018-2019 year.  Members will be notified prior to the location change.
  • Additional Opportunities: Depending on the level of involvement, council members have the option to apply for additional opportunities including the National 4-H Conference, Ohio 4-H Foundation Board, and other opportunities that may arise.

Applications and more information for this group are now available online at: go.osu.edu/TLC.  Please note applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation) are due (not postmarked; received!) by Friday, August 10, 2018.  We recognize this falls during some county fairs, so encourage teens to apply early!  We will accept applications as early as today! :o)  The term for selected individuals will be September 1, 2018-August 31, 2019.

If you have questions on this opportunity, please let Kayla (oberstadt.1@osu.edu) or Hannah (epley.24@osu.edu) know.

~Hannah and Kayla! :o)


State Achievement Form Workshop

What: Achievement Form Workshop

Who: 4-H members completing the achievement form, AND 4-H professionals/parents/advisors who want to learn more

Why: Learn about opportunities that can arise from successful achievement form completion, improve record keeping skills, enhance forms to make them even stronger

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Where: Nationwide Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center


  • Option 1: Basic Overview-Ideal for first time achievement form completion or general information. This session will cover basic information about completing the form.
  • Option 2: More In-Depth Session-Ideal for 2+ year completion of the form.  It will offer work stations and coaches available to help attendees with already started or completed achievement forms.

Cost: FREE

RSVP: preferred by 11/15 to epley.24@osu.edu

– Andrea

2018 Leadership Washington Focus

Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) is a 4-H leadership program for youth entering grades 7 through 9. The program will take place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just 1 mile from the Washington, D.C. border. For more than 50 years, thousands of 4-H’ers have participated in our high school program, Citizenship Washington Focus and now we are happy to introduce its precursor for middle school 4-H’ers, LWF. Middle school 4-H delegates will:

  • Build confidence in their ability to motivate and direct others in meaningful action
  • Practice effective communication with others through group discussion and public speaking
  • Work with others to create and accomplish goals
  • Develop an understanding of their own personal leadership style
  • Exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other 4-H’ers from across the nation
  • Experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, DC

– Andrea

2018 Citizenship Washington Focus

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth, ages 14-19, from across the country. Citizenship Washington Focus gives 4-H youth the opportunity to explore, develop, and refine the civic engagement skills they need to be outstanding leaders in their home communities and at the national level. Through sightseeing tours in the living classroom of Washington, D.C. and hands-on educational workshops, youth will learn about the history of our nation, the leaders who have shaped it, and how they can apply the leadership and citizenship skills they have learned at CWF when they return home.  Scholarship opportunities are available through the Knox County 4-H Planning Committee.  Please contact the OSU Extension Office for more details (740-397-0401).

Click here to learn more about Citizenship Washington Focus

– Andrea

Hope for Ohio: A Teen Forum on the Opioid Crisis

This forum is geared towards teens and adults who work with youth. Please see more information below:


When: Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Where: Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center

 OSU Extension, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio FFA, and Prevention Action Alliance have partnered to hold a statewide forum on Ohio’s opioid crisis on December 2, 2017 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The forum is designed to educate and prepare both teens and adults to take action against drug abuse in their communities. Highlights include a presentation from Tyler’s Light, a town hall, and programming from Prevention Action Alliance, Youth to Youth, Generation Rx, and more. Spots are limited.

To register, please visit: go.osu.edu/opioidforum

Registration deadline is November 22th.

– Andrea

Healthy Food with Tanner

Tanner, our SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator, will host the third week of his cooking classes for teens on Monday. This is an 8 week series that is open to ALL teens and they can attend some or all of the classes. If you know of someone who would like to learn more about making healthy food, stop by the EZ Armory Kitchen, 1 Mansfield Avenue at 4:15 p.m. on Monday.

– Andrea

Carving New Ideas Workshop

Many of our teens are looking for fun camping opportunities.  This opportunity is open to 8th-12th grade 4-H members.  Carving New Ideas is a camping opportunity designed for older youth, concentrating on the principles of critical thinking and program facilitation. Campers will go for the gold during their time at Camp Ohio. The focus of the camp will be healthy living, striving to make winning strides in each of the health focuses of the camp. Sessions and speakers, along with other fun, will focus on making us all healthier, one gold medal at a time.

The online registration site is go.osu.edu/CNI17 . The online registration allows credit cards.  If there is anyone who doesn’t want to pay by credit card, we can get you a form that can be mailed with a check.  Please see the flyer below for more information

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– Andrea Rees