Strengthening Hamilton County 4-H: By Tony Staubach

The most powerful leaders are those who can exercise humility. This past month I was at a conference at The Ohio State University for Urban Serving Universities. The messages from all the speakers were robust and powerful but none more than a panel I attended on issues of poverty, race, class, and discrimination in our education system. The leaders on this panel all had different perspectives and views, but no one could deny the reality that humbling one’s self and exercising humility did the most to foster a mutually respectful and academically successful system.

My own experiences mirror this realization. As an educator I have found that bonds between the student and teacher should never be forged as a hierarchy. Rather the success of the student and teacher are linked in the ability to be vulnerable with each other. To share perspectives and thoughts. This great success has been modeled throughout history and is often replicated in higher education. It is not a mentor role (thought that does happen), it is not rooted in paternalism. It is a true bond of teacher and student. The reality is that we are all teachers and students at different times in our lives.

It isn’t a secret that I have learned a great deal from my students, I have probably learned more from them than they have ever learned from me. To teach is to love success. I am thankful every day for the amazing work of teachers, but also of the 4-H advisors, volunteers, and parents who humble themselves and exercise humility in their attempt to serve our youth as positive adult role models who foster a culture of success and service.

Tony Staubach

Learn more about Hamilton County Extension Below:

Partner Highlights:

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County:
The public is invited to take part in a series of free workshops on the ins and outs of being a landlord. This nationally recognized program discusses crucial issues related to managing a rental property. Topics discussed at each training include applicant screening and avoiding fair housing issues, crisis resolution and the eviction process, property maintenance and working with Code Enforcement, and the importance of a preventive maintenance schedule, fire safety and prevention.

Dates and locations:
Wednesday, February 26th, 9am-2pm: Main Library
Monday, March 9th, 6-9pm: Main Library
Wednesday, March 11th, 6-9pm: Main Library
Saturday, April 18th, 10am-3pm: Clifton Branch
Friday, May 15th, 10am-3pm: Corryville Branch
Tuesday, August 18th, 3-6pm: Pleasant Ridge Branch
Thursday, August 20th, 3-6pm: Pleasant Ridge Branch
Monday, September 21st, 6-9pm: Main Library
Wednesday, September 23rd, 6-9pm: Main Library
Saturday, October 17th, 10am-3pm: Corryville Branch
Monday, November 16th, 1-6pm: Oakley Branch

Follow this link to learn more.

Cincinnati Museum Center:
Grab your lunch and join us! Our popular Brown Bag Lecture Series take place at the Forest Park Senior Center. With an emphasis on Cincinnati history, these informative and exciting lectures will inspire you to be more curious about the community around you.

Brown Bag lectures are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, but space is limited.
Lectures all take place at the Forest Park Senior Center, located at 11555 Winton Road, Cincinnati, Ohio. Lectures run from noon to 1 p.m. on the third Friday of the month.

2020 Lecture schedule:
February 21: Union Terminal
March 20: Cincinnati and the Presidents
April 17: Up & Away to Mt. Auburn
May 15: Emery Family Legacy
June 19: USS Cincinnati Commissioning Foundation
July 17: The Cincinnati Story, 1788 to 1925
September 18: Cincinnati and the Miami & Erie Canal
October 16: Historic Hauntings
November 20: Industries that Built the Queen City
December 18: Architecture – The Art Deco Era – 1920 to 1940

Follow this link to learn more.

Hamilton County Farm Bureau:
Hamilton County Farm Bureau has multiple scholarship opportunities for students pursuing post-secondary education including FFA students.

Application Deadlines:
• Active Member Agricultural Scholarship – April 1, 2020
• Community Member Agricultural Scholarship – April 1, 2020
• FFA Scholarship – April 1, 2020
If you have any questions, contact 513-831-5870 or via email at

Hamilton County Community Fair: 
Thank you must continue to be extended to the Hamilton County Community Fair for their ongoing support of Hamilton County 4-H. Hamilton County 4-H has removed the county wide membership fee. 4-H members interesting in exhibiting at the Community Fair will have the choice to purchase a Community Fair membership which will admit them to the fair every day and provide them with other benefits throughout the year. Be on the look out for more info soon!

Volunteer Needs:
Looking to volunteer with Hamilton County 4-H? We are looking for adults to serve as club advisors at our afterschool sites.

Follow this link to learn more about the job description.

Chick Quest:
It’s that time of the year. Classroom Teachers can sign up for ChickQuest. This year we are asking for a $25 donation (or whatever you can afford) to support the program payable by cash, Credit Card or Check to OSU Extension, Hamilton County. The basic kit includes, eggs, incubator, teacher manual, a cardboard brooder box, and a light. Workbooks for students cost $5 each or $50 for 25 books. Eggs will go out the first Wednesday of each month beginning in February and continuing through April.

Follow this link to learn more or to sign up.

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Nancy and Colonel David Bull, we can enhance the impact of the 4-H program for generations of youth to come through the establishment of an endowment to be used exclusively for 4-H programming in Hamilton County. Nancy and David Bull have a deep sense of the community of philanthropy. They would like to leverage their gift of $50,000, half the amount needed to fund the $100,000 endowment, as a challenge gift to other donors who are interested in establishing support of Hamilton County 4-H. Their gift will match dollar-for-dollar to the first $50,000 raised to establish the Hamilton County 4-H Endowment.

Follow this link to learn how you can donate.


Follow this link to view the Hamilton County 4-H 2020 Calendar.

Auricle courtesy of Tony Staubach, Extension Educator 4-H Youth Development, Hamilton County 

North Central Region Network Conference

Join National Urban Extension Leaders on May 18-19 for the NCR Network Conference to engage with colleagues from your region. The conference will be held at the Pyle Conference Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus located in the heart of Madison, Wisconsin.

Conference Goal: To build a network of urban Extension professionals in the North Central Region that leverages the knowledge and life experiences of the participants.

Conference Objectives:

  • Provide an affordable and high-quality professional development experience for urban Extension colleagues in the North Central Region.
  • Showcase Urban Extension models that are successful.
  • Leverage the knowledge and life experiences of the urban Extension professionals to improve work in our respective urban communities.

Follow this link to download the Conference Agenda.

The NUEL Steering Committee will meet on May 20 & 21 following the NCR Network Conference – All are welcome to attend! Be sure to register for the steering committee if you plan to attend.

Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: NUEL


Good Natured Garden Partners

A Growing Team sharing about their experience

A Growing Team sharing about their experience

Good Natured Garden Partners (GNGP) is a program that allows a collaboration between OSU Extension, Mahoning County, and youth programs throughout the Mahoning Valley. The groups in the program are called “growing teams.” The growing teams that participate have at least one adult facilitator and as many youth that want to take part in the garden. GNGP usually ranges from 10-15 growing teams per year. Growing teams are allowed to be sponsored by an organization, but do not have to be. The goal of these growing teams is to plant and care for a garden throughout the summer. Youth learn the importance of hard work, dedication, and responsibility through this program, while learning where their food comes from and how to provide for themselves.

Youth at the End of Summer Garden Party

Youth at the End of Summer Garden Party

At the end of the program GNGP have an “End of the Summer Garden Party” where the participants come together for fellowship and a friendly competition. The competition is for the growing teams to bring in the products of their gardens. There are categories for vegetables such as; best plate of peppers, best plate of tomatoes, biggest zucchini, best plate of cucumbers, other vegetables, vegetable oddities, best basket of vegetables, and dress up the vegetable. There are also categories for herbs and flowers such as; largest sunflower, best bouquet of flowers, and best bouquet of herbs. The youth participants receive ribbons and prizes during the competition for all of their hard work. During the garden party the growing teams are asked to come forward and tell about their time in the garden throughout the summer.

Follow this link to learn more.

Article courtesy of Kristen Eisenhauer, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development and Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mahoning County, Ohio.

Summit on Extension in Ohio’s Urban Communities

More than 40 participants, representing OSU Extension county and state offices as well as campus and community partners, participated in the January 29 Summit on Extension in Ohio’s Urban Communities. Participants explored converging interests of university, college, and national urban Extension. Diverse working groups discussed the pull of the future, push of the present, and weight of the past for the four strategic Ps outlined in the National Framework for Urban Extension – positioning, programs, personnel, and partnerships. These groups moved from dialogue about a potential future to specific goals for a planned future for 2020-2025. Students DaVonti’ Haynes and Amelia Michaels shared preliminary analysis of a case study conducted with Extension’s urban-serving teams in Ohio’s most populated counties. Two outstanding professionals, Chris and Marvin Olinsky, were celebrated for their contributions to Extension in Ohio’s urban communities. This event followed the OSU Sesquicentennial Think Beyond Summit on Urban Universities + Thriving Communities. See for additional information and opportunities to join the positive forward motion.

Overview of Adventure Central

Adventure Central is a trusted, community-based, positive youth development partnership serving at-risk children and their parents in the West Dayton community for over 19 years. This nationally recognized program has been at the forefront of positive youth development providing children and families opportunities to change their lives through building positive well-being, higher academic performance, and less involvement in risky behaviors.

At Adventure Central, we are unified by our belief that encouraging new experiences, especially in nature, can build life skills and confidence which make children happier, healthier, and more productive members of their community. Adventure Central is uniquely qualified to turn these beliefs into action and results through the passion, expertise, and resources of its core partners: Five Rivers MetroParks, Ohio State University Extension, and 4-H. Using nature, our high quality and diverse staff nurtures participants in life-changing activities that strengthen values, build lasting life skills, and empower youth to explore life’s possibilities.

Youth are engaged throughout the year in a variety of delivery methods to include after-school, day camp, and residential camping experiences all emphasizing sustained long term relationships. Special programmatic emphasis is also placed on supporting and developing teens through high quality work, service learning and leadership experiences.

Dayton Summer and After School Collaborative
Adventure Central is one of 10 programs at 17 sites in Dayton and Trotwood who are working together with funders and key institutions to improve program quality at our out-of-school time programs.

Focus areas include:
• Student attendance
• Academic behavior and growth
• Family engagement
• Social emotional learning
• Healthy lifestyles

Using common evaluation tools, data on more than 1,100 children annually (2017-19) indicates youth and program staff are seeing positive engagement in learning and connections with program staff, two bedrocks for program quality.


Key findings indicate:
• About 3 in 4 students said the program helped them get their homework done and make new friends.
• More than half indicated it helped them do better and try harder in school.
• More than half felt the program helped them read more often, do better in science and math and improved their writing.

These after school programs provided almost 250,000 hours of programming per year.


For more on this effort, check out this link.

Article courtesy of Nate Arnett, Director/Extension Educator, Adventure Central, The Ohio State University, Dayton, OH

Registration Now Open for the 2020 JCEP Extension Leadership Conference

JCEP 2020Professionals (JCEP) Board developed the Extension Leadership Conference to provide leadership training for professional association officers around the country. It has evolved into a premier conference for any Extension professional seeking leadership development, updates in national initiatives, and networking. The conference theme, A Vision For The Future, will be woven through the 32 concurrent and general sessions. The conference will be held February 12 -13, 2020, on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: ECOP

Denver Uses Data to Improve Youth Outcomes in Afterschool

As the number of cities building citywide afterschool systems continues to grow, a new report, “Using Data to Strengthen Afterschool Planning, Management, and Strategy” from The Wallace Foundation examines eight cities that established a management information system (MIS) to design and support the use of data in afterschool programs; including Denver, Colorado. The National League of Cities (NLC) spoke with Maxine Quintana, the Director of Out-of-School-Time Initiatives for the city and county of Denver, Colorado. Quintana supports the Denver Afterschool Alliance (DAA), the citywide intermediary working to increase access to quality afterschool programs. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Cities Speak.

Strengthen Ohio by Strengthening Cities and Urban-Rural Connections: Summit on Extension in Ohio’s Urban Communities

Summit on Extension in Ohio’s Urban Communities:
“Strengthen Ohio by Strengthening Cities and Urban-Rural Connections” will be held at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus, Wednesday, January 29, 2020

To better understand and address:

  • Real-life context of Extension work in urban communities (scale, diversity, complexity, urban-rural interface);
  • Alignment with the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Framework and Integration with university, college, and other converging interests;
  • OSU Extension’s strategies to be relevant locally, responsive statewide, recognized nationally; and
  • Strengthen Ohio by strengthening cities and urban-rural connections.

Who Should Attend?
The event is open to everyone interested in how OSU Extension can better address Ohio’s urban influence and urban-rural interface.

Registration is $20 (includes morning refreshment and lunch). Please register by January 20. The registration fee will be waived if a short article and photo for the OSU Extension in the City blog are submitted to Michelle by February 20.

Follow this link for agenda.
Follow this link to register.

The Urban Engagement Team would also like to extend an invitation join them for dinner following OSU Sesquicentennial Think Beyond Summit, Urban Universities, Thriving Communities on January 28, 2020.