Ohio 2019

IFYE Host Family Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where do participants come from?

IFYE program participants come to the U.S. from Europe, Latin America, Asia, South America, and the Pacific.  In 2019, Ohio will host Boonsita from Thailand and Alain from Switzerland. Click here for more information.

  • What do IFYEs do?

IFYE stresses family living as the heart of the learning experience, offering young people the chance to experience other cultures through personal involvement in the homes, schools, and communities of their host countries. IFYEs are expected to join in almost all aspects of U.S. family life – sharing quiet moments, as well as taking on household and family chores, celebrating birthdays and holidays, enjoying family vacations, and participating in community activities.

  • What will I have to provide as a host family?

Room and board, love and understanding, care, and guidance.

  • How long would an IFYE stay with my family?

Approximately three to four weeks in your home; a lifetime in your memories

  • What do host families do?

Host families play a unique role in helping participants discover daily life in a new country. They welcome the IFYE into their homes as a member of the family, rather than as a guest or tourist. In turn, the IFYE shares in most daily activities, just as a natural son or daughter. The family is responsible for introducing their young person to American culture through the normal support of a caring, understanding family. Host families provide affection, meals, a bed, and more – just as they would for their own family members.

  • Must I have children of my own to be a host family?

No. Host families are of all sizes and backgrounds. Families with young children at home, grown children, and no children have all hosted international youth successfully. The most important qualification is a love of young people.

  • What expenses will I have to pay?

Host families are expected to pay only for food and housing. The young person will bring their own money for incidental expenses.

  •  Will we be paid?

Families who volunteer to host exchangees receive no compensation. We believe that to put the relations on a fee-for-service basis undermines the quality of the experience and adversely affects the basic aims of the program. Families are not selected on the basis of wealth, but on the capacity for caring and their capabilities for showing and sharing qualities that have made our country as it is. Just as importantly, IFYEs are selected for their desire to participate in a family living situation.

  • What do we get out of this?

Your family gains while giving. For U.S. families, the program offers an opportunity to host an international young person and to watch that person and the entire family grow in understanding of and sensitivity to another culture. Opening your home and heart to an international exchange participant can be an enlightening and rewarding experience for any family willing to take on the opportunity. You not only share your way of life but you learn about another.  You also have the opportunity to make a lifelong international connection.  Many IFYE host families often travel abroad to visit the IFYE that stayed in their home.

  • How may my family become a host family?

A host family application can be found at  After the application is completed, background checks will be conducted for any adults in the household.  In Ohio, please contact one of the Ohio volunteers listed below.

  • What if all the adults in the house work during the day?

If the adults in the house are working during the day, talk to neighbors and friends.  Have the IFYE shadow a local vet, seed salesperson, farmer, or small business owner.   IFYEs love to jump in and help where they can.  IFYEs are also independent.  Loan the IFYE a bike for the afternoon to visit a small town or take them to the local library to explore.  Your IFYE state volunteers can help plan this time with you as well.

  • What if my family can’t host but we want to be involved?

Please contact one of the Ohio volunteers below if you would like to have an IFYE spend the day with you at work, on your farm, or visit your family for a meal.

OHIO IFYE VOLUNTEERS and contact information

Cheryl Gerber  440-670-9067

Jen Shaffer   419-516-1317

Kyle von Kamp 419-560-4020


Alan Lambert – National Program Director

ASPIRE physics camp for high school girls June 3rd-7th and June 10th-14th

Hi 4H friends,

OSU physics in Columbus will be running a physics camp (2 SESSIONS) for high school girls June 3-7 and June 10-14. The camp is a mixture of STEMcoding activities (including the asteroids game from the STEMcoding youtube channel), hands on STEM activities, and panel discussions with women in science. It will be ran by ASPIRE (Achieving in Science Through Physics Instrumentation, Research, and Exploration)

A flyer describing the program is attached.

Here is a video inviting students to apply:

ASPIRE camp for high school women in Central Ohio — Apply today! – YouTube<>

Learn more about the Ohio State ASPIRE physics camp for high school girls in Central Ohio.

To apply:

Scholarships are available!

ASPIRE is NOT an overnight camp.

The camp is $50 for the week but full scholarships are available.

Horse IDs & Vaccine Records due May 31st



Quality Assurance-Proof of completion due May 31st!

Quality Assurance-Proof of completion due May 31st!

Please check your 4-H online account to confirm that you have completed either the class or the test out option. You can do this by logging into your member account and it is listed on the lower right hand corner.

IF you have not completed there are a few options still available in Ohio:

Knox County Thursday, May 16, 2019 None None 6 – 7:30 p.m. – no one permitted after 6:15 p.m. Danvile High School 405 S. Market Street Danville, OH 43014 X X Andrea Rees 740-397-0401 ext. 1301
Washington County Thursday, May 16, 2019 None None 7:00 PM Washington Co Career Center, 21740 SR 676 Marietta, OH 45750 X X Kathryn Hartline 740-376-7433
Fairfield County Saturday, May 18, 2019 None None 9:30 – 11:30 AM Fairfield County Fairgrounds – 157 E Fair Ave Lancaster, OH 43130 X X Leslie Cooksey 740-652-7260 Attendees must be on time!
Guernsey County Saturday, May 18, 2019 None None 9:00 AM-10:30 AM Guernsey County Fairgrounds, Swine Barn, 335 Old National Road Old Washington, Ohio 43768 X X Michelle Fehr 740-489-5300 Swine Clinic to follow
Clinton County Sunday, May 19, 2019 None Friday, June 21, 2019 10:00 AM Clinton Co Fairground, Expo 958 W Main St. Wilmington, OH 45177 X $5 Tracie Montague 937-382-0901
Portage County Sunday, May 19, 2019 None Thursday, May 16, 2019 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 4215 Fairground Rd Atwater, OH 44201 X $5 Jeanie Stenson 330-296-6432
Fulton County Monday, May 20, 2019 Day of Day of 3:15 PM 840 Parkview St Wauseon, OH 43567 X X Katie Black
Clinton County Tuesday, May 21, 2019 None None 6:30 PM Clinton Co Fairground, Expo 958 W Main St. Wilmington, OH 45177 X $5 Tracie Montague 937-382-0901
Champaign County Wednesday, May 22, 2019 None None 6:30 PM Champaign Co Community Center, 1512 S US Highway 68 Urbana, Ohio 43078 X X OSUE 937-484-1526
Morrow County Wednesday, May 22, 2019 None None 6:15 PM Morrow County FG 195 S. Main Street Mt. Gilead, OH 43338 X X Becky Barker 419-947-1070 General QA
Wayne County Wednesday, May 22, 2019 None None 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Fisher Auditorium 1680 Madison Ave. Wooster, Ohio 44691 X X Sarah Boreman 330.264.8722
Coshocton County Thursday, May 23, 2019 None None 7:00 PM-9:00 PM Coshocton Christian Tabernacle Church 23891 Airport Rd Coshocton, OH 43812 X X Jenny Strickler 740-622-2265 Arrive early, doors shut promptly at 7pm
Huron County Thursday, May 23, 2019 None None 7:00 PM-8:00 PM South Central High School, 3305 Greenwich Angling Rd Greenwich, OH 44837 X $10.00 Bonnie Malone (419) 668-8219
Licking County Thursday, May 23, 2019 None None 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM Licking Valley High School – Auditorium Newark, OH 43055 X X Lisa McCutcheon 740.670.5315 No test-out opportunities
Medina County Thursday, May 23, 2019 None None 6:30 PM Medina County Community Center, 735 Lafayette Rd Medina, OH 44258 X $5 Morgan Domokos 330-725-4913 No entry after the first 10 minutes
Morgan County Thursday, May 23, 2019 None None 6:30 PM-8:30 PM Morgan High School, 800 Raider Dr McConnelsville OH 43756 X X Pam Montgomery 740-962-4854
Ross County Thursday, May 23, 2019 Friday, March 01, 2019 Friday, March 01, 2019 5:00 PM Ross County Service Center, 475 Western Ave. Chillicothe, OH 45601 X X Katie Feldhues 740-702-3200
Sandusky County Thursday, May 23, 2019 None 24 hours prior 6:30 PM Vanguard Tech Center; 1306 Cedar St Fremont, OH 43420 X $10 Gwen Soule 419-334-6342 Confirmation of attendance is emailed, sign in on out of county sign in please (new 2019)
Mahoning County Saturday, May 25, 2019 None None 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Canfield Fairgrounds, 7265 Columbiana-Canfield Rd Canfield, OH 44406 X $5.00 Kim Moff 330-547-6633 Parent/guardian required to attend with youth
Huron County Tuesday, May 28, 2019 None None 7:00 PM-8:00 PM Huron County Administration Building, 180 Milan Ave Norwalk, OH 44857 X $10.00 Bonnie Malone (419) 668-8219
Ashtabula County Wednesday, May 29, 2019 None In advance 6:30 PM Ashtabula County Fairgrounds – Expo Building 127 N. Elm Street Jefferson, OH 44047 X $5.00 Jenna Hoyt 440-576-9008 No entry after the first 10 minutes
Auglaize County Wednesday, May 29, 2019 None None 7:00 PM Auglaize Co. Fairgrounds – Junior Fair Building Wapakoneta, OH 45895 X X Beth Miller 419-739-6580 Plan to be in line for registration by 6:45 p.m.
Lorain County Wednesday, May 29, 2019 None None 6:30 PM 46300 Butternut Ridge Rd. Oberlin, Ohio 44074 X X Julie Mackey 440-326-5851 Doors lock and no admittance if 10 minutes late.  See Julie for Certificate to take back to your county.
Champaign County Thursday, May 30, 2019 None None 6:30 PM Champaign Co Community Center, 1512 S US Highway 68 Urbana, Ohio 43078 $20 $20 OSUE 937-484-1526
Fulton County Thursday, May 30, 2019 Day of Day of 7:00 PM OSU Extension Conference Rooms 8770 State Route 108 Wauseon, OH 43567 X X Kayla Miller 419-337-9210
Hocking County Thursday, May 30, 2019 Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Tuesday, May 28, 2019 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM OSUE Hocking, 150 N. Homer Ave. Logan, OH 43138 $20.00 $20.00 Angelia Seum 740-385-3222 * Cash, check or money order only. We do not accept debit or credit cards. No admission after start time. Classes close as they fill.
Noble County Thursday, May 30, 2019 None None 6:30 PM Caldwell H.S. 516 Fairground St. Caldwell, OH  43724 X X Nancy Snook 740.732.5681
Perry County Thursday, May 30, 2019 None None 7:00 PM Sheridan HS, Sheridan Rd. Thornville, OH 43076 $10 $10 Jessica Rockey 740-743-1602

Per the rules of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, all livestock exhibitors (market and breeding livestock) must either attend a Quality Assurance Program (QA) or successfully test out of QA in order to exhibit livestock at the Shelby County Junior Fair or the Ohio State Fair. A parent or guardian of all junior exhibitors (ages 8, 9, 10, and 11) must also attend one of the sessions. Intermediates and Seniors who have not already tested out can do so one hour prior to the start of each QA session. QA can be taken in-county or out-of-county. Those exhibitors who take QA out-of-county are responsible for reporting and verifying what session they attended, as well as when and where.

Quality Assurance Test Out Guidelines

  • Youth ages 12-14 who pass the test can test out of their annual QA program for up to 3 years. Passing of this test only exempts attendance at QA until the member reaches a 4-H age of 15. At that time, they would take the 15-18 year old test.
  • Youth ages 15-18 years of age who pass the QA test can test out of their annual QA program permanently.
  • All ages are based on a member’s 4-H age (the age that they are as of January 1 of the current year).

What will be on the Quality Assurance Test?

This year the test will primarily be over the Good Production Practices 7, 8 and 9 but other Good Production Practices will be included.

We recommend that members study their 4-H Project Resource Book, focusing on the Quality Assurance section of the book.

You can also use the following references to study:

Hog Id’s are DUE TODAY

Hog Id’s are due Friday, 5/17/2019!

  • Must be submitted to the Extension Office by May 17, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.No faxed copies or late forms accepted.
  • Pictures must be included with this application at time of entry.
  • A maximum of 5 pigs may be entered per hog-exhibiting child residing at the family’s primary residence as listed in 4 – H Online or, for FFA members, at the school at which the exhibitor attends.
  • Only 4 hogs per exhibitor may be brought to the fair

Any of the following combinations are allowed (per exhibitor):

  1. i. 4 purebreds
  2. ii. 3 purebreds, 1  crossbred
  3. iii. 2 purebreds, 2 crossbreds

THREE  pictures must be  included with this  form for  each hog entered. 

  1.  Picture 1  : color, side  view picture
  2.  Picture 2 : left ear notch
  3.  Picture 3 : right ear notch
    • i.  The hog must  be  clean.
    • ii. Minimum  picture size  is 3”  x 5”
    • iii.   Polaroids  will be accepted

Write on the back of each picture (3 total) for each hog entered :

    • 1. Family Name
    • 2. Ear Notch #
    • 3. Class # (1  59 or 1 60 )
    • 4. Sex
    • 5. Color
    • 6. Breed

Click here for ID

Members taking Insect projects we now have some great resources!

Insect Collection Guide

Unfortunately, 644R Insect Collection Guide is not yet ready for publication. In the meantime, these resources will help.

From Exploring Our Insect World

Our previous insect books had great basic collecting information. Prefer to keep using those? Here are the pages about collecting:

Do you know that they have a site filled with information?

Visit Insect Adventure!!!


Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost Seeks High School Students to Serve on Teen Ambassador Board

Just found out about this opportunity for this falls juniors and seniors from Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost:

Teen Ambassador Board 2019-2020 Academic Year


The Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board is open to high school juniors and seniors from public, private, home, charter, and online schools located in Ohio. Ideal candidates are motivated, enthusiastic, self-starters who are interested in law and government.

What?The mission of the Teen Ambassador Board is to provide Ohio’s future leaders with an inside look at Ohio law and government. The Board consists of high school students from around the state. Applicants selected will serve a one-year term and convene twice in Columbus during their tenure on the Board. Members will advise our office on issues relating to teens and work with their peers to develop solutions to those issues. Students will be placed into small groups, advised by an Assistant Attorney General. Members will attend presentations on a wide variety of topics.

Students will also have the opportunity to meet with Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, attend events around the state throughout the year, visit our Columbus and regional offices, interact with Assistant Attorneys General, and hear from various elected officials.

Why?The Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board gives Ohio’s teens an unparalleled opportunity to engage in government and law. Students will address some of the greatest issues facing our state and develop solutions to improve the lives of Ohioans. Ambassadors will have the opportunity to receive training on important and pertinent matters, meet with elected officials and interact with Assistant Attorneys General.

Previously, the Board met with the Ohio Attorney General, members of the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives, toured the Ohio Supreme Court and met with Supreme Court Justices, and spoke with senior administrative staff, employees, and BCI scientists of the Attorney General’s Office.


State 4-H Fashion Board

State 4-H Fashion Board

The State 4-H Fashion Board is a group of outstanding 4-H teens from across the state interested in clothing and textiles. Counties can nominate one 4-H clothing member for each year’s State Fashion Board. Approximately 20 teens are selected for a one-year term. Selections are conducted during the Ohio State Fair Fashion Revue and application materials are included in the State Fair Handbook. The State 4-H Fashion Board’s purpose is to assist in conducting the State Fair 4-H Fashion Revue, 4-H clothing workshop sessions and promote Ohio 4-H clothing projects and programs.

The State 4-H Fashion Board meets face-to-face four to five times during the year. A fall orientation meeting is held to review the roles and responsibilities of State Fashion Board members, and develop plans for educational programs throughout the upcoming year. A winter meeting is held to recognize retiring members, evaluate the prior Ohio State 4-H Fashion Revue, and finalize plans for educational programs the group may decide to conduct for the year. Board members present at the Ohio 4-H Conference in March. A summer meeting is held to prepare for the Ohio State Fair 4-H Fashion Revue.

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