Take the Leap Year is a teen-led, five-month, free program available to Ohio 4-H Teens ages 13-18. The goal is to help teens from Ohio gain leadership skills, career development skills, and learn how to establish and maintain goals. They will learn these skills through programming, journaling, and working with their peers.
Registration is now open at go.osu.edu/taketheleap and due January 24, 2021.
More information about the program:
Meetings will be held virtually on the third Wednesday of each month from February-May. There will be two meetings in June, with one on the second Wednesday of the month and on the fourth Wednesday. These workshops will be held in the evening. Each session will have different themes taught by teen leaders. Prior to beginning in February, registered participants will receive a package in the mail with supplies for the program.
Plans with the corresponding month:
- February: This meeting will be an introduction to the program. Throughout the program, we are challenging teens to pick one word to apply to all aspects of their life. This word can help them reach their goals.
- March: Working with teens to develop a 5-year plan to help them determine what they would like to accomplish in the near future.
- April: Teens will learn professionalism skills that will benefit them in their later careers. They will learn about resume building, elevator pitches, business cards, and much more!
- May: Participants will learn about state opportunities within the Ohio 4-H program.
- June (2nd Wednesday): Q& A with 4-H alumni and the opportunity to learn about several career paths.
- June (4th Wednesday): Closing Ceremony
Thinking about running for an office in your 4-H Club this year, but don’t know “what it takes” or the responsibilities of each position?
New Officer Resources have been added to the Ohio 4-H website! These resources are quick guides that offer information on the importance of campaigning for club offices, officer position descriptions, and tips for holding elections.
The following resources are available:
- Why Are 4-H Club Elections Important?
- Campaigning for a 4-H Club Officer Position
- What Does it Take to Be 4-H Club President?
- What Does it Take to Be 4-H Club Vice President?
- What Does it Take to Be 4-H Club Secretary?
- What Does it Take to Be 4-H Club Treasurer?
- What Does it Take to Be 4-H Club Reporter?
- What Does it Take to Be 4-H Club Healthy Living -Health Officer?
- What Does it Take to Be 4-H Club Healthy Living- Safety Officer?
- What Does it Take to Be 4-H Club Recreation Leader?
- What Does it Take to Be 4-H Club Community Service Officer?
Click here to visit the site.
Ohio 4-H is seeking input from you to help us design virtual programming that would be specific to ages 13-19. We know that during a time of distance learning and modified 4-H programs, that there are many new opportunities to explore! With your feedback to a short survey, Ohio 4-H intends to use your thoughts and ideas in offering more teen-specific programs that can be accessed virtually!
Please visit www.go.osu.edu/ohio4hteeninterest and respond to the survey questions by October 16, to have your feedback shared! If you received this survey from another source, you are only asked to complete it once. Thank you in advance for taking a few moments to complete this survey!
The Tractor Supply Paper Clover campaign runs from October 7-18. Customers can purchase a paper clover at checkout from the Eastgate or Milford TSC, and 90% of funds come back to Clermont County 4-H to support scholarships for camp and leadership programs.
Junior Fair Board (JFB) is currently accepting applications for 2020. JFB members oversee many important tasks for the Clermont County Junior Fair. Members solicit award sponsorships, organize the awards and supplies for all youth events (pre-fair week and during the week), assist in the execution of various Junior Fair events and activities, and assist in planning before the fair for facilities, judges, rules, etc. They work in a cooperative effort with the Senior Fair Board, Senior Superintendents, Extension Office staff and club/chapter advisors.
Youth ages 13-18 who are involved in a youth organization are eligible to apply. Participation in the Junior Fair Board is a excellent opportunity for youth to development leadership and organizational skills; plus, it looks great on a resume! Applications are online this year and are due by Friday, October 11. Click the links below to apply.
- First time applicants must submit 1 personal reference; current members do NOT need to.
- Reference form link should be emailed to their reference to fill out.
- Questions: contact Pam Burns 513-265-3248, firstname.lastname@example.org
Clermont County 4-H teens, Ethan Pfankuch and Luke Uhlenbrock are making a change in their communities through innovation and leadership. Thanks to a partnership between 4‑H and Microsoft, youth can lead positive change in a digital-driven world. Our 4-H Tech ChangeMakers enjoyed spending time at Bethel Woods and Miami Township Lifelong Learning Centers engaging with older adults and helping them navigate technology. During their visit the Tech Teens answered questions and guided discussion regarding cell phones. They are looking forward to follow-up visits later this summer and fall.
Applications and more information to be an Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) member are now available online at: go.osu.edu/TLC. Applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation) are due (not postmarked; received!) by Friday, August 9, 2019. The term for selected individuals will be September 1, 2019-August 31, 2020.
Current Members from Clermont County: Sarah Francis (Heritage Builders), Maddie Hill (Buckles & Boots), Lillian Wildey (Buckles & Boots)
Changes are in the Air! In 2019, this program will referred to as the Ohio Lamb and Wool Ambassador Program, the person selected will serve as an ambassador for the industry throughout their year of reign at numerous promotional events and activities around the state.
Selection takes place at the Ohio State Fair. Contestants will attend an interview and answer an impromptu question from a panel of judges at the conclusion of the Ohio State Fair Guys and Gals lead competition. The selection of the ambassador is based on personality, presentation, poise and knowledge of the Ohio Sheep, Lamb and Wool industry.
Please note: this contest has been opened up to both male and female contestants.
Contestants are encouraged to participate in the Ohio State Fair Guys and Gals Lead competition and we encourage all youth between the ages of 17-22 who are involved in the industry to consider applying for this position. This is a tremendous opportunity to build a wealth of knowledge of the Ohio sheep, lamb and wool industry, expand communication skills, and network within Ohio agriculture.
If you or someone you know is interested in applying for the 2019-2020 Ohio Lamb and Wool Ambassador, please download the application by visiting ohiosheep.org . All applications must be postmarked to the Ohio State Fair by June 20, 2019.
If you would like more information on the Ohio Lamb and Wool Ambassador contest or would like the 2018-19 Ohio Lamb and Wool Queen Kait Stillion to make an appearance at your local event, please contact Kristin Reese at 614-582-3208 or localfarmmom@gmail.
Google Doc Application Available here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSebKFGD6NRDjR0oElHKx1kCKtOajpR1EzTXl0CFRSpWnutl-A/viewform
Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council members, Sarah Francis and Lillian Wildey, were selected as Ohio delegates to attend the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. National 4‑H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4‑H Civic Engagement, providing the opportunity for young people to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, their nation and their world. Sarah and Lilly participated in hands-on activities to learn about civic engagement, civic education and personal development. They attended roundtable meetings to discuss current issues, such as Ag Challenges and Youth Policy and developed briefings to present to government agencies related to their topic.
Throughout the week, Sarah and Lilly had the chance to explore our Nation’s Capitol and pay tribute to those that fought for our freedom. They also got to see the cherry blossoms in their peak blooms! They visited Capitol Hill and had the chance to meet with some of our Ohio legislators including Senator Rob Portman and Representatives Jim Jordan, Bill Johnson, and Brad Wenstrup.
Sarah Francis is a member of Heritage Builders 4-H Club and Lillian Wildey is a member of Buckles and Boots 4-H Club. Congratulations, Sarah and Lillian! We’re proud to have you represent Ohio and Clermont County 4-H!