Teen Tip: Developing Cultural Intelligence

Today’s Teen Tip video was created by Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Joseph M.  It is called “Developing Cultural Intelligence” and it can be found here. As one ventures away from one’s home, one may meet persons whose physical, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds differ from one’s own backgrounds. Cultural intelligence, a strategy to better understand others’ backgrounds, is one way to help one get to know, and perhaps develop friendships with those persons from diverse backgrounds.  Please share this video via social media platforms, with community partners, and any other youth serving organizations.

Summer Judging – Please Schedule an Interview Time by 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 10th!

Greetings 4-Hers!

Thank you to those who recently responded to last week’s survey regarding project completion options. We have taken survey responses into consideration, along with OSU’s guidance on primarily using virtual options for events due to the potential continued spread of COVID-19. In that light, we will be conducting project judging interviews using the online video conference format called Zoom. This will allow for a live, interactive interview with a judge and 4-Her. For those 4-Hers that do not have access to adequate technology to support a Zoom interview, we will offer a few limited slots for an in-person interview. Please read details below before choosing your judging appointment.

All SUMMER project judging will be conducted the week of July 13th. Projects will be judged on these originally scheduled days:

  • Monday, July 13: Food, Home Dec, Genealogy, Laundry, Health, Child Care
  • Tuesday, July 14: Demonstration, Communication, Creative Arts
  • Wednesday, July 15: Engineering and Environmental Science
  • Thursday, July 16: Clothing

Awards this year will be simplified with Outstandings and Honorable Mentions across projects. There is no state-level competition this year, so the primary focus of county judging will be the interview experience and an opportunity for the 4-Her to share what they have learned. Note: we will not be awarding special overall food or clothing awards this year.

Project displays: in order to offer flexibility, you may create a poster and have it near you for zoom judging, or a digital poster that you could ‘screen share’ and later print out to display at the fair. Note: food projects will NOT be required to complete a portfolio this year. Instead you could do a mini poster to display at the fair. The choice is yours.

Online (Zoom) Judging for all summer projects:

  • Extension staff will ‘host’ the meeting and send a link to the judge and 4-Her. Staff will remain online throughout the meeting as tech support, timekeeper and to provide a 2nd adult to avoid any one-on-one meetings with youth.
  • 4-Her and judge will utilize their own computer with a camera or device from their own homes.
  • This is a ‘live’ interactive interview and the judge can ask 4-Her questions.
  • Training will be provided on how to participate in a zoom interview.

In-person Judging for youth without access to internet or computer/phone:

  • Note: this option is reserved for members who cannot do a zoom interview because they do not have access to technology
  • Safety measures:
    • 4-Hers, judges and staff will be asked to wear masks. (provided if needed)
    • Plexiglass tabletop shields positioned between the judge and 4-Her
    • 6-foot distance between everyone
    • Surfaces will be sanitized after each 4-Her
  • Held at the Ed Sands building at the fairgrounds the week of July 13.
  • 4-Hers will wait in their car until it is time to be judged.

As a reminder, if you have a project that you do not plan to complete, please email Missy Koenig at Koenig.398@osu.edu with the project you wish to drop from your record. You also have the option of interviewing with your club advisor for project completion. Please contact your advisor to make arrangements.

We are excited to see all that you have completed and learned in your 4-H projects this summer. Please click on this link to schedule your SUMMER judging appointment by 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 10th: Summer Judging Scheduling Link Please note:  If you have multiple summer projects or multiple 4-H members, you will need to re-select the link to schedule additional projects, it is not member specific.

~Fairfield County 4-H Team

Please Respond: Member survey regarding 2020 4-H Projects

All 4-H members (excluding Cloverbuds) should have received an email from Stacy Hicks on Tuesday, June 16th that shares an overview of 4-H project completion. Families with multiple 4-H members should receive multiple emails personalized to each member. We are asking that all 4-H members reply to the survey so we can continue making plans for summer judging. We have decided to extend the deadline for response to this email to Sunday, June 21st.  Please refer to the email you received for a link to follow and complete the survey to help us plan for judging this year.  The survey will take less than 30 seconds to complete.  If you have any questions, please contact the office at 740-653-5419. If you did not see an email with this survey link, please let us know (and be sure to check your junk/spam folders in your email).

Thank you for your help!

Perfect Stay at Home 4-H Projects – DOWNLOAD 4-H Books for FREE!

Download these 4-H Project Books for free. A special collection of project books is available for free on the Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects web page (https://ohio4h.org/stayathomeprojects). Click on the book you want, and when the file opens on your screen, save or print it from there.

The following 4-H Project Books are available and currently posted on the website listed above:

  • 91 Discovering 4-H
  • 409 Sew Fun
  • 496 My Favorite Things (collectibles)
  • 588 The Writer In You
  • 592 Get Started in Art
  • 442 Family History Treasure Hunt
  • 459 Let’s Start Cooking
  • 462 Yeast Breads on the Rise
  • 485 Racing the Clock to Awesome Meals
  • 359 Your Thoughts Matter
  • 405 The Laundry Project
  • 491 It’s My Home
  • 375 Leadership Road Trip: Where Are You Going?
  • 376 Pantry Panic
  • 611 Explore the Outdoors
  • 621 Ohio Birds
  • 493 Science Fun with Kitchen Chemistry
  • 540 Not Just Knots
  • 173 Horseless Horse
  • 500 Science Fund with Physics

For accessible formats of these publications, visit cfaes.osu.edu/accessibility.

Additionally, Fairfield County Only Projects (COP) Books are available for a FREE Download for our Pie and Candy Projects. Click here to download these books: COP Fairfield County Pie Project or COP Fairfield County Candy Project.

Please make sure these projects are added to your 4-H enrollment this year. If you have already submitted your enrollment and it has been approved, email Missy Koenig (koenig.398@osu.edu) with the changes you would like to make to your projects. Enrollments are due May 1st!

2021 4-H Youth in Action Award Applications Now Open!

In 4‑H, you’ve developed your passion. You’ve found your purpose. You’ve inspired others – and now you’re moving forward. Share how 4‑H propelled you to change your community and you could earn a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. for National 4‑H Council’s Legacy Awards!

The 2021 4‑H YOUTH IN ACTION APPLICATION is now open! 

Learn more about the 2020 4‑H YOUTH IN ACTION PILLAR WINNERS AND FINALISTS HERE.

The 4‑H Youth in Action Program recognizes four confident young leaders with diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives in our core pillar areas: agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living and STEM.

Each Pillar Winner will experience an exciting year of telling their 4‑H story and celebrating their leadership. Winners receive:

  • $5,000 higher education scholarship
  • Promotional video showcasing their 4‑H impact story
  • All-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for National 4‑H Council’s Legacy Awards
  • Networking opportunities with 4‑H celebrities and other prominent alumni
  • Recognition as the official 4‑H youth spokesperson for their pillar

One Pillar Winner will be selected as the 4‑H Youth in Action National Award Winner and will receive an additional higher education scholarship.

For more information, click here.

International Host Families Needed

Hello Potential Fairfield County Host Families: Now is the time to submit applications to host international youth in the summer of 2020!

2020 Hosting Information!

  • 50 Families will be selected to host Japanese youth and adults (July 23 – August 17).
  • You must have a child in your family aged 10-16 to host a youth. No children are required to host an adult.
  • Applications Due ASAP – Until all exchangees are placed. Japanese youth and adults are typically placed by March or April.
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance after references, home visit & background checks are completed.

Japanese Youth and Adults

*** Ohio host siblings for Japanese youth should be ages 10-16. *** Ohio host siblings will be matched with a Japanese youth of the same gender & approximate age. *** Applications accepted until all youth are placed, usually in late April.

2020 Host Family Application 

Please complete the application by following the instructions on page 1. This application can only be completed using a desktop or laptop computer. (No tablets, phones, etc.) You will be instructed to save the application form to your desktop or laptop with a NEW name BEFORE entering information to it – otherwise, your information will be lost. You will need the names, email addresses and phone numbers for your 3 references in order to submit the form. You will also need 1-2 family photos, although they can be submitted separately or at a later time. Questions? thalheimer.1@osu.edu

2020 SAMPLE Host Family Application – Click above to see a finished application! 

 

Additional information can be found on the State 4-H Website at: https://ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/international-program

2020 News for 4-H and Ohio Military Kids

Here’s to the start of new decade for Ohio Military Kids! This will be a year of appreciation as we embrace 2020 with open minds and big hearts. We extend our appreciation to those past, present, and future who contribute time and efforts to support the increasing number of military-affiliated youth served by OMK.

Ohio Military Kids is a partnership with Ohio State University Extension 4-H Youth Development and Ohio National Guard Family Readiness. This partnership allows us to put on numerous events around the state of Ohio. From overnights, daylong programs, weekend camps, and even a week-long camp, these events are open to youth of military families. 4-H older youth and adults can volunteer for OMK events, including as camp counselors in the summer!

 With our event season approaching, we are all excited to embrace the new year of 2020! Ohio Military Kids just launched their first wave of events for March and April. These events include two daylong horse camps, a zoo overnight, and a weekend farm visit. Visit our website at go.osu.edu/OMKevents to learn more about the 2020 adventures of Ohio Military Kids!

National 4-H Youth in Action Awards: 2021 Applications are OPEN!

It’s a new year, and we’re introducing a new application season for the Youth in Action program! We’ve heard from Extension professionals and students that spring is a better time for youth to apply for scholarships, so we’ve shifted our application season to better support 4-H’ers and professionals alike! From January 29 – April 27, 2020 youth can share their stories of developing passion, finding purpose and inspiring others by applying for the 4-H Youth in Action Awards for a chance to earn a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, DC! Learn more.

Teen Opportunity: 2020 Youth Capital Challenge applications due 12/15/2019

Exceptional community citizenship is one of the values that makes FFA, 4-H and Farm Bureau such successful organizations. These groups are partnering again for the 2020 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge, giving teens the chance to get involved and have a hands-on experience that will enable them to make their communities a better place.

Up to 40 delegates will be selected for the 2020 Challenge. Delegates will travel to an all-expense paid advocacy training March 2-3 in Columbus for Phase One of the challenge and meet with Ohio legislators. Delegates will work in their assigned delegate teams during the following months to develop a public policy issue and proposed solution and prepare a presentation for public hearing. Delegate teams will come together again in Columbus May 16, 2020 to present their proposed policy. Finalist teams will be invited to compete at the Ohio State Fair July 31 for scholarship dollars..

Read about the 2019 participants and winning projects.

Who can be nominated or apply?
Delegates must be in at least the ninth grade and between the ages of 14 and 18 during the 2019-2020 school year. Delegates are expected to have concern for local community issues and a desire to be more involved in advocating for their community. Cost to youth is $30 upon selection as a delegate. Students can be nominated by county Farm Bureau boards of trustees, or local teachers, or students can self-nominate.

Delegate nominations must be received by Nov. 11, 2019.
Delegate applications must be received by Dec. 15, 2019.

Online extras

2020 Challenge brochure

2020 Delegate nomination information and form

2020 Delegate application

Source: Ohio’s Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net

Teen Opportunity: Ohio Youth Capital Challenge

Exceptional community citizenship is one of the values that makes FFA, 4-H, and Farm Bureau successful organizations. These groups are partnering to bring the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge to your members. Teens – if you have a concern for local community issues and a desire to be move involved – please contact Leslie Cooksey (cooksey.25@osu.edu) for your nomination! Delegate nominations are due by November 11, 2019. Information has been posted for the 2020 challenge at www.ohioffa.org/programs/ohio-yough-capital-challenge/.