Teen Opportunity: 2021 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge (applications due 1/18/2021)

The 2021 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge is now accepting applications and nominations for members who want to learn more about government and public policy and make a difference in their community. Participants will learn how to identify local issues, create solutions and follow the policy making process through state government. Youth from 4-H, FFA and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation work in teams, with support from college-age mentors. In 2021 delegates will participate in a series of online modules with topics designed to help them have a hands-on advocacy experience. Each team will work together remotely and present their solutions for the opportunity to receive a scholarship.

4-H members who are in at least ninth grade and between the ages of 14-18 during the 2020-21 school year are invited to apply.

Applications will remain open until January 18, 2021

New Year, New You: Making YOUR Best Better (4-H SPIN Club for Teens)

Greetings 4-H Youth and Parents,

January starts a new year, let’s make a new you.  We are excited to offer New Year, New You: Making YOUR Best Better (targeted at youth in 5th-8th Grades).  We will tackle topics that will help you be informed to make the best choices for the best you.  You will receive a fun swag bag in the mail when you sign up that contains items that relate to the weekly topics.  Each week we will have guest speaker(s), activities, and time to talk with other youth when we meet for about an hour.

You are invited to join New Year, New You: Making YOUR Best Better series being held on Sundays February 7 – March 14, 2021. These sessions will be held virtually on ZOOM from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.  The attached flyer provides a brief description and information on how to register. More information will be given to youth once registered.

Weekly session topics:

  • February 7          New Year, New You, and the Awesome Things You Can Do!
  • February 14        Boys, Girls, Crushes and Feelings…Oh My! What’s Appropriate, Safety & Etiquette.
  • February 21        TikTok, Snapchat, Insta are They Just Fun?   Seriously is Human Trafficking a Thing?
  • February 28        Work’n for a Live’n…jobs, image, and beyond.
  • March 7               What’s up with Vaping, Marijuana, and Alcohol?
  • March 14             New Year, Healthy You! Be Your Best Physically, Mentally and Emotionally

Hurry to register! Spots and swag bags are limited.  Participants will receive up to $40 worth of fun, useful swag items.   To register go to go.osu.edu/spinnyny  Registration deadline is January 15!!

Parent/guardian note: Are you convinced this is a good activity, but your child isn’t sold?  May we suggest a conversation where you express these are important topics for your child to learn more about and you set a family goal with an incentive for him/her to participate.

Can’t wait to see you in 2021!!

Andrea Cole, Katie Cole, Allison Cooper, Liz Hirzel, Angie Holmes

Extension Educators, 4-H Youth Development

Questions about 4-H Award Forms and Applications? Drop in for Open Office Hours via Zoom 12/28 and 12/29

We hope everyone has made progress on their 4-H award forms and applications this month. If you have questions or just want to know where to start… drop in for my office hours via Zoom next week on Monday and Tuesday.

Information on Older Youth Opportunities and Awards (including Junior Achievement Forms):
Award Forms are available at http://go.osu.edu/20olderyouth

Open Office Hours via Zoom for Older Youth Award Forms:
December 28th from 1-3 p.m. http://go.osu.edu/1228officehours
December 29th from 1-3 p.m. http://go.osu.edu/1229officehours

2021 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge

The 2021 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge is now accepting applications and nominations for members who want to learn more about government and public policy and make a difference in their community. Participants will learn how to identify local issues, create solutions and follow the policy making process through state government. Youth from 4-H, FFA and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation work in teams, with support from college-age mentors. In 2021 delegates will participate in a series of online modules with topics designed to help them have a hands-on advocacy experience. Each team will work together remotely and present their solutions for the opportunity to receive a scholarship.

Youth who are in at least ninth grade and between the ages of 14-18 during the 2020-21 school year are invited to apply or can be nominated by their educator/teacher.

Applications will remain open until January 18, 2021. Apply or nominate a student today.

2021 Ohio Fair Schedule Now Available

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Dec. 21, 2020) –The Ohio Department of Agriculture today released the official dates for the 2021 fair season.

The Paulding County Fair will kick off the 2021 fair season on June 12, and the season will wrap up on October 16 with the Fairfield County Fair. For a complete schedule, click here.

In addition to setting and approving the dates for the independent and county fairs, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is responsible for helping to ensure the safety of fair amusement rides, monitoring livestock shows to ensure honest competition and coordinating animal health efforts with local veterinarians.

Contact: Katie Boyer, (614) 563-6974, katie.boyer@agri.ohio.gov

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The Ohio 4-H Achievement Form: Your GATEWAY to National 4-H Congress, Ohio State Junior Fair Board, National Dairy Conference, County Merit Awards, and County Trip Scholarships!

Fairfield County teens have an outstanding legacy with successful Ohio 4-H Achievement Forms. In fact, we had 9 state winners in 2020 alone! Join this group of outstanding teens by completing the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form which opens the door to so many opportunities including:

  • State Achievement Awards – winners attend National 4-H Congress on an expense paid trip each year!
  • National Dairy Conference Trip Winner
  • State Junior Fair Board
  • Ohio Township Association Local Government Award
  • County Merit Awards
  • County Trip Awards
  • County 4-H Scholarships

The 2021 Ohio 4-H Achievement Form is available now at: http://go.osu.edu/20olderyouth – Older youth applications and forms are due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8th, 2021.

If you missed last week’s Older Youth Workshop – view now for tips and tricks for completing this award form:

Do you want to be an Outstanding 4-Her in 2021? Here’s what you need to do:

In order to be considered an Outstanding 4-Her, applicants must meet ALL THREE of the following. If these are met, forms will be considered for this achievement.

  • 1) Attained the level of High School Senior (or above) as of January 1st of the current year,
  • 2) Completed the 2021 Ohio 4-H Achievement Form in January of the current year, and
  • 3) Be a current 4-H member in good standing (enrolled in 4-H, completing projects, attending meetings, etc.)

The timeline of the Outstanding 4-Her Application process:

  • January 8th, 2021: Turn in the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form to the OSU Extension Office.
  • Mid to late summer: Individuals who meet the first three requirements (above) will be sent a letter with details on how to complete the application process.
  • August 21st, 2021: Deadline to submit the Outstanding 4-Her Application Form AND Addendum (update) to their Ohio 4-H Achievement Form.
    •  The Addendum is a separate document/piece of paper where applicants will include any 4-H and non-4-H updates from the current 4-H year that took place after their Ohio 4-H Achievement Form was submitted back in January.
    •  Additionally, the Addendum can include past 4-H and non-4-H activities, programs, events, and participation that may not have been included on their Ohio 4-H Achievement Form.
    • The Addendum (submitted in August) and the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form (submitted in January) will be used to review criteria selected on your Outstanding 4-Her Application Form. You may include as many pages as necessary.

October 10th, 2021: Individuals who meet the Outstanding 4-Her criteria will be recognized at the Junior Fair Panorama the Sunday of the Fairfield County Fair.

The letter sent may be found here.  An example completed form and addendum may be found here.

OSU Virtual Junior Swine Day – Registration is OPEN!

The OSU Virtual Junior Swine Day is scheduled for February 20, 2021. The complete agenda and registration information can be found at this link: www.go.osu.edu/jsd2021

Please distribute to those you think might be interested in attending.

2021 OSU Virtual Junior Swine Day
Saturday, February 20, 2021 

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
The Agenda for the Day:

9:00 a.m. – Welcome
Evaluating and Selecting Your Pig Project (Video evaluating pigs)
 A.J. Genter, Archbold, OH and Justin Rodibaugh, Rensselaer, IN
Nutrition and Feed Management
     Dr. Joel DeRouchey, Swine Nutritionist, Kansas State University
Meat Science
     Dr. Steve Moeller, OSU Swine Extension Specialist
When Science and Pig Shows Collide
Dr. Andy Bowman, OSU Veterinary Preventive Medicine
Vaccinations / Pig Health
Dr. Todd Price, North Central Vet Services, Sycamore, OH
Showmanship (Video with interviews and showmanship discussion)
Kelly Morgan, Manager of Showpig Programs, Ohio Pork Council
12:30 p.m. – Wrap Up and Answer Questions
Registration Information:  After you fill out the registration form below you will receive an email confirming your registration. An additional email will be sent to you 48 hours prior to the event which will contain the Zoom Link and password that are needed to view the Virtual Jr. Swine Day. Please register once per household.
Cost: Jr. Swine Day is free of charge
Registration Deadline is Wednesday, February 16, 2021
For more information, contact Dale Ricker (ricker.37@osu.edu)

Older Youth Opportunities – VIRTUAL Workshop: Thursday, December 10th at 7 p.m.

Building a 4-H career resume happens naturally through club, community, county, state, national, and sometimes, international 4-H experiences. Join me next Thursday, December 10th (via Zoom) to learn how to track the accomplishments of our 4-H members. Doing so each year allows youth to be recognized for their learning and leadership experiences. Additionally, when they reach the 4-H age of 14, they become eligible for state and national trips, statewide camps, and county/state awards and scholarships.

All parents, advisors, and youth are welcome to attend to learn more!

Need help with your Achievement form? All teens, parents, and advisors are invited to attend the  Virtual Older Youth Opportunities Workshop – December 10, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  go.osu.edu/olderyouthwksp

You may also contact Leslie Cooksey via email at cooksey.25@osu.edu for an appointment before January 5, 2021.

Please note: For youth ages 8-13, a JUNIOR Achievement Form Workshop will be held December 10, 2020, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. for youth, parents, and advisors. go.osu.edu/jrachwksp

All Ohio 4-H Achievement Forms, Fairfield County 4-H Scholarship Forms, Junior Fair Board Applications, Fashion and Nutrition Board Applications, Junior Achievement Forms, and Camp Counselor Forms will be due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2021. For more information, visit: http://go.osu.edu/20olderyouth

Interested in Bees? Beginner Beekeeping Class offered in 2021

𝐅𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐁𝐞𝐞𝐤𝐞𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
2nd Annual One-day Beginner Beekeeping Class 2021

Learn all the fundamentals of basic, backyard beekeeping from local experienced beekeepers.

Feb. 20, 2021

Feb. 27, 2021

March 13, 2021

  • Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM EST
  • Venue: Fifth Avenue Church of Christ, 115 5th Ave. Lancaster, OH 43130

We are planning small, socially-distanced, in-person classes (limited seating) as well as virtual classes via ZOOM. Quarantine mandates may be different by February and March: changes may be necessary at the last minute. If changes to our offerings or your choice (in-person or virtual) need to be made, refunds are easy to do, we will stay in touch via email, and we will work it out!

In-person class:  $85, $65 for 2nd family member, sharing a book. Includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks, 1-yr. membership to FCBA and Ohio State beekeepers Assoc., mentoring, and hands-on experiences.
Virtual Class: $65, includes all the above except meals.
For  questions? Email: fcbabeeschool@gmail.com

To Register: https://tinyurl.com/FCBARegister

Fairfield County 4-H you are invited to attend with parent approval. For more information, contact Jeannie Saum, 614-975-6139.

Please note, that this is not a 4-H sponsored event.