Ohio 4-H Update to In-Person Meetings, Programs, and Events – PLEASE READ

The Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events has been updated with new information. As you plan your 4-H club meetings find the guidelines at https://ohio4h.org/families/stay-connected. Remember: virtual meetings are preferred, face masks are required and local guidelines must be followed.

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2021 Ohio 4-H Conference Registration Open!

The 2021 Virtual Ohio 4-H Conference will bring together 4-H volunteers and teens (age 13 and older) from across Ohio. You can participate in a variety of educational sessions that offer something for everyone!. Virtual sessions will start at 9:00 am on February 20 and 7:00 pm on February 23 & 25.

Join us as we learn from one another to make the best better for Ohio 4-H programs The registration booklet and registration form (to be used as a worksheet only)  have been posted to:  www.go.osu.edu/2021O4HC. Registration deadline will be Friday, February 12 at 5:00 pm.

There will be no charge for those attending this year’s conference.  Those wishing to attend the conference will be able to register themselves by following the link above.

If you have questions, please contact our office 740-653-5419.

Take the Leap Career Readiness Program – Ohio 4-H Teens ages 13-18 Opportunity

On behalf of the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council, we would like to introduce you to the 2021 Take the Leap Year Program. Thanks to the Ohio 4-H Foundation Board, Take the Leap Year is a teen-led, five-month free program available to Ohio 4-H Teens ages 13-18. Our 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:

We will be meeting virtually on the third Wednesday of each month 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.

Below are the following plans with the corresponding months:

  • 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

 

If you have any questions please contact TLC Officers Avalon Havan (ava.havan@gmail.com) or Nat Kresic (natkresic@gmail.com), or TLC Advisors Kayla Oberstadt (oberstadt.1@osu.edu), Frances Foos (foos.61@osu.edu), or Sarah Longo (longo.79@osu.edu).

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

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.

Sea Camp, Camp Canopy, Leadership Camp, Shooting Sports Education Camp, Citizenship Washington Focus, Leadership Washington Focus – How do I get there?

These trip opportunities are available to our Fairfield County 4-H youth who complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form each year. The 4-H Advisor Committee, OSU Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Fund, and numerous local sponsors help support scholarships for our youth to attend.

Trip awards are selected from those who submit the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form each year. The 2021 Ohio 4-H Achievement Form will be due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8th,2021. For more information, visit: http://go.osu.edu/20olderyouth

Questions? Contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu or Aubry Fowler at fowler.443@osu.edu.