Teen Opportunities – REMINDER!

Do you want to be a camp counselor? Junior Fair Board Member? Junior Leader? Outstanding 4-Her?  Scholarship or Award Trip winner? Do you find yourself asking “How do I get to do that?” We suspect that as you have gotten older you have started to look for new and exciting things where you can be involved.  4-H has special opportunities for teens only where YOU can play a part!

4-H members ages 14 and up as of January 1st should have received an email with details on the many exciting opportunities that await you as a teenager in the Fairfield County 4-H Program. Some of these activities require completion of special forms while others just involve asking for more information. Regardless of what you are interested in, be sure to call the office if you need more information or would like some help with the necessary forms.

Be sure to complete a response form with items checked that you are interested in, and return the response sheet to the office by December 1, 2018. The response form can be found here. Any additional paperwork required for the items you are interested in will be sent back to you (remember that it is best to send your response sheet in ASAP so that you can have as much time as possible to complete any additional paperwork).

Application forms for those opportunities who require a separate form or application will be available at http://fairfield.osu.edu on December 1st.

4-Hers: Travel with the Ohio 4-H International Program!

Hello, Friends of the Ohio 4-H International Program!

(Donors, staff, volunteers and all those involved with hosting or traveling during the last 6 years)

We are pleased to announce $1,800 scholarships which will be automatically awarded to any youth selected to travel overseas through Ohio 4-H International Programs in 2019! Also, those who have hosted with our program before will receive an additional $100 off per exchangee hosted!

To earn a scholarship:

  • Apply to travel by November 30, 2018 (there is not a separate application for the scholarship)
  • Attend Selection Interviews in Columbus on December 8, 2018 (afternoon)

The 2019 countries, dates and post-scholarship approximate prices are:

  • Japan 1-Month: $3,625     (July 10 – Aug. 8, 2019)
  • Japan 2-Months: $5,175     (June 12 – Aug. 8, 2019)
  • Costa Rica: $1,375     (June 20 – July 19, 2019)
  • Finland: $2,500     (June 26 – July 27, 2019)

Application Deadline: November 30, 2018

Read about the overseas experiences here:

Japan 2019 (1 Month or 2 Months)

Costa Rica 2019

Finland 2019

Read these instructions BEFORE applying: Instructions for the 2019 Youth Traveler Application

Find the application at 2019 Youth Traveler Application

More information is available at “At-A-Glance” and Ohio 4-H International

We hope you can travel abroad with us soon! Note that scholarships are only available to those who have been involved with Ohio 4-H programs in the past.

Information about 2019 Hosting will be available on our website in December and will be emailed to you in January. Consider applying and opening your world!

Sincere thanks to the generous donors who make our Youth Travel Scholarships possible!

  •  The Donald E. and Joan E. Herr Endowment Fund
  • Cecil H. and R. Eloise Robinson Endowment Fund
  • Ohio 4-H International Programs Endowment Fund
  • The Carl F. Ruff Scholarship Fund
  • Dr. Grace Lang
  • Individual Donors to the IFYE Support Fund
  • Individual Donors to the International Program Support Fund
  • The Labo Foundation of Japan
  • The Ohio 4-H Foundation

OPEN YOUR WORLD through OHIO 4-H!

2019 International Travel Opportunities!

Open Your World! Ohio 4-H International Exchange Programs are among the largest and most successful in the country. Ohio families host visitors from around the world, and Ohio youth & adults travel abroad to live with families in a variety of countries. Host Families & Youth Travelers are not required to be current 4-H members ~ in fact, they automatically become members by participating! Join us this year as Ohio 4-H celebrates 69 years of participation in the program!

2019 Host Family Opportunities
Don’t have the time and money to travel? Enjoy the exposure to different cultures which traveling brings? Looking for a low-cost project or experience in which the whole family can participate and grow together? The Ohio 4-H International Program allows families to gain the benefits of international travel right here at home, as they welcome a new son, daughter, brother or sister from another country into their homes. Host families come in many shapes and sizes and are responsible for lodging, meals, and family activities. Exchangees bring personal spending money, as well as medical/accident insurance. Host families are asked to “live their everyday life,” and to simply treat their visitor as a member of the family, with the same responsibilities and privileges as other members. Notes:
*Families hosting a youth must have their own child of the same gender and approximate age.
*Families should not have any native speakers of the language of their visitor, and can only host one visitor at a time.
Deadline: As soon as possible, by 2/28 for 1st-choice placement. Applications accepted until all youth are placed (usually April for females & May for males). However, please inquire whenever you learn about our program! Thank you!

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Be a Host for the Ohio 4-H International Exchange Program!

Looking for some new fun and educational excitement this summer? How about hosting a boy or girl from Japan in your home for 3½ weeks? (July 23 – Aug. 17, 2018) The Ohio 4-H International Program is offering hosting opportunities to 75 families around the state, and Japanese youth on the other side of the world are anxiously waiting to learn who their new family might be! Host families should have their own child aged 10-15 who will serve as the main host sibling. Families will be matched with a Japanese youth of the same gender and approximate age. Special trips and activities are not required. The focus is on everyday family life. Host families provide lodging, meals, and any family activities. Medical insurance is provided. Youth bring money for personal spending (gifts, souvenirs, etc.) For more information, please visit www.ohio4h.org/youth/international or contact thalheimer.1@osu.edu.

Host Families Sought for 4-H Exchange Program!

Families thoughout Ohio have an opportunity to welcome students from the Japanese exchange program, Labo.

Looking for some new fun and educational excitement this summer? How about hosting a boy or girl from Japan in your home for 3½ weeks? The Ohio 4-H International Program is offering hosting opportunities to 75 families around the state, and Japanese youth on the other side of the world are anxiously waiting to learn who their new family might be! Host families should have their own child aged 10-15 who will serve as the main host sibling. Families will be matched with a Japanese youth of the same gender and approximate age. Special trips and activities are not required. The focus is on everyday family life. Host families provide lodging, meals, and any family activities. Medical insurance is provided. Youth bring money for personal spending (gifts, souvenirs, etc.) For more information, please visit www.ohio4h.org/youth/international or contact thalheimer.1@osu.edu

Read more about recruitment efforts in Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull county here.

American Agri-Women Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarship – due 6/1/2018

American Agri-Women Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships

• Jean Ibendahl Scholarship (for ages 18-23)
• Sister Thomas More Bertels Scholarship (for ages 24+)

Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarship was created to honor the memory of those courageous and adventuresome pioneer women who played such an important role in the founding of this nation and encourage the present generation to continue their education in agricultural pursuits. These two scholarships are available to any farm, ranch or agribusiness woman or her daughter to pursue accredited courses in agriculture leadership, communications, rural sociology, medicine, or any other courses directly related to agriculture. Applications will be taken beginning March 1 of each year and are due before June 1 of each year. For more information, visit their website at: https://americanagriwomen.org/scholarships/

Emma Newell Attends 4-H Global Network Summit in Canada!

Ohio is well-represented this week at the 2017 Global 4-H Network Summit in Ottawa, Canada. Here’s Ohio 4-H’er and Ohio Teen Leadership Council member Emma Newell from Fairfield County being interview by the CBC television network!

4-H Around the World – From the Americas to Europe to Africa to Asia, 4-H builds youth leaders and provides a sense of belonging. As one of the largest youth organizations in the world, 4-H is investing in young people today to grow a brighter future. 4-H offers practical skill building activities, meaningful leadership roles and partnerships with caring adult volunteers. These three elements create a unique experience that equips young people for success in the future. In fact, according to a longitudinal study, 4-H youth attain higher educational achievement and are three times more likely to actively contribute to their communities. (Source: http://global-4-h-network.com/4h-global/).

4-H Global By The Numbers:

  • Over 70 independent, country-led 4-H programs around the world
  • Seven million 4-H’ers worldwide
  • More than 3.5 million young women leading in 4‑H today
  • Over 100 years of history in agricultural and economic development
  • The global 4-H community celebrates November 1st as Global 4-H day
  • Goal of reaching 25 million members internationally by 2025

 

 

 

 

Host Families needed July 23 to August 17, 2017

Dear Friends of the Ohio 4-H International Program:

SHARE YOUR WORLD! 

 Thank you for your support of our program. Would you be willing to forward this email to your friends and contacts? Or, if you’ve not already applied, are YOU interested in hosting this summer? We still need 38 families to host a Japanese youth and word-of-mouth is the best way to share this opportunity.

Bring a Japanese Youth into your own Living Room!

Ohio 4-H is looking for host families to enjoy an incredible international experience from July 23 to August 17, 2017. Membership in 4-H is not required. Hosting is educational and lots of fun! Your family will come together through a fun and challenging project, and engage in another culture … and your own child will gain a special friend across the world. Families only need live their “regular lives.” Special trips and activities are not required, and medical insurance and spending money are provided. Potential Ohio host families should have a child in their own home aged 10 – 15 who will serve as the main host sibling.

Applications are accepted until all youth are placed! – please contact us if interested regardless of when you receive this email.

If your child is going to camp, the Japanese child goes, too! (And the cost is covered.) If you’re going on vacation, the Japanese child goes, too! Exchange youth do not need their own rooms, but do need their own bed or mattress on the floor. If your child starts school before 8/17, we hope the Japanese youth might go along for a few hours a day – if not, they can be kept busy by the host parents, neighbors or relatives. Don’t worry about the back-to-school rush and shopping … this is something the exchange youth enjoy being a part of! The Japanese youth do not speak fluent English, but families (and especially youth) find creative ways to communicate when stumped, and utilize dictionaries and adult chaperones as necessary.

Complete a fillable application here: 2017 Host Family Application

See what’s involved with Hosting! What’s Involved?

Discover what past visitors have enjoyed most about the homestay … (Hint: just every-day family experiences!): Hosting is Easy and Fun!

Get your questions answered here: Host Family Frequently-Asked Questions

Learn more at www.ohio4h.org/youth/internationalor contact Mary Lynn Thalheimer (thalheimer.1@osu.edu).

Fairfield County 4-Her, Amelia Borchers, is Traveling to Japan!

A Fairfield County youth will be traveling to Japan this summer as part of the 4-H/Japanese Exchange Program Amelia Borchers, 15 years old, son/daughter of Eric and Jodie Borchers will join 4-H’ers from around the country for the exchange, July 12 to August 10, 2017. Amelia was recognized for this honor at the Fairfield County 4-H Achievement Banquet on April 4, 2017.

While in Japan, the Ohio youth will be learning the local culture by living with Japanese host families and participating in community life.  Many of them will be staying with the families of Japanese youth who have previously visited them in Ohio on this reciprocal exchange.

Borchers is among 40 4-H’ers from the USA who will be visiting Japan. She will begin her tour with orientation sessions on the west coast of the US and Tokyo. Later during the visit, Borchers will attend a camp with Japanese and American youth.

Amelia Borchers attends Lancaster High School, and is active in girls basketball and tennis. She also competes with the school’s Science Olympiad Team and plays in the freshman band. She decided to apply for the Japan experience because last summer her involvement with the program began when her family hosted a 14-year old girl from Japan. Borchers became good friends with this young lady and after she returned to Japan, Amelia decided to take her experience with the program even further by traveling to stay with her in Japan.

The exchange program in Japan is coordinated by the Labo Foundation, an organization dedicated to teaching foreign languages and cultures to Japanese youth. Japanese young people learn about a country’s culture and do songs and stories in the language they are studying.

In 1972, Labo established the first exchange with 4-H clubs in the United States. The first year for Ohioans to make the journey to Japan was 1981. Since then, a group of Ohio 4-H’ers has visited Japan nearly every summer, with a total of 244 youth and adult chaperones making the trip so far.

Youth interested in traveling overseas or families interested in hosting someone from another country should contact your local county extension office at 740-652-7260 or your local volunteer International County Coordinator, Sue Suttles at 740-652-7271 or email: suttles.1@osu.edu. You can also visit www.ohio4h.org/youth/international.

Ohio 4-H is currently seeking families to host young people from Japan from July 23 – August 18 this summer. Youth and families do not need to be current 4-H members to apply. Join the fun and learn about your world!

Best wishes on your trip, Amelia!