A new post has been added to the 4-H Cloverbud Connections Blog, written by our very own, Aubry Fowler! Check it out at: 4-H Cloverbud Connections: Mindfulness for our Cloverbud Members.
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
Today’s Teen Tip video “Teen Mental Health – You Matter” is provided by Belmont County Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Lorrissa Dunfee. It can be found by visiting the Ohio State University Extension Belmont County-FCS Facebook page or on the OSU Extension Professionals YouTube page by using this link https://youtu.be/kzq5VAELiL0. Please share with the teens in your life and on social media. Encourage your school districts, juvenile courts, health department, Job and Family Services, etc. to share it. Email your clientele, community partners and stakeholders and ask them to share it with others. The video asks the questions: Have you ever felt sad or withdrawn, experienced severe mood swings, or had difficulty concentrating? These can be warnings signs to alert you that there may be an issue with your mental health. 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have, or will have a serious mental illness. You are not alone! There is HOPE and recovery is possible!
September is National Suicide Prevention Month! You are not alone – You Matter….spread the word!
We are so proud of the hard work 4-H members have put into their projects this year! Congrats to all!
Here are the results of our members who participated in judging on Day 1 (Monday, July 13th). For a complete list of results, click here.
This week’s Teen Tip video was created by Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Whitney Gherman. It is called “How to Use Mindfulness to Settle your Body (and Feel Good!)” and is available at https://youtu.be/jiRBGEAefSo. Mindfulness is not about fixing life’s problems — it’s about noticing what is. “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” Please share this video via social media platforms, with community partners, and any other youth serving organizations. A complete listing of the Tips for Teens video series is at fcs.osu.edu/news/tips-teens
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.email@example.com 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
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!
Extension Educators in Hardin County, Jami Dellifield and Amanda Raines, are hosting a virtual SPIN Club for the Your Thoughts Matter: Navigating Mental Health project. Please share with your teens and encourage them to register at http://go.osu.edu/thoughtsSPIN. You DO NOT need to be enrolled in this 4-H project in Fairfield County to participate in the SPIN Club.
The SPIN club will be open to youth ages 13+ and will be held via ZOOM on Tuesdays from May 5 – June 9. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Raines at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com) with the changes you would like to make to your projects. Enrollments are due May 1st!
The Ohio 4-H Teen Mental Health Retreat is going to be October 12-13, 2019 at 4-H Camp Ohio. There is a limit of 40 youth for this retreat.
If anyone has any questions, please contact Amanda Raines directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register, youth will go to http://go.osu.edu/mentalhealthretreat and complete the form. At the end, they are asked to print the response summary as well as the Ohio 4-H Health Form and mail them to the Hardin County Extension Office with the $40 registration fee. Registration is due by September 30th, 2019.
If interested, please contact Leslie Cooksey at email@example.com as we do have county funds available to help cover your registration fee!