Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Applications – Due 8/14/2020

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) is a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni that provides a youth stakeholder perspective in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming. In this process, council members develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.  Council members share advice and recommendations to 4-H professionals in order to improve, strengthen, and expand the Ohio 4-H program.  Members also make recommendations regarding opportunities for Ohio 4-H teen programming. They serve as a sounding board for Ohio 4-H program direction.

Applications and more information to be an Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) member are now available online at: go.osu.edu/TLC. Please note applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation) must be received by Friday, August 14, 2020. The term for selected individuals will be September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021.

Summer Judging Results from Day 2 (Tuesday, July 14th): Demonstrations, Communications, Creative Arts

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 2 (Tuesday, July 14th). For a complete list of results, click here.

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!

Fairfield County 4-H Members Excel at the Ohio 4-H Horse Communication Contest

Congrats to the Fairfield County 4-H horse members who participated in the Ohio 4-H Horse Communications Contest that was held in May virtually.

  • Team Presentation (Junior) – 2nd Place: Ashley Orth, Addy Cygan (Speech Title: Wild Horses of Today)
  • Public Speaking (Senior) – 6th Place: Jordan Kagey (Speech Title: Horse’s Nutrition)
  • Individual Presentation (Senior) – 1st Place: Gabby Gugliemotto (Speech Title: Education and Testing is Our Key to Success)
  • Individual Presentation (Senior) – 3rd Place: Ashley Love (Speech Title: Coggins: What is Equine Infectious Anemia?)
  • Team Presentation (Senior) – 1st Place: Madelynn Sullivan & Jadin Triplett (Speech Title: Tortoise & The Hare)

 

Workforce Prep Day at the Ohio State Fair!

3 Classes for 2020. Top in each class gets a clock trophy and $250 cash. The Workforce Prep Day at the Ohio State Fair will be Wednesday, July 29th, 2020. Pre-registration is due July 14th.

You do not need to be enrolled in a particular project to participate in Workforce Prep Day – just let Leslie know that you are interested! All current 4-H members can participate! This experience is great for any one who has taken 4-H projects such as Teen Leadership on the Job, Am I Ready for Work, Get in the Act OR participated as a Camp Counselor, Junior Fair Board Member, OR have completed ANY 4-H Leadership Project.

During the State Fair event, those who enter will complete a  “mock interview” for a job – such as a day camp counselor, summer internship, part-time job at a retail store or grocery store. Participants will have to prepare a digital display in advance and discuss their display with the judges.

This is truly a great experience for youth of all ages to start to learn what it takes to demonstrate their workforce skills that they are developing as participants in the 4-H program! Contact Leslie for more information: cooksey.25@osu.edu. Click here for further details about Workforce Prep Day at the 2020 Ohio State Fair.

2020 Junior Fair Board Application NOW AVAILABLE – due 1/10/2020

2020 Junior Fairboard Application (fillable pdf) For 4-H and FFA youth interested in serving on the Fairfield County Junior Fair Board. Membership is open to youth between the ages of 14 and 18 years old. New members must be 14 years old by October 1st of the current year to serve. Applications are due 1/10/2020 by 4:00 p.m. to the Extension Office for 4-H and FFA youth who are interested. Additionally, returning members must submit an application.

 

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 Opportunities, Award Forms, and Recognition (youth ages 14-18 as of 1/1/2020)

Attention Teens! 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. Read on… 4-H has special opportunities for teens only where YOU can play a part!

There are many exciting opportunities that await you as a teenager in the Fairfield County 4-H Program. When you click this link, it will take you to a survey for you to share your contact information and learn more about opportunities available to older 4-H youth. Read all about them, mark which ones you are interested in and we will follow up with making sure you have the correct forms, applications, and information to proceed to the next steps!

The opportunities in awards, trips, scholarships and more available to teens in the 4-H program are incredible. Don’t miss out on learning more and getting involved! Most of these opportunities are open to 4-H members ages 14 and up as of January 1st. 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 give us a call if you need more information or would like some help with the necessary forms.

We look forward to hearing about your responses to this interest survey: http://go.osu.edu/2020teens. Please respond by Sunday, December 1, 2019 (or as soon as possible so we can be sure to get you the information early!). Any additional paperwork required for the items you are interested in will be sent back to you (remember that it is best to submit your response 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.

If members and parents would like a little extra assistance in preparing their records, feel free to call or email Leslie (740-277-4625) at cooksey.25@osu.edu or Aubry (740-277-4626) at fowler.443@osu.edu.

We encourage you all to broaden your 4-H experience and try something new. We think you’ll find many new friends and much more fun ahead!

Additionally, we invite youth who will be ages 14-18 as of 1/1/2020 to attend the Achievement Form Workshop on Thursday, December 12th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Extension Office / Ag Center.

Junior Achievement Award Forms and Recognition (youth ages 9-13 as of 1/1/2020)

Youth members who will be ages 9-13 as of 1/1/2020 are strongly encouraged to complete the Junior Achievement Form. The Junior Achievement Form allows youth to practice good record keeping skills of their 4-H accomplishments and experiences in preparation for older youth opportunities, trips, awards, scholarships and more! For more information, contact our office at 740-653-5419 or attend the Junior Achievement Form Workshop on Thursday, December 12th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Extension Office / Ag Center.

Fairfield County Jr. Achievement Form (pdf) Word  or  pdf For 4-H members ages 8-13 as of January 1, 2020 to complete.  This form provides a start towards completing the Ohio Achievement Record form. Completed forms (in paper copy) are due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10th, 2020. There are three levels of awards:  White Clover for members in the first and second year, Green Clover for members in their third and fourth years, and Gold Clover for members in the fifth and sixth year of Traditional 4-H. A banquet will be held in April recognizing those members completing the Junior Achievement Form.

The cover letter may be found here. Also, be sure to check out our Example Jr. Achievement Form