Teen Opportunity: 4-H Cultural Immersion Experience in Puerto Rico! APPLY NOW!

We are excited to announce that there will be a third youth 4-H Cultural Immersion Project experience to Puerto Rico from November 23 – December 1, 2021.

There is a preliminary application for you to share with your youth (see below).  There will be a follow up applicant zoom interview before selecting participants.  State Contact (Steve Brady) will also contact the applicant’s county 4-H Educator for a reference.  The experience is for 4-H youth ages 15-19.  The cost is $500 plus airfare (approx.. $600).   We will be staying in two locations – Castaner – a small mountain town in the center of the island and San Juan. Additionally, Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee is willing to support youth who pursue international experiences! Once accepted, contact Leslie or Aubry to make a presentation to the 4-H Advisory Committee to request a scholarship to assist you financially.

One of our goals is to join 4-H youth from Puerto Rico for several service projects and local events.  Please reach out to your 4-H members who would benefit from an experience like this one.  Contact me if you would like further information.

2021 Cross Cultural Immersion Application – Puerto Rico

Camp Photos are posted!

Photos from Cloverbud, Intermediate, and Junior Camps are in the process of being posted on our Ohio State – Fairfield County 4-H Facebook Page. Click here to access our photo albums!

2022 camp dates have yet to be determined and we hope to know these by mid-September!

Teens interested in serving as camp counselors in 2022 should be on the outlook for an application which will be due in early January 2022.

Teen Opportunity: Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council

Applications and more information to be an Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) member for the 2021-22 program year are now available online at: go.osu.edu/TLC. Please note: applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation and program fees) are due (received, not postmarked!) by Friday, August 13, 2021.

Here are some highlights about the responsibilities of the council:

  • Age: Individuals must be 14-18 as of January 1 the year of application to apply for council member, committee member, committee chair, and officer.
  • Number of Meetings/Events: See the program structure outline on the application for specific numbers of meetings and events. Members are required to attend at least 75% of meetings and events.
    • Working Events: Members are required to work a number of statewide events at the Ohio State Fair, and elsewhere throughout the state (Farm Science Review, Legislative Luncheon, etc.).  Each level of membership differs in the number of events that are required.  See the program structure for more information.
  • Location of meetings: Meetings are typically held at the Ohio 4-H Center in Columbus, Ohio, but there are occasionally instances when they are held elsewhere due to events on Ohio State’s Campus.  In these instances, meetings may be held at locations close to campus.  Refer to the application for the locations for the 2021-2022 year.  Members will be notified prior to the location change.
  • Additional Opportunities: Depending on the level of involvement, council members have the option to apply for additional opportunities including the National 4-H Conference, Ohio 4-H Foundation Board, and other opportunities that may arise.

OSF Poultry Judging and Avian Bowl: Entry Deadline – June 25

A link to the 2021 Ohio State Fair 4-H Poultry Judging Contest Rules and Ohio State Fair 4-H Avian Contest Rules are posted on the Poultry Calendar of Events page at https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/poultry/poultry-calendar-events  or www.poultry.osu.edu. The postmark deadline for entries for both the Poultry Judging Contest and Avian Bowl is Friday, June 25. Both contests will be held at the Department of Animal Sciences on Saturday, July 17.

 

Please be aware that although the state of Ohio is currently scheduled to lift several COVID-19 restrictions at the beginning of June, The Ohio State University, and therefore Ohio 4-H, may still mandate restrictions.

  • For the 2021 Avian Bowl and Poultry Judging Contests, unless announced otherwise, everyone (contestants, volunteers, advisors, family members, officials, etc.) will be required to wear a mask when in the contest rooms or walking around the building (to/from contest rooms, to/from the restroom, etc.).  All teams will have assigned areas to maintain social distancing where they may take their masks off when seated in their assigned area.
  • Failure to abide by these guidelines will result in the disqualification of the entire team.

We may also restrict the number of individuals allowed into the building per team (i.e. only 6 individuals per team (including the contestants, coach, and any family members).  This will depend on the number of teams per age division that register for the contest.  This information will be updated and emailed to coaches after registration is closed.

Community Service Opportunity: Pet Heaven Cemetery in Reynoldsburg/Etna

Read on if your 4-H Club is looking for a community service opportunity!

From Joe Downs, Cemetery Director at Pet Heaven Cemetery:

A brief explanation of who we are; Pet Heaven was purchased by The Basement Doctor in 2018, and is now one of their many sister companies. In the years prior to the purchase of the cemetery, it has been pretty neglected and overgrown. Since purchasing the cemetery in 2018, the employees at The Basement Doctor have been volunteering their time to mow, meet with families, dig graves, and even set monuments. Finally this year, they realized the cemetery has too much business to keep running on volunteer capacity, so they hired me. I am a former dog groomer and humane agent, as well as a current funeral director and crematory operator. I am now THE only person responsible for everything related to the cemetery.

Over the past few months I have contracted with casket suppliers, monument artists, and a lawncare team.

My final big task before re-opening the cemetery and accepting new burials; is landscaping!

Pet Heaven dates back to the 1950’s, and is home to hundreds of companions final resting places. Being that we have headstones from the 50’s and up, many families don’t make it out to care for the graves anymore, and I really want the grounds to be clean and welcoming before reopening.

Some of the biggest tasks I have include:

  • Washing off headstones with soap and water
  • Pulling weeds around headstones – we do not use a weed-eater around the headstones because the string contains metal reinforcement, and can damage the stone ☹
  • Leveling stones – Many of the headstones have settled into the ground over the years and shifted. Since our headstones are sized for pets, they are fairly small and lightweight. Most of the stones just need to be re-centered on their slabs, so the rows are in nice straight lines.
  • Gardening and landscaping – I have been reaching out to local nurseries and garden centers for donations of mulch and stone. Right now, the cemetery is just lawn and trees. I want to have a nice eye-catching entrance with bright flowers and dark mulch. We also have a large empty area in the center of the cemetery where I would like to add a “Pick-your-own flower garden” – growing a variety of flowers and greenery, offering a unique experience for visitors to pick their own arrangement of flowers to place on their loved ones grave.

I am reaching out to see if your 4H community would be interested in helping us complete any of these tasks. We are eager to open our doors again and start accepting burials for at-need families!

Everything necessary will be provided for our volunteers; gloves, sunscreen, glasses, brushes and cleaners etc…

I will also be installing a community board with local veterinary office info, coupons for pet supplies etc, and would be more than happy to add a big banner thanking the Ohio 4-H volunteers for making our cemetery beautiful!

***Pet Heaven as well as all of our sister companies have been completely covid free during the entire pandemic. While our employees are getting vaccinated, we are still enforcing a strict mask policy in our offices, vehicles, and common areas. Outdoor activities are mask optional as long as a 6-foot distance is still enforced, or members are from the same household.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this email, and I look forward to hearing back from you! 😊

JOE DOWNS 

CEMETERY DIRECTOR

PET HEAVEN CEMETERY

ADDRESS: 13701 NATIONAL RD. SW, ETNA OH, 43068

SITESwww.PetHeavenOhio.com / Facebook/PetHeavenCemetery

PHONE: 740.927.3582

JDowns@PetHeavenOhio.com ~

Attention Teens and Young Alumni: Work at the 2021 Ohio State Fair!

The Ohio State Fair is quickly approaching. In the past, each year, hundreds of thousands of our closest friends gathered to make memories and enjoy their fair favorites – food, the butter cow, a visit with Smokey Bear, a performance by the All-Ohio State Fair Band, or a run in the show ring. The 2021 Ohio State Fair will only feature livestock competitions and educational competition such as 4-H project judging.

Ohio 4-H is accepting applications for Educational Assistants for the 2021 Ohio State Fair. This is a paid position. The first day of work would be around July 25 and ending on August 9, 2021. Unfortunately, housing will not be available in the Rhodes Center Dormitory this year.

All applications MUST also be completed on-line in Workday. Applicants can enter the Student Job Board in Workday by completing the following steps:

  1. Log into Workday: https://www.myworkday.com/osu
  2. Enter the Careers Application on the home page.
  3. Select *Search Student Jobs*
  4. Search for the R17134 4-H Educational Assistant job.

Please share this information with those that you think might have an interest.

Teen Tip: Employee Rights and Responsibilities

May’s Tip for Teen video is on “Employee Rights and Responsibilities”.  It features Miami County Family and Consumer Educator, Alisha Barton. Summer is here and many teens are getting a job.  In this video Alisha explains why it’s important to understand your rights and responsibilities as an employee.  You can view and share this video at: https://go.osu.edu/rightsandresponsibilities or on the OSU Extension Professionals YouTube page under the Tips for Teens playlist.

Ohio State Fair Scholarship Application: Due June 15th, 2021 (and it’s not just for livestock exhibitors!)

This year’s Ohio State Fair scholarship application is now live on https://ohiostatefair.com/competitions/scholarships/. Scholarships will be awarded to junior exhibitors during the Ohio State Fair. Applicants will be judged on scholastic standing, citizenship and leadership, Ohio State Fair participation, county fair participation, and financial need. Apply by June 15, 2021!

Health & Safety and Pledge/Creed Speaking Contest Event – Sign up by June 1st

Speak out and get involved! Improve your public speaking skills and raise awareness of health and safety topics. The Fairfield County Health & Safety Speaking Event will be Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Ag Center. Any 4-H or Cloverbud member can participate. The following events will take place:

  • Junior and Senior Individual Health & Safety Speaking Events
  • Health & Safety Speaking Team Event
  • 4-H Creed Speaking Event
  • 4-H Pledge Speaking Event (Cloverbuds Only)

Earn a chance to also participate in the Ohio State Fair with the Health & Safety events!

Registration is due June 1st by calling the Extension Office at 740-653-5419. For questions, contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu.

AG Yost Seeks Ohio High School Students to Serve on Teen Ambassador Board

AG Yost Seeks Ohio High School Students to Serve on Teen Ambassador Board

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced today that his office is now accepting applications for the Teen Ambassador Board.

The Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board consists of high school juniors and seniors from public, private, charter, online and home schools in Ohio. The mission of the program is to provide Ohio’s future leaders with an inside look at state law and government.

“Supporting and providing opportunities to our youth is a great way to help shape the future,” Yost said. “The Teen Ambassador Board will enhance students’ leadership skills, and I hope that they take this knowledge and build on it. I hope they become inspired to pursue careers in public service for the Buckeye State.”

The student board members advise the office on issues relating to teens and work with their peers to develop solutions to those issues. They serve a one-year term during which they will participate in activities across the state.

Ohio high school students who will be juniors or seniors during the 2021-22 academic year are eligible to apply for the Teen Ambassador Board.

Applications are due June 25, 2021. The application can be found on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.

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