Licking County 4-H Teen Interest Inventory

4-H members who will be 14 years old or older next year should have received an email about completing the Teen Interest Inventory. In case you missed it, here is the information:

We have many exciting opportunities available specifically for teens for the 2021 4-H year. Since most clubs don’t meet much, if at all, during the fall and winter, it can be easy to miss deadlines. To help you keep up on these opportunities, we ask that you please complete the Teen Interest Inventory. By completing the Teen Interest Inventory, it let’s us know which opportunities that you are interested in so that we can send you the information specific to those opportunities when it becomes available. For instance, if you mark that you are interested in becoming a camp counselor, we will send you a link to the application along with other information once it becomes available so that you don’t miss the chance to apply! This interest inventory is not a commitment to applying for the opportunities you select, it is just a way to let us know to send you more information J.

The teen opportunities are listed below. Once you have reviewed them and know which ones you are interested in, please follow this link to complete the survey: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_78IpkZ8jHY2pC17Please complete the survey before it closes on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

 

TEEN OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2021

Food & Fashion Board – Must be 14 years old as of 01/01/21. Serve as a member of the county Food & Fashion Board and actively participate in planning, organizing, and implementing nutrition/fashion related activities. These may include club visits, planning & implementing the Style Revue and assisting with additional food or fashion-related workshops. Deadline for application is September 18th. Applications will be posted at http://licking.osu.edu (4-H Youth Development / Member Resources).  Interviews will be held Thursday, October 1st.

Junior Fair Board – Must be at least 15 years old as of 01/01/21. Serve as member of Hartford Junior Fair Board while planning, organizing, and implementing the Junior Fair program. A minimum of seven trainings will be held in addition to other training opportunities. Deadline for application is November 15th. Interviews will be held on Saturday, December 5th, with all members required to attend an orientation meeting on Monday, December 14th (tentative).

4-H Summer Camp Counselor – Must be at least 14 years of age as of 01/01/21. These teens will serve in a leadership capacity during June 17-21, 2021 camp for youth ages 9-15. A minimum of 9 training sessions will be held with counselors also attending Camp Counselors Workshop. Camp counselor applications are due February 12, 2021. Interviews will be held February 22, 2021.

4-H Cloverbud Day Camp Counselor – Must be at least 14 years of age as of 01/01/21. These teens will assist in planning and facilitating day camp program on Saturday, June 18th for children who are five to eight years old. Cloverbud Day Camp counselor applications are due February 12, 2021. Interviews will be held February 22, 2021.

4-H CARTEENS Facilitator – Must be at least 15 years of age as of 01/01/21. Peer-led traffic safety program conducted the first Thursday of every month in conjunction with the county Juvenile Court. Teens prepare for and present driver education program and assist with various special projects related to driver safety.

Ohio 4-H Achievement Records – Must be at least 14 years of age as of 01/01/21. Apply for county and state achievement awards, scholarships, camps and conferences using the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record. The Licking County 4-H Committee Scholarship is also part of this process. Forms are available in September and are due October 16, 2020.

Victory Gardens Program Expands In Its First Month

More than 2,600 Packets Distributed, Four More Counties Added

REYNOLDSBURG, OH (September 10, 2020) – A tremendous response to the just launched Victory Gardens campaign has resulted in an immediate expansion of the program. The program took off immediately and demand was so high for seed packets, four more counties were added: Fairfield, Licking, Mahoning, and Summit. Seed pick-up days and times for each office are available on the Ohio Victory Gardens website. The collaboration between the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Ohio State University (OSU) Extension Offices has delivered more than 2,600 seed packets to ten counties across the state.

Victory Gardens originated during World War I, an answer to a severe food shortage at the time. The idea was wildly successful, growing an army of amateur gardeners and serving to boost morale and patriotism. Although there’s no food shortage now, ODA and OSU Extension are reviving the effort and once again encouraging people to plant seeds, realize the fruits of their labor, and share with others if inspired.

Seed packets were originally distributed through six OSU Extension Offices: Clark, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas, and Washington counties.

The Victory Gardens Program will continue and expand with a larger seed distribution across the state in the spring. It also offers a full website with details on seed distribution, advice, and resources on every aspect of planting and harvesting produce.

Fall 2020 Achievement Awards Forms and Licking County 4-H Committee Scholarship Application Available

4-H members in Licking County who will be age fourteen (as of 01|01|2021), are eligible for numerous opportunities, awards, and other forms of recognition…but they have to apply for them! The Achievement Awards Forms are now available for members to complete. They can be completed either through a Fillable PDF or Word documents and must be turned in to the Licking County OSU Extension Office by October 16, 2020. If you have questions about how to complete the forms, or if you would like resources, please contact Lisa McCutcheon at mccutcheon.46@osu.edu.

Members who are at least a high school senior or higher during the 2020-21 school year may be eligible to apply for the Licking County 4-H Committee Scholarship. The application can be found here as a Fillable PDF and Word documents and must be completed and turned in to the Licking County OSU Extension Office by October 16, 2020.

Achievement Awards Forms and Scholarship Applications will be reviewed and selected in late October. Those selected for the scholarships, awards, and trips will be announced during our Annual Fall Recognition Event (date and format to be announced).

REMINDER: 2021 Food & Fashion Board Applications Due

The application for those wishing to apply for the 2021 Food & Fashion Board is now available here.  Completed applications are due September 18, 2020 by 4:00pm.  Applications can be mailed/dropped off to the Licking County Extension Office at 771 E. Main St., Ste 103, Newark, OH 43055 or can be completed as a fillable PDF and emailed to Adrienne Anderson at anderson.1410@osu.edu.  Applicants must be 14-years-old as of January 1, 2021 and have been enrolled in a food and/or clothing project for 2020 and plan to enroll in a food and/or clothing project for 2021 to be eligible.

2019 Food & Fashion Board

2020 Teen Awards and Opportunities Workshop

4-H members in Licking County who will be age fourteen (as of 01|01|2021), are eligible for numerous opportunities, awards, and other forms of recognition… but they have to apply for them! This workshop will discuss all of the available opportunities, how to apply, reveal tips to give you a competitive advantage, and provide sample successful forms as a guide to get you started! 4-H members of all ages, their family members, and club advisors are all encouraged to attend. It’s never too early to find out what’s available!

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 / 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. / Zoom Online Training
Let us know you’re interested, and we’ll send you the link to attend!
Email mccutcheon.46@osu.edu to receive additional information and all meeting materials.

4-H CARTEENS Facilitators Needed

The Licking County 4-H CARTEENS program is looking for teen facilitators. The 4-H CARTEENS is a teen leadership program in partnership with the Licking County Juvenile Courts to teach safe driving practices to minors who have made traffic violations. The program is held once a month, typically on the first Thursday of the month, from 5:00-7:00pm. Facilitators help set up the materials, check in participants, introduce speakers, and work with groups with hands-on activities.

Youth should be at least 15-years-old to become a facilitator. CARTEENS can help teens to focus on learning leadership and public speaking skills. It is a great opportunity for those teens who may want to be involved in a 4-H Teen Leader activity, but may not have the time to commit to some of the more time intensive opportunities. Hours working with CARTEENS are eligible for school volunteer requirements and facilitators are eligible to apply for a scholarship their senior year of high school.

If you have questions or would be interested in becoming a CARTEENS facilitator, please contact Adrienne at anderson.1410@osu.edu or 740.670.5315.

2020 4-H STEM Challenge

Blast-off to Mars with Ohio 4-H and join the 4-H STEM Challenge

We’re launching a trip to Mars Base Camp and want to help you get there! The 2020 4-H STEM Challenge explores sending a mission to Mars and what it takes to sustain life in space. The Mars Base Camp kit includes activities that use STEM skills like mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, and agriculture.

We want Ohio 4-H families to join in and thanks to the Ohio 4-H Foundation and Google, you can receive an $8 discount on the Mars Base Camp family kit. The family kit is available at shop4-h.org for $15.95, plus shipping, but with the Ohio 4-H discount and the $5 discount available on their website, your final cost is just $7.80 + tax.

Want to learn more?

 And to help you on your Martian journey, the Ohio 4-H STEM Team is hosting a week of virtual, space activities from Oct. 4-10. Details at https://ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/4-h-science/mars-base-camp-4-h-stem-challenge . Get ready to blast-off!

Licking County OSU Extension Office Closed for Labor Day

The Licking County OSU Extension Office will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2020 for Labor Day.

Our office continues to be open Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm (except for holidays that fall on those days). We are continuing to telework on the other weekdays that our office is not open. Please remember to schedule an appointment if you need to come to the office, otherwise you can always call 740.670.5315 and leave a voicemail if we are not in or send us an email (Lisa: mccutcheon.46@osu.edu or Adrienne: anderson.1410@osu.edu) if you need to contact us.