4HEYA Applications Now Available


4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA) applications are now available!  This is an opportunity for teens 13-18 as of January 1 to get a short term experience at the state level.  Applications are available at go.osu.edu/4HEYA and are due by May 15, 2020 to longo.79@osu.edu.  They also require 2 reference forms (one from a 4-H / Extension professional).

Want more info about the opportunity?  See below.

Here is a basic overview of the opportunity:

  • What: 4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA)
  • Who: Individuals age 13-18 (as of January 1 of the year of application) and have at least 1 year prior 4-H experience.
  • Timeframe: Apply by May 15, selection, training, service to OSF, and evaluation.  Complete responsibilities by August 31, 2020.
  • Requirements (in addition to application/selection process):
    • Training-Must attend one of the options for training (July 8 or July 14)
    • Events-Must work a minimum of 3 events at the Ohio State Fair; may work more if desired
  • Program Fee: $25/person for first year members; $10 for 2nd or more year members
  • Teens Receive:
    • 4HEYA Polo & Nametag
    • State Fair admission, parking ticket, and meal ticket(s)
    • Optional State Fair housing in the Rhodes Center (if desired)
    • Experience of working events at the Ohio State Fair
    • Opportunity to enhance leadership skills and be involved in the State 4-H program
  • What about the Teen Leadership Council? YES, these members may apply for 4HEYA AND TLC this year, if desired.  TLC applications will be available in June and will be due the Friday following the Ohio State fair.  Their term is September 1, 2020-August 31, 2021.  Current TLC members are not eligible to apply for 4HEYA, as they are already fulfilling obligations at the Ohio State Fair.
  • Questions? Contact Hannah (epley.24@osu.edu), Kayla (oberstadt.1@osu.edu), Sarah (longo.79@osu.edu) or Frances (nicol.115@osu.edu)

Operation Military Kids

With the end of a year comes time for reflection of gratitude and growth. The Ohio Military Kids (OMK) program has experienced both. Our gratitude extends to those who contribute time and talents to support the growing number of military-affiliated youth served by OMK.

OMK has a full schedule planned for the 2020 event season. Ohio Military Kids is a partnership with Ohio State University Extension 4-H Youth Development and Family Readiness with Ohio National Guard. With this amazing partnership, Ohio Military Kids puts on several events throughout the state of Ohio. These events range from daylong educational programs, to overnights, to weekend camps, and even weeklong residential camps. These events are open to youth of military families, and they do not have to be a member of 4-H to participate. 4-H members and adults have the opportunity to volunteer for OMK events, including as camp counselors in the summer!

The mission of Ohio Military Kids is to support the youth of military families throughout the deployment cycle. Ohio 4-H is an essential supporter of the Ohio Military Kids Program and its mission. Ohio 4-H works hand-in-hand with Ohio National Guard to deliver fun and supportive programs to military families. With military youth in every county in Ohio, the partnership of 4-H to promote OMK opportunities to your military friends and neighbors in all 88 counties is appreciated!

Visit go.osu.edu/OMK for more information as you express your gratitude for those who serve our country and help us continue to grow the reach of Ohio Military Kids by sharing this website with a military family!

Older Youth Opportunities

Ohio Youth Capital Challenge

Do you know a teen interested in government, public service and citizenship? Applications are now available for the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge. Hosted by Ohio 4-H, FFA and the Ohio Farm Bureau, delegates learn about policy, spend two days at the Statehouse learning from legislators and develop an action plan. Find the details at go.osu.edu/OYCC2020

Counselor College Apr. 4-5

Great opportunity to meet other counselors that camp at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp while learning how to be a great counselor.  This weekend training allows teens to grow, develop and understand the positive impact they can make in the 4-H program.

Buckeye Leadership Workshop

Buckeye Leadership Workshop is a learning, sharing “workshop” intended as a balanced program of social, physical, mental, and spiritual activities. We believe that Buckeye Leadership Workshop provides a powerful learning environment in which anyone who works with people, professionally

or informally, can develop programming for youth or adults.  Buckeye Leadership Workshop is March 25 – March 29, 2020.  For more information contact the Extension Office at 937-393-1918 or check out https://buckeyeleadership.com/.

Making Extreme Counselors

For more information about these events or other events available, contact Danielle or Kathy at the extension office.


Scholarship Opportunities

Highland County 4-H members are eligible for several county and state 4-H scholarships and opportunities. The individual requirements are different. Handwritten forms will not be accepted.

Visit the website for scholarship eligibility requirements and applications:

County: http://highland.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/forms-applications-resources

State: https://ohio4h.org/awardsandscholarships

Many applications are coming due, please check the websites for complete information.

Achievement Form Workshop

November 24, 2019
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Location: Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Cost: FREE
What to bring: already started/previously completed form, pencil, notebook
Details: This is an in depth session geared toward individuals that have already completed the form
in past years (or have made significant progress on a new form). Work stations and 1 on 1
coaching will be available to help attendees with an already started or previously
completed achievement form.

Carving New Ideas

Carving New Ideas (CNI) is a camping opportunity that concentrates on the principles of critical thinking and program facilitation.  CNI is open to all 4-H members current;y in eighth to twelfth grade.  Campers will develop leadership and citizenship skills while making new friends from across Ohio.  Camp is held at Camp Ohio in St. Louisville, OH from November 15-17.

Cost is $65 (includes t shirt)Registration deadline is October 28th.

Forestry and Wildlife Camp

Forestry and Wildlife Camp will be taking place at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson from October 11th-13th.  A partnership with Hocking College and Sponsored by the Ohio 4-H Foundation, this opportunity allows youth to explore and learn more about the outdoors.

Camper ages 12-16 are welcome.

Cost:$35 each for the first 40 Campers, $77 each, once the scholarships have been filled.


Let’s Wear Green!

Next week is National 4-H Week.  Wear green to support the 4-H program.  Also throughout the week, Highland County will have a 4-H decoration contest.

Decorate your home or a local business and submit pictures to the comments of the contest post on the Highland County Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HighlandCounty4H/ or email them at combs.311@osu.edu. (Pictures emailed will be published on social media.)