Summer Internship Available!

Come Spend the Summer with Us!

Come experience OSU Extension behind the scenes! Learn how to build programs, and engage communities in 4-H Youth Development, Family & Consumer Sciences and Agriculture & Natural Resources.

2023 Volunteer Training

ALL Volunteers must attend one of these offered trainings. If you are unable to attend, please contact Jesseca Housel at or call 330-296-6432 for alternative training solutions.
New volunteers are welcome, however, additional training will be required.

Valentines Card Making

Please have your bags dropped off to the Portage County OSU Extension Office by Wednesday, February 8th, 2023.

Our office is open Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays from 9am-4pm. (Additional times are available, just email Jesseca at to set up a drop off time outside of these hours)

Sign-up and let us know how many cards you or your club plan on creating!!

Deer Field Ag Services’ Fair Funding Starter Scholarship Program

Deerfield Ag Services is accepting applications for the 2023 Fair Funding Starter Scholarship. Thirty-six junior fair participants were awarded scholarships in its inaugural year of 2022.

During the 2023 fair season, Deerfield Ag Services will once again grant funding to individual youth exhibitors at the start of their projects to offset some of the initial investments associated with fair livestock projects.

Though these scholarships will not likely offset the full cost of getting started, the company hopes to help make it more attainable for junior fair participants to take part in exhibiting the livestock of their choice. The scholarship amounts vary by project, and are as follows:

  • Rabbit & Poultry – $25

  • Goat and Lamb – $75

  • Horse – Up to $100

  • Swine – Up to $250

  • Beef – Up to $350

The scholarship is eligible to students in Portage, Stark, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties who are either  4-H and FFA participants. To sign up for the program, students must fill out a brief application below.

2023 Fair Funding Starter Scholarship Application

Ohio 4-H Conference 2023

Ohio 4-H Conference, Saturday, March 11, 2023 Greater Columbus Convention Center Columbus, Ohio

Session information and registration form can be found here!

Adult Members will be paid for by the 4-H Advisory Committee and youth members will be paid for by the Youth Benefit Committee. No payment is necessary for Portage County 4-H youth and volunteers for registration.

Please turn the registration form to the Portage County Extension Office no later than February 9th. You can email the form to Jesseca at, mail, or drop off at the Extension Office (705 Oakwood Street, Suite 103, Ravenna, OH 44266).

2023 Trips and Opportunities

Interested in a FREE Summer Opporutnity?

Fill out and turn in the 2023 Achievement Record before February 3rd to the Extension Office!

2023 Achievement Record – PDFWord

Become a Camp Counselor!

What are you doing in June of 2023?

It is never too early to start planning!

We are looking for NEW applicants to become camp counselors for Portage County at 4-H Camp Whitewood!


Worried about the responsibility? This is NOT a summer long commitment!

Beginning in March to June, we meet every other week. Collectively, you can expect about 10 meetings. By attending these meetings, you recieve specialized training to help you prepare for anything you might face at camp! Camp this year will be June 25th – 30th.

Looking to gain real life work experience?

Being a camp counselor looks GREAT on resumes! Adding camp to your resume tells employers that you have strong people skills and a desire to work hard- skills that are critical for making it into the workforce.

Take Some Time and APPLY!

Online Application Link:

Applications are due by Monday, January 9, 2023. So please fill it out ASAP!! Camp Counselor interviews will be conducted on Monday, January 16, 2023. Applicants will be contacted through email by Wednesday, January 11, 2023 to set up a time for your interview.


Please reach out if you are unsure or have any questions!


The Ohio State University
Jesseca Housel OSU Extension Educator 1
Portage County 4-H Youth Development
705 Oakwood St. Suite 103, Ravenna, OH 44266
Main Office 330-296-6432 / Direct Line 330-235-7646 / Cell 330-298-5232 /

Join the 2023 State Junior Fair Board

Apply to represent 4-H Youth Development on the Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board by March 1, 2023

The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board is made up of our great state’s best and brightest young leaders, hand-picked to contribute to the success of the Ohio State Fair each year. If the passion for 4-H Youth Development and the state fair is in your blood, consider applying to represent our organization by March 1!

What is the Junior Fair Board?

The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board is made up of Ohio’s best and brightest young leaders, hand-picked to contribute to the success of the Ohio State Fair each year. Selected to represent their respective youth organizations, these students serve on behalf of thousands of students across Ohio. Goals of the Junior Fair Board include:

  • To serve the people of the Ohio State Fair
  • To interact with fairgoers and provide the best experience possible
  • To help other agencies and organizations with their tasks, booths, etc. at the fair
  • To gain networking experiences and special opportunities

Which skills should a Junior Fair Board member have?

Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board members are dedicated leaders with outstanding characteristics such as:

  • Leadership
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Flexibility
  • Responsibility
  • Adaptability

What are the requirements?

In addition to being an outstanding leader, prospective members should meet the following general criteria:

  • 16-20 years old
  • Currently a member of 4-H, FFA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Farm Bureau
  • Highly involved members in their organization
  • Significant accomplishments within the organization (i.e. competition at the state and/or national level, leadership experiences, community service/volunteer experiences, etc.)
  • Leadership experience with the potential and desire to continue to grow as a leader
  • Very responsible, respectful, and professional
  • Members are only eligible to serve one two-year term on the JFB representing one organization

What is the time commitment?

Junior Fair Board members commit approximately 2 weeks of time to the Ohio State Fair, arriving the Monday prior to the Fair’s Wednesday opening (this year, they would arrive on Monday, July 24, prior to the Fair’s Wednesday, July 26 opening, and will return home on Sunday, Aug. 6).

First year Junior Fair Board members are paid a flat-rate stipend for their service; returning members will receive a higher stipend for their second year of service.

Where will I stay?

Housing, as well as complimentary meals, are provided by the Ohio State Fair. All Junior Fair Board members will stay in dormitories located at the Ohio State Fair in the Rhodes Center building.

How do I apply?

Visit and submit applications through the portal.

Learn More at our Informational Webinar on Wednesday, February 1

This year, the Ohio State Fair will host an informational webinar with current Junior Fair Board leaders, past presidents, and advisors to share information on what we look for in members, what you can expect, and more. Can’t join on Feb. 1? No worries – a recorded version of the video will be available after the webinar at

More Information

Ohio 4-H & ODHE FAFSA Virtual Event


Did you know $111 million goes to waste if it is not claimed for post-secondary education opportunities? Ohio 4-H is partnering with the Ohio Department of Higher Education to help answer the most asked questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)!

It is NEVER too early to start preparing–no matter what career pathway students take after high school!

January, 12, 2023 • 6-7 p.m. • Virtual

Register here: