Current Guidance on 4-H Club Meetings

In-person Meetings and Events Guidance and Requirements

As we begin the new year, the Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events has been updated to reflect current guidance from Ohio State University and health officials. Beginning SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2021, the following is in effect:

  • Hosting virtual meetings and events is preferred
  • If activities are critical/essential and are in-person, they must be education-focused
  • Group cannot be larger than 50 people, including adults, youth, presenters, etc.
  • This directive is dependent on local health department guidelines.
  • The group size may need to be reduced to 10 (or other amount), based on directives from your local health department.
  • Face masks are required inside and outside at all times
  • Potlucks and buffets are not permitted

Find details and updated guidelines at  Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events

OSU Extension Office NOW OPEN

The OSU Extension is now open Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30

4-H Staff are in the office Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday by appointment. 4-H staff are available via email and to return calls on Monday and Friday as we continue teleworking.

Bruce Zimmer – zimmer.2@osu.edu

Kathryn Hartline – hartline.24@osu.edu

4-H College Scholarship Applications Due – March 1

Washington County 4-H College Scholarship for 2021!!

Scholarship Guidelines:

  1. Applicants must have been enrolled and in good standing (completed projects) in Washington County 4-H Program at least three years.
  2. Applicants must attach a letter of acceptance (if available) from the college you are planning to attend Fall 2021. Can be any accredited associates or bachelors program.
  3. Applicants must be a high school senior or college freshman at the time of application.
  4. Include a current photo with the application. (Senior picture preferred)
  5. The Washington County 4-H Advisory Committee will award two $500 college scholarships.
  6. Scholarships are not renewable and will be a one-time recipient.
  7. Awardees will be notified by April 1st.

Application: 2021 College Scholarship Application

4-H Personal Development Scholarship Applications Due – March 1

Thinking about continuing your education or attending a certification program? Then you might want to apply for a personal development scholarship!

Scholarship Guidelines:

  1. Applicants must be at least a high school senior, high school graduate, Washington County 4-H Alumni OR current Washington County 4-H Volunteer.
  2. Applicants must have been involved in the Washington County 4-H Program a minimum of three years as a member or volunteer.
  3. The purpose of this scholarship is to reimburse applicants for expenses incurred for further training or technical education. Reimbursable expenses include: books, tools, supplies, tuition, school fees, continuing education fees, room & board, etc.
  4. Scholarship winners will be required to provide a copy of receipts to be reimbursed. Funds must be claimed by July 1, 2022.
  5. The Washington County 4-H Advisory Committee will award four $250 scholarships.
  6. Awardees will be notified by April 1st.

Application: 2021 Personal Development Scholarship Application

Ohio 4-H Conference – will be FREE and VIRTUAL!

Registrations are due by Friday, February 12 by 5:00 pm.

The 2021 Virtual Ohio 4-H Conference will bring together 4-H volunteers and teens (age 13 and older) from across Ohio. You can participate in a variety of educational sessions that offer something for everyone! Join us as we learn from one another to make the best better for Ohio 4-H programs.

Virtual sessions will start at:

  • 9:00 am on February 20 – Morning Tracks: Advisor Resources, Healthy Living and Growing 4-H Through Virtual Engagement
  • 1:00 am on February 20 – Afternoon Tracks:  Animal Science, Camp and Effective 4-H Clubs & Committee Tracks
  • 7:00 pm on February 23- Cloverbuds and Project Specific Tracks
  • 7:00 pm on February 25 – Leadership Skills and STEM Tracks

https://ohio4h.org/events/ohio-4-h-conference

This link provides the registration booklet and link to register for the conference. There is not a registration fee for 2021!!

Caregiver Support Network

Join the Caregiver Support Network for two free webinars on RESPITE! RESPITE? RESPITE….

Wednesday February 17 – online via Zoom

10 am: Respite and Caregiver needs: Creating your respite plan

2 pm: Sharing respite experiences and resources: Where do I start?

Who should attend: 

  • Family members caring for an adult or senior with chronic illness or disability
  • Adult children concerned about aging parents
  • Parents caring for adult children with disabilities
  • Long term workers: assisted living facility, adult family home or home care agency staff
  • Social service, adult day service or mental health professionals who work with family caregivers

Details:

Website: https://agrability.osu.edu/caregiver-support-network/2021-caregiver-workshops

Registration: go.osu.edu/caregiver2021

You only need to register once to attend one or both webinars

Contact: Laura Akgerman at 614-292-0622 or akgerman.4@osu.edu

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Free Teen Leadership Training (Career Readiness) for Youth Ages 13-18 – Reg Due Jan 24

On behalf of the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council, we would like to introduce you to the 2021 Take the Leap Year Program. Thanks to the Ohio 4-H Foundation Board, Take the Leap Year is a teen-led, five-month free program available to Ohio 4-H Teens ages 13-18. Our goal is to help teens from Ohio gain leadership skills, career development skills, and learn how to establish and maintain goals. They will learn these skills through programming, journaling, and working with their peers.

Registration is now open at go.osu.edu/taketheleap and due January 24, 2021.

More information about the program:

We will be meeting virtually on the third Wednesday of each month February-May. There will be two meetings in June, with one on the second Wednesday of the month and on the fourth Wednesday. These workshops will be held in the evening. Each session will have different themes taught by teen leaders. Prior to beginning in February, registered participants will receive a package in the mail with supplies for the program.

Below are the following plans with the corresponding months:

  • February: This meeting will be an introduction to the program. Throughout the program, we are challenging teens to pick one word to apply to all aspects of their life. This word can help them reach their goals.
  • March: Working with teens to develop a 5-year plan to help them determine what they would like to accomplish in the near future.
  • April: Teens will learn professionalism skills that will benefit them in their later careers. They will learn about resume building, elevator pitches, business cards, and much more!
  • May: Participants will learn about state opportunities within the Ohio 4-H program.
  • June (2nd Wednesday): Q& A with 4-H alumni and the opportunity to learn about several career paths.
  • June (4th Wednesday): Closing Ceremony

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Thinking About Starting a New 4-H Club?

Do you think you would like to start your own 4-H Club? Well, it’s not as difficult as you think!

For starters all volunteers will need to complete a 4-H volunteer application, complete an interview with OSU Extension staff and pass a BCI/Fingerprint background check.

Once this is complete you will need at least five youth from three difference families to charter a new club. We also have a step by step procedure to get you going and 4-H Staff will work with you to get things rolling!

Please contact Bruce or Kathryn at 740-376-7431 for more details.

State 4-H Horse Advisor/Volunteer Training

The State 4-H Horse Advisor Volunteer training event will be held virtually this year.  Participants can watch presentations via OSU Scarlet which is the platform where modules of information will be posted to listen to at your own pace. Registered participants will be sent a link for an optional Q&A Zoom meeting on Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 10:00am to 12:00pm with the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee. The modules will be available for viewing from 9:00am Thursday, January 28th through 9:00pm Sunday, January 31st.  Interested volunteers should preregister by January 22, 2021.  Visit horse.osu.edu to find more details and register for the event.  A link will be sent to you for the scarlet modules and zoom session link once registration is complete.