Active Parenting Sessions (no charge)

Blast Off! is three 4-session online parenting series. The curriculum, Active Parenting, uses videos and discussion to introduce information that may help participants to improve their parenting, which also might help them to be less stressed.  Each series focuses on parenting a specific age of children: birth to five, five to twelve, or teenagers.

Active Parenting:  First Five Years     Mar (2024) 5, 6, 7, 8 12:30-2:30pm

  • This workshop is for parents of birth to five-year-old children.  We’ll discuss how to use freedom and non-violent discipline to nurture your young child.

Active Parenting: Ages 5 – 12      Apr (2024) 9, 10, 11, 12 12:30-2:30

  • This workshop focuses on helping parents to raise responsible young school-aged children.

Active Parenting:  The Teenage Years     May (2024) 14, 15, 16, 17 12:30-2:30

  • Helping parents raise responsible confident tweens and teens, who may be facing issues such as self-esteem, technology, drug and alcohol use, bullying.

Pre-Registration is required for each series. There is no cost to register. Active Parenting books for you to keep will be mailed participants who have attended three sessions.

Please go to the following link to register:

Youth Preparedness Council Applications Being Accepted

This is a wonderful opportunity for our youth with an interest in Emergency Management. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is looking for students in grades eight through 11 interested in supporting disaster preparedness to join the Youth Preparedness Council (YPC).

The online application is now open, and closes March 4, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. PT. To learn more about the YPC and application requirements, visit and visit to apply.

FEMA will also host two webinars for potential applicants on Jan. 25, 2024 and Feb. 27, 2024. Join to learn more about the program and how to apply.

Ohio 4-H Conference – registration due Feb 9

A conference for teens and volunteers is being planned for Saturday, March 9.  The Conference and Luncheon will be held at the Columbus Convention Center.  This conference offers a wide variety of sessions to attend.  The luncheon is attended by all participants and will recognize volunteers for years of volunteer service.  Registrations are due as soon as possible.  The actual deadline is February 9th, however if you want to get your first choice of sessions it is important to register early. A registration form is included.  The 4-H Advisory Committee will cover your registration but there is a $10 commitment fee.

Ohio 4-H Achievement Award Applications Due Jan 31

Thinking about applying for National 4-H Congress/State Achievement Award? Applications are due January 31 to the OSU Extension Office. The award application can be downloaded from the State 4-H Website:

Here are the award categories:

  • Beef
  • Citizenship & Community Service
  • Clothing & Textiles
  • Communications
  • Companion Animals
  • Creative Arts
  • Dairy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Family Life & Child Development
  • Foods & Nutrition
  • Gardening & Horticulture
  • Goats
  • Health & Safety
  • Horse
  • Llama
  • Leadership
  • Mechanical & Engineering Science
  • Personal Development
  • Photography
  • Poultry
  • Rabbits
  • Sheep
  • Shooting Sports
  • Swine
  • Veterinary Science
  • Woodworking

Ohio 4-H & FFA Game with the Buckeyes

Friday, February 16th, 2024

Thank you so much for being so excited about the Ohio 4-H and FFA Day on Friday, February 16th. We cannot wait to have you attend the event and Hockey game. This email will include the day of game information and a link to purchase tickets for your program.
Ohio State is thrilled to be hosting our annual FFA Game again this season and this year the invitation is being extended to Ohio 4-H. We also are excited to announce a continued partnership with The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences to provide academic programming prior to the game. Their team will reach out in January to all groups requesting tickets to determine interest in their pre-event programming!
Prior to the Buckeyes Hockey game versus Wisconsin, the program that afternoon will include time with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences exploring topics related to the undergraduate majors offered by the college.

Tickets will be $11 per person at the group rate. The earlier you purchase the better!

Program Details

• Parking is FREE. Attendants will be outside directing traffic and will help with parking locations. Buses may drop off students at the door to the Schottenstein Center and then park in Buckeye Lot 1 (directly across from the Covelli Center) for the event. Click HERE to see a parking map.

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Programming
3:00PM – 5:00PM
• 3 p.m. Session option
• 4 p.m. Session option
• Wrap up around 5 p.m. then your group can leave to grab a bite to eat.

5:00 PM – 6:00PM
• Allotted time to eat somewhere close to the arena and make it back when gates open at 5:30 PM! Concessions will be available throughout the game. Groups will not be able to bring food into the Schott from outside vendors.
• We are a cashless arena and students can transfer cash into pre-paid cards at the arena with their cash, but it would be easier if they had a debit or credit card.

Ohio State Men’s Ice Hockey Game
Doors Open 5:30pm/Game Start 6:30pm
• All tickets are digital. We recommend the Group Lead have all the tickets on one or a few phones and then scan all students in themselves instead of sending tickets out individually.

Purchasing Tickets
• If purchasing tickets, please contact Isaiah Eichler at or by phone at, 614.247.9182.
• You are welcome to click the BUY TICKETS button below to do it online.
• Account Manager will help manage all of your tickets. If you are having any trouble with our app, please use the Digital Ticketing Guide for help!
• If you are purchasing for a large group in bulk feel free to reach out to avoid fees!
• Our staff will be in and out of the office throughout December. It will be easier to reach me via email.

We look forward to seeing everyone on February 16th, 2024!

Washington Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

2024 Youth Tour Application Fillable

Each year, Washington Electric Cooperative sponsors two high school students on Youth Tour, a weeklong, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. They are joined by around 40 other students representing electric co-ops throughout Ohio to tour historical sites and landmarks, meet their Congressional representatives, and learn about the cooperative business model. Best of all is that the experience is FUN! Many of our  Youth Tour alum have called this an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience and say they have made friendships that will last their entire lives. Some of our students have even gone on to careers within the cooperative world.

Youth Tour will take place Saturday, June 15 through Friday, June 21.  I’m reaching out to all of our local 4-H and FFA professionals in hopes that you might share this information with your students. The trip is open to high school sophomores and juniors whose parents are full time residential members (customers) of Washington Electric Cooperative. Application forms are attached and also available on our website at, and they are due by Feb. 9.

There is no minimum gpa requirement. Students who apply will then be interviewed at a later date here at Washington Electric Cooperative.

There is a video on the site that shares some of the highlights of the 2023 Youth Tour, which was attended by Addison Schaad of Waterford High School. Again, our goal is to send two students on the 2024 trip.

Jennifer Green

Director of Marketing, Washington Electric Cooperative

Hey Teens! – Ohio Looking for National Delegates

National 4-H Conference Delegates

  • National 4-H Conference is specifically focused on civic engagement, civic education, and personal development. Delegates arrive ready to connect, learn, engage, lead, and impact their communities, their nation, and their world.
  • Open to teens 15-19 years old who are actively engaged in 4-H programs
  • Date of Conference: April 18-24, 2024 in Washington, D.C. (Ohio delegates arrive a day early on April 18. Conference begins April 19).
  • Application Deadline: December 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (applicants must be 15-18 as of 1/1/24 and currently enrolled as an Ohio 4-H member). See the attached document for the example application, and then be sure to apply via Qualtrics:
  • For more information, visit
  • Washington County has been represented the past two year: 2023-Emma Poulton, 2022-Melina Matics

ExploreAg Day Camp – Nov 16 at Hocking College

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is pleased to announce we are hosting an ExploreAg Day Camp at Hocking College on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023.

Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Sample agenda)
Cost: FREE
Who: Any Ohio high school student interested in exploring agriculture career opportunities.
Purpose: Discover careers linked to agriculture and related STEM fields through a series of immersive and hands-on experiences and tours.
Registration: Register by Nov. 1.

Participation is FREE for attendees, and space is limited to the first 30 students registered. Attendees will be responsible for securing their own transportation to and from camp.

About ExploreAg

ExploreAg is Ohio Farm Bureau’s signature ag literacy and workforce development program, offering FREE week, multi-day and day-long immersion programs for high-school students.

In ExploreAg, teens learn about agriculture and related STEM fields from industry experts, scientists and educators.

State Achievement Form Workshop

This fall, Teen Leadership Council will be hosting a virtual Achievement Form Workshop for 4-H members statewide!

  • October 1, 2023 (6:00-7:30 p.m. on Zoom): An informational session will be held, providing a basic overview of the Achievement Form, giving introductory tips for completion, and sharing about potential opportunities available to members who complete and submit their forms.
    • Must register at by September 29 to receive Zoom information for the workshop.
    • This session will be recorded for those who cannot attend in live-time.

 A second review session will not be hosted like in years past due to low attendance the past few years. If you have a teen who is particularly interested in having their form reviewed, please let me know and I can help connect them with one of our teen leaders.

Have no idea what the Achievement Record is? That’s okay! See the additional attached flyer that describes what the achievement record is and what awards are available for those that win. This is a great resource you can hand to a young person in your county!

 More information can also be found at