Call for Proposals

What is a Call for Proposals?

The Call for Proposals is a yearly request for educational session and workshop ideas that will be considered for offering at the next Ohio 4-H Conference, which will be March 14, 2020. 

The conference planning committee is looking to you to share your skills and leadership in your area of expertise to further the success of 4-H’ers across Ohio! This is your call to join other forward thinkers like yourself to explore, create, and celebrate Ohio 4-H.

Extension professionals, adult volunteers and teen 4-H members are encouraged to submit proposals on the wide range of topics of interest to 4-H audiences. Possible educational tracks include:

  • Advisor Resources
  • Animal Sciences
  • Camp
  • Cloverbuds
  • Developing Leadership Skills (including public speaking)
  • Effective 4-H Clubs and/or Committees
  • Healthy Living
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) – feel free to include an “A” if are so inclined, as in Arts or Agriculture
  • Workforce Preparation
  • Project Specific (e.g., foods & nutrition, clothing, still/misc. projects, etc.)
  • Any other topic that fits into one or more of OSU Extension’s Six Impact Areas:
    • Health & Wellness
    • Job Skills & Careers
    • Thriving Across the Life Span
    • Sustainable Food Systems
    • Engaged Ohioans, Vibrant Communities
    • Environmental Quality

There are two different types of conference learning opportunities for 2020:

  • Session (45 minutes)
  • Workshop (90 minutes)

What is your area of expertise? Goats, engines, natural resources, leadership, or quilting? How about duct tape creations? All submissions are considered!

Teen volunteers are highly encouraged to submit proposals too. Come network with your peers and share what you do in your county!

Nearly 1,500 people come together at the Columbus Convention Center for this event. Each person chooses from a wide selection of topics taught by Extension professionals, volunteers, and teens just like you! Interested in facilitating a session?

The deadline to submit your proposal is September (deadline for 2020 passed) .


When will I be notified if I’ve been selected?
Applicants will be notified of their status in writing via email early November.

How can I give my proposal a good chance of being selected?
Review the 2019 program. We favor original content; however, if you want to discuss a topic that has already been done, add a new twist or something unique.

Will selected presenters receive a free registration?
Everyone attending the conference, including presenters, must register. One complimentary registration per session/workshop will be available for non-Extension staff presenters.

I still have a question: who can I get in contact with?
You are welcome to email Allen Auck, Jeff Dick, or Kirk Bloir with any questions you may have.