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Week of January 18, 2015

Rebranded Self-Determined Idea Starters

The Self-Determined Project Guide and all of the idea starters have been rebranded. You can access these documents on If you have any questions please contact Erica Clark-Covert at or 614-688-1934.


Ohio 4-H Professionals' Update Thursday, February 5, 2015

Registration for the Update will open on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 and the cost will be $25.00 per participant.  Please look over the agenda and the concurrent sessions that are being offered.  You will be asked on the registration to select your sessions. Thanks!

 8:30       Registration

9:00       Call to Order & Welcome
9:05       NAE4-HA 
9:15       Key Note Speaker – Chet Snouffer - Teacher, coach and former youth group leader and children's ministry leader Chet is a 1979 graduate of Wheaton College (IL) travels the world speaking to youth, sharing testimony and experiences as a member of the United States Boomerang Team. 
10:20     Concurrent Session A

o   Planning for Promotion 101 – Judy Villard Overocker

o   Classroom to Camp – Jill Stechschulte, Laura Rohlf/Dailey

o   Writing Ohio 4-H Project Books & Resources – Jane Wright/Blackford/Clark

o   Got Coverbuds? – Rhonda Williams/

o   Making the Best 4-H Clubs Better – Version 2.0 – Carolyn Belczyk/

o   Team Building on a Budget – Larry Hall

o   On-line Fair Entries & Camp Registrations Using Google Docs – Melinda Morrison

11:05     Extension Update – Keith Smith
11:25     Minor Participants Policy 1.50
12:15     Lunch and Meet with Design Teams
1:25       State 4-H Updates
1:45       New Staff Introductions
2:30       Concurrent Sessions B

o   Peer Review for 4-H Scholarly Work Including 4-H Project Books– Tom Archer/Jane Wright

o   Farm Themed Summer Camp & Club Activities & Ideas – Rob Isner

o   Tips for Understanding Youth with Special Needs – Jason Sidell

o   Conduction Cloverbud Camp in Conjunction with Conventional – Nadine Fogt/Michael

o   Retention of New 4-H Members – Cheryl Goodrich

o   Surviving the Early Years – Outwit and Outlast – Betty Wingerter

o   Fundraising from Keeping Your Office Afloat to Living the Dream – Kelly Coble/Hedrick

3:30       Concurrent Sessions C

o   Making It Count, How Research Project Can Boost Your Vita – Mark Light/Hedrick, Jeff Dick

o   Camp Craft Ideas Without Breaking Your Budget – Heather Gottke

o   Dog Poop Initiative – Kathy Booher/Podach

o   Utilizing Master Clothing Educators and State Fashion Board Members – Cindy Shuster

o   Yes, Kids Can Be Cruel. What Can I Do About It? – Tonya Horvath

o   Everything’s Ok Until It’s Not, Risk Management for 4-H Professionals & Volunteers-Jackie Krieger

o   Is “Special Interest” of Interest to You? – Greg Siek

4:00       Safe Journey Home

Webinar Opportunity - January 26-30, 2015

2015 University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development Virtual Professional Development From Your Desk Conference

There will be eight webinars throughout the week, with one on Monday afternoon, two on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and one on Friday morning. The morning sessions are scheduled from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Pacific/10:30-12:00 noon Mountain and the afternoon sessions will be from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Pacific/2:30-4:00 p.m. Mountain.



Using Data Creatively to Make the Case for 4-H: The 4-H Pathway to College

Tuesday, January 27, 2015  2:15 PM-3:30 PM Eastern

Adobe Connect Log-In:
(Note: Sound will be through your computer speakers—Voice Over IP)

Data related to youth program and educational involvement can be used in creative and focused ways to tell a powerful story about 4-H participants and the 4-H program model. We will illustrate how data helped us to connect existing data to new data sources to learn that 4-H youth are “better off” academically- 4-Hers in our studies attend school more regularly, show higher achievement on standardized tests, graduate high school at higher rates, and enroll in postsecondary programs more often when compared to young people who are not 4-H participants.  Join us for this national conversation as we present study results, identify creative uses of data, and chart a course of action to understand 4-H participants and to demonstrate the impact of 4-H participation through data.  We will also provide resources and lessons learned by the co-presenters.

 Three Educational Objectives:

1)      Participants will increase their understanding of how data is helping 4-H organizations in Michigan and Minnesota to manage, learn, improve and show impact.

2)      Participants will identify opportunities to make the case for 4-H by using existing program and public data.

3)      Participants will engage in discussion and reflection with colleagues and national leaders to consider action to expand this approach in their states.