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4-H Awards Program. 2008 Update. 2008 Due Date. Record Book due date April 1, 2008 Interview date May 6 & 7, 2008 Announcement at Roundup Honor Night. Updates for 2008.

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  1. 4-H Awards Program 2008 Update

  2. 2008 Due Date • Record Book due date • April 1, 2008 • Interview date • May 6 & 7, 2008 • Announcement at Roundup • Honor Night

  3. Updates for 2008 • 4-H members should wear “Business Attire” for the Award Interviews. 4-H uniforms will be considered inappropriate attire for interviews, because the member is representing themselves and their 4-H work, they are not representing a 4-H office or position.

  4. Updates for 2008 • Hall of Fame Interview Committee will only judge only 4-H Hall of Fame and given a total of 30 minutes to interview Hall of Fame candidates’ and review their applications.

  5. New for 2008 • $1,000 Level III Scholarship - Human Environmental Sciences Scholarship • Hall of Fame Scholarships increased to $1500.00 • All Level I & II Project Scholarships will remain at $1000.00

  6. Relevant Changes made in 2006 • Projects/Scholarships defined in levels • Level I Projects • Current stand alone projects • Level II Projects (member must be previous state winner in a level I Project) • Advanced Projects • Level III Scholarships • High school seniors only • Level IV Scholarships • For Full Time college students only

  7. Success doesn’t just happen…

  8. Planning • Use a road map • Project Objectives (found in Awards Handbook) • Short term goals • What is to be done this year to meet objectives • Month by Month planning • Long term goals • Scholarships/Trips • State Winner

  9. Planning with members • Start with the objectives • Brainstorm activities which meet the objectives • Decide which section of the ORF that type of activity would be reported in • Take good notes

  10. 4-H Recordkeeping Getting Started

  11. A 4-H Record Book is… • An organized way to summarize a 4-H member’s project work, leadership and citizenship activities. • A way to compete for awards and scholarships • One of those things that kids/parents put in those stiff green folders with a clover • A real headache

  12. Parts of a Record Book • The Oklahoma Report Form • A 6-page 4-H Story • 3 pages of project pictures (up to 13 for Photography • NOTHING ELSE!

  13. Extras… • In previous years, we removed • Tab/divider pages with artwork • Scrapbooking stickers • Medals • Publicity Photos

  14. The Oklahoma Report Form • Designed to report facts and figures • Divided into Sections • IA – What have you done in this project? • IB – What have you learned in this project? • II – 4-H Leadership Experiences • III – 4-H Citizenship Experiences • IV – Awards in All projects • V – Non-4-H Experiences

  15. Section I-A Project Work • 4-H Project Work – 15 points • Concise summary of work done as a 4-H Member in the project • Should show growth in number and complexity of activities • Other Project Work – 5 points • Summary or examples of how 4-H knowledge, skills and project work were applied in other organizations and/or settings

  16. Section I-B – Learning5 points • Should reflect age-appropriate knowledge and skills • Should show growth in technical expertise and skill • Generally listed in Chronological order • Should relate to project objectives – some objectives can only be met by learning

  17. Section II Leadership Experiences • 4-H Leadership – 15 points • Relates directly to the project reported • Projects led, organized or assisted • 4-H visible as “lead” group/organization • Other Leadership – 5 points • Leadership in other 4-H projects • Use of 4-H Leadership skills to benefit other organizations/groups

  18. Section IIICitizenship Experiences • 4-H Citizenship – 15 points • Community service projects/activities related to the project reported which are organized by/through 4-H • Individual service activities representing 4-H • Other Citizenship – 5 points • Community Service related to other 4-H projects • Community projects organized by other groups

  19. Section IV – 5 points4-H Awards in All Projects/Activities • Report project-related accomplishments first • Significant awards • Summarize or group similar types of recognition • Do not exceed ½ page

  20. Section V- 5 pointsNon-4-H Experiences • If project-related activities have been reported in other sections, do not repeat • Include significant awards/participation • Summarize or group similar types of recognition • Do not exceed ½ page

  21. 4-H Story • Complements the facts in the Oklahoma Report Form • Shares the member’s feelings • Tells who, what, when, where, why and how the facts in the ORF came to be • Must be double spaced • Must be no more than 6 pages

  22. 4-H Story • Project Growth – 5 points • Document change over time in skill, ability, numbers, etc • Personal Growth – 5 points • Examples of how 4-H and this project has impacted the member and others • Application of 4-H knowledge and skills – 5 points • Examples of leadership and service and application of skills in other settings

  23. Photo Section – 5 points • Suggested Pictures • 1 page of project work • 1 page of leadership activities • 1 page of citizenship activities • 3-4 pictures per page • Up to 6 pictures if digitally cropped and captions printed as one unit • Descriptive Captions

  24. Overall Record Book – 5 points • Well organized • Tabs for ORF, Story and Photos are helpful, but not required • Easy to read • Effective use of bold fonts, white space and color to draw attention to headings etc. • Correct spelling and grammar • Don’t depend on spell and grammar check • No extra materials

  25. Oklahoma Report Form Where does this “go”? • Breed, raise and show animals • Learn how supply and demand affects commodity markets • Organize a civic group presentation • Serve as Teen Leader for a project club • Interview/shadow a breeder or broker • Participate in judging activities

  26. Oklahoma Report Form Where does this “go”? • Keep reproductive records • Donate seeds or plants and work in a community garden • Supply animals for a petting zoo • Research how substances enter the food chain

  27. Oklahoma Report Form Where does this “go”? • Obtain infant/child CPR certification • Organize an adopt a grandparent program • Teach workshops on healthy snacks • Provide childcare for OHCE events • Serve as a page in House or Senate • Learn the difference between rights and responsibilities

  28. Oklahoma Report Form Where does this “go”? • Inventory of clothing construction techniques learned and used • Research types of sewing equipment • Learn how to complain about an inferior product • Construct costumes for school play • Organize a fashion show

  29. A word about other organizations 4-H members often belong to other organizations, and they utilize the knowledge and skills gained as a 4-H member in that other organization (church youth group, FFA, FCCLA, FBLA, Boy/Girl Scouts, Jr. Breed Associations, etc.).

  30. What to Report • Work done as a 4-H member should be reported as 4-H work in a county or state 4-H record book. • Work done as a member of another youth group should be reported as non-4-H workin a county or state 4-H record book.

  31. What if I’m not sure? Ask this question: “If those who were there and saw, heard or benefited from my actions were asked what organization I represented would probably not say 4-H, then report it as non-4-H work.”

  32. Decisions… • A 4-H member raises beef cattle, but exhibits market cattle as an FFA member • The same member organized a 4-H Beef project club which met regularly, had educational programs and conducted service projects.

  33. Decisions… • The church youth director knows that you show sheep as a part of your 4-H work and asks you to provide a lamb for the living Nativity scene • You get volunteers from your livestock project club to provide animals and participate in the living Nativity scene

  34. Decisions… • Because of your success in 4-H Share the Fun, the music teacher recruits you to be in school performances • You recruit members of your school music, drama or dance group to become 4-H members and participate in Share the Fun

  35. Decisions… • You accompany your church youth group to sing at the nursing home • You recruit members of your church youth group to go with your 4-H club to sing at the nursing home

  36. Call it what it is… • Related work done as a member of another organization or group should be reported as: _________ Project work conducted as a member of ___________ organization(s)

  37. Formatting Tips • No “preferred” way • Use a chart for activities which are done every year or several times a year • Use impact statements or summaries to emphasize special projects • Use lists to show that public speaking or judging activities were project-related

  38. Food Science - chart

  39. Food Science - statement Organized a food science project club that met once per month during the school year. Average monthly attendance was 14. Participants learned healthy eating and activity habits. From the beginning of school to the end of the year, members increased activity levels by average of 20 minutes per day.

  40. Leadership • Use this section to report • Teaching opportunities & experiences • Details of activities organized • One on one assistance • Number reached through activities • Member’s role in Youth Adult Partnerships • Promotional Leadership • Officer responsibilities

  41. Citizenship • Use this section to report: • Participation in Service Learning activities • Activities which foster greater understanding of community issues • Donations, community fund raisers, Food or clothing drives etc. • Involvement in special causes – Heart Association or Diabetes education, volunteer for local Red Cross, Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House, etc.

  42. Awards in All Projects OK to group like awards • Received county medals in Dog, Fabrics and Fashions, Food Preservation, and Sheep • Selected to attend Denver, Kansas City, National Congress and Citizenship Washington Focus • Grand Champion Bread in County Fair – 5 years • Grand Champion Fashion Revue entry – 6 years • Breed Champion Wether – 2 years

  43. Non-4-H Experiences • OK to group like activities • Superintendents Honor Roll – 6 years • Academic awards in History, English and Math • Single entries for emphasis • Valedictorian of graduating class • Selected to serve as Senate page

  44. Pieces of the 4-H Project Puzzle

  45. Why 4-H Projects? When projects are completed, They will represent ME-the 4-H member, my thinking, my skill of hand, my work ideas. --OB Boggs, WVES

  46. 4-H Record Books… • are teaching tools for developing desirable character traits and life skills as well as project skills • teach youth to help themselves and others • provide real experiences in making decisions • are age appropriate & flexible for individual development • include intrinsic & extrinsic rewards

  47. We promote Project Work by: • Showing how … not doing for • Observing & listening • Supporting with encouragement • Being sincerely interested • Staying just out of the way, while never being far away • Helping members do things their own way when possible • Knowing what is going on • Praising when it is needed & earned

  48. The Finished Project Work Puzzle • Is driven by the 4-H member • Has short and long term goals • Builds on interests • Include Quality, Quantity & • Variety • Is a Process vs Activity • Uses tools for reporting not the • end result of the work

  49. Project Work Cycle • What do I know? • What do I want to know more about? • How can I find out? • How do I make what I learned useful? • How can I share my knowledge? • What’s next? E Experiential Process EXPERIENCE*SHARE*PROCESS*GENERALIZE*APPLY

  50. National Recognition Model • Participation • Peer Competition • Progress toward goals • Standards of Excellence • Cooperation