Category Archives: Opportunities

2021 Virtual Showcase hosted by Farm Credit

Showing up to the fair shows this year? Us too! That’s why we decided to host a youth essay and video Virtual Showcase.

Farm Credit is hosting the 2021 Virtual Showcase Contest to highlight your positive fair experiences. The contest allows youth ages 8-18 to share their projects in essay or video format.

Check out mafc.com/showcase for contest information and prizes.

Health and Wellness Ambassador Opportunities

Health & Wellness Ambassador Summer 2021 Trainings

Open to all teens ages 13-19, you will be asked to become a Teen Health & Wellness Ambassador upon signing up. 

 

Program: Botvins Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse training is an opportunity to become a peer educator in avoiding misuse/abuse of opioids and prescription drugs.

Training: Virtual via Zoom either Tuesday June 8th from 7:00pm-9:00pm

Registration: REGISTER HERE! [Register by June 7th]

 

Program: Soccer for Success is a sports-based youth development program incorporating health, wellness, and nutrition in addition to teaching youth participants how to play soccer. *No soccer experience necessary

Training: Virtual via Zoom either Monday June 7th from 6:00pm-7:00pm OR Thursday June 10th from 5:00pm-6:00pm

Registration: Soccer for Success Training [Register by June 4th]

 

Program: EFNEP Building my Body is a 5-lesson curriculum to help youth learn more about nutrition to help “build their body”. Lessons include recipe demos to taste familiar foods, as well as movement, activities, and games.

Training: Virtual via Zoom either June 15th from 5:00pm-7:00pm OR June 17th from 12:00pm-2:00pm

Registration: EFNEP Building My Body Training Registration [Register by June 14th]

 

Program: Up for the Challenge is a 5-part series that focuses on healthy nutrition, physical activity, and body image.

Training: Virtual via Zoom either Wednesday June 16th from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Registration: REGISTER HERE for UFTC TRAINING! [Register by June 14th]

Health & Wellness Ambassador Summer 2021 Meetings

https://www.pcsreg.com/health-and-wellness-ambassador-registration

Summer meetings include guest speaker Kate Angermeier of ChristianaCare presenting on the topics below. We will also share any updates, successes, and activities for stipend opportunities. Teen Ambassadorship is open to all teens ages 13-19

 

June 23rd 2:00pm-3:30pm ThinkFirst for Teens: Injury Prevention

ThinkFirst For Teens, a program of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation, is an award-winning public education effort targeting this high-risk age group. ThinkFirst chapters across the United States and in many other countries present compelling educational presentations at no charge for junior and senior high schools, as well as for colleges and after-school programs. Health educators explain how injuries occur, how they affect the body and how they can be prevented. Students learn that one poor choice can change your life forever, so it is each person’s responsibility to cut the risk for injury to themselves and others by making safe choices.                                                                                                   

July 15th 7:00pm-8:30pm ThinkFirst for Road Safety:

Traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death among teens – in fact, teens and young adults are in the highest risk group for injuries. The most frequent causes are motor vehicle crashes, violence, falls and sports and recreation. Among the most serious injuries are those to the brain and spinal cord, often leading to long term or permanent disabilities that can affect a person’s thinking, speaking, ability to walk, move or even breathe as they could before the injury.  The majority of these injuries are preventable when people use basic safety precautions. This program focuses on road safety, distracted and impaired driving.

August 18th 4:00pm-5:30pm Gun Violence as A Public Health Issue (Formerly the Choice Road Program) 

 

We discuss the epidemic of gun violence, and what that looks like inside and outside of the hospital. Topics covered include types of gun violence, the physical, emotional, and psychological impact of gun violence, Protective Factors, Know the Signs (from the Sandy Hook Promise program) and resources for students in their community. This serves as an informational presentation for any age.

If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa Whittaker

4-H Tech Team

Interest Meeting June 12, 10 AM

Learn about the Delaware 4-H TECH team and how to join June 12th 10 – 3 pm

New Castle County Extension Office 461 Wyoming Rd Newark.

 

Join us to see and use all the fun, new equipment Delaware 4-H has to teach Computer Science.  Learn about the TECH team and learn how to facilitate Computer Science and Engineering programs to other youth across Delaware.

Register HERE

Teens: Remote Skills Camp for College & Career Readiness

We are excited to announce the 4-H Remote Skills Camp for teens this summer! This 30-day camp is designed to prep teens ages 15-18 for career and college readiness by introducing them to remote work skills. It is a blended course combining online work with interactive workshops. The participants will learn the best practices of being a remote worker and have unique opportunities to participate in live Q&As with remote workers at NASA, Google and more. They will also have the opportunity to interact with college professors while participating in hands on educational and career exploration activities.  The deadline to register for the June camp is May 26. Apply today at https://remoteworkcertificate.com/camp

 

State Teen Council

The Goal of a Delaware 4-H State Teen Officer:
“Foster the development of youth and the 4-H program.”  As a role model for youth and a representative and spokesperson for the 4-H program, your job is to uphold the high ideals, values and moral standards of the Delaware 4-H program.

  • Officially represent 4-H to legislators, University of Delaware officials and other decision makers.
  • Function as a team member to plan and carry out leadership and community service projects, which involve 4-H membership at the club and county levels.

Term of Office
The candidates selected for the 2021-2022 cycle will serve in office from August 2021 through July 2022.

The candidate will be selected by a committee of 4-H professional staff and/or other designated individuals from the
county and state level. Candidates will be notified of their selection by mid-August 2021.

State Teen Council Application 2021-2022

Virtual Legislative Workshops

“Let Your Voice Be Heard” – Virtual Legislative Workshops – May 13-25

REGISTER HERE


The Delaware 4-H State Teen Council invites 4-H members ages 8-19 to participate in 3 different workshops to show how people of all ages can work with our state legislators to let their voices be heard as well as the general legislative process.

  • Session 1 Thursday, May 13 (7-8 pm) – Let Your Voice Be Heard
    • Examples of how youth can work with legislators to make bills and pass laws.

  • Session 2 Thursday, May 20 (6-7 pm) – How a Bill Becomes a Law/Voting Process
    • Legislators will review the process of a bill becoming a law.
    • 4-H Alumni, John Moller, will review the voting process and show how absentee ballots are counted.
  • Session 3 Tuesday, May 25 (7-8 pm) – Ask a Legislator

    • Legislators will hold a question and answer session on any questions members have about government.

Links Spring Video/Essay Contest

What makes spring in Delaware special?  Have you observed something in nature you’d like to share?  In honor of spring, the New Castle County 4-H Links are sponsoring a contest for New Castle County 4-H members to share a video or send in a picture with an essay on some topic related to spring in Delaware. Suggested topics for your essay could be

· Delaware native plants

· The life of insects

· Observing animal behavior

· Pollinators in our garden

· How can creatures/plants in nature be protected

So answer the question “What do you notice and what excites you in spring?”

 

You can enter once in each category video and photo/essay. Submit your entries to Jacqui Malizia by emailing to Jacquelinemalizia@gmail.com. (please send link to the video for review of Judging committee) Deadline for submission is Friday, May 21st. Winners will be selected in both categories, in each age group with the following prizes: Beginner (8-12 yrs), Junior (13-15 yrs) and Senior (15+)

 

1st place $50 Amazon Gift Card

2nd place $25 Amazon Gift Card

Food Art Challenge

Take the challenge!

  1. Channel your inner artist as you use food to turn your plate into a canvas. Create your own masterpiece and display it in our online gallery 4-H art show.
  2. Once you have your food art completed, take a photo or two and share with other 4-Hers from around Delaware.
  3. Upload your photos to Delaware 4-H by: Instagram tag @delaware4h or on the Delaware 4-H Facebook page by Friday, May28th.  Be sure to attach #de4hfoodart to your post.Prize winners will be selected from tagged submissions.Open to any Delaware 4-H   member ages 5 – 19 years old.

    Receive a chance to win a 4-H prize.

    1 entry per 4-H member

    For additional contest information email:

    kklair@udel.edu

     

 

Tractor Supply Paper Clover Campaign

Tractor Supply stores in communities across the country have long supported 4-H clubs, and now, Tractor Supply Co. has entered into an official partnership with the National 4-H Council as your source for 4-H project supplies.

100% of funds raised benefit 4-H. 90% fund State level scholarships to 4-H camps and leadership experiences and 10% supports National 4-H Council for administration. Tractor Supply Company guarantees a minimum donation of $200,000 per Paper Clover Campaign (or $400,000 a year).

Each Spring and Fall, Tractor Supply will help raise money for 4-H programs with the Paper Clover Campaign, a national in-store fundraiser that benefits 4-H programming.

Please visit www.tractorsupply.com for info on how you can donate.

🎇🎡State Fair Entry Registrations Now Open🎇🎡

State Fair Entries Open at 9 am, April 1

 

See the 2021 Delaware State Fair Newsletter below:

Delaware State Fair Newsletter-2021

 

Please use the below link and register under 4-H.

Please note: We don’t have access to the Fair exhibit registration site and therefore, cannot assist you with registration issues. For questions, please call the Fair directly at 302-398-3269.

https://www.delawarestatefair.com/competitive-exhibits

 

We are also pleased to announce a new class:

Class 240             Poster Promoting Teens to seek Emotional and Mental Health Treatment (when needed)

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is sponsoring a poster contest to promote teens to seek emotional and mental health treatment, when needed.  Unfortunately, there is oftentimes a stigma associated with mental illness, emotional disturbances and seeking treatment. Youth and adolescents need to know they can request assistance when dealing with mental illness – and not feel ashamed about it.  Young adults should feel comfortable when asking for help when dealing with mental or emotional concerns and should never feel embarrassed.

Mental illnesses can affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, or behaviors.  Some of the major types of mental illness are depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar mood disorder, personality disorders, and eating disorders.  For more information on major types of mental illness, visit:  https://kids.delaware.gov/pbhs/youth-and-teens.shtml

All youth/adolescents ages 11 to 19, are encouraged to submit an original design that helps reduce the stigma associated with seeking treatment for mental illness.

Posters will be evaluated based on the following rules:

1.      Submissions should provide a clear and understandable message in a concise format.

2.      The message portrayed should be easy to read.  Letters and words should be clear and legible.

3.      Language used should be appropriate for age group.

4.      Exhibits should use 14” x 22” poster board, using the entire space on the page.

5.      Any medium or combination of media may be used, including crayons, line drawings, watercolor, paint, etc.

6.      No coloring book or traced drawings.

7.      Computer generated images are acceptable.

8.      Artwork must be the artist’s original creation.

9.      Exhibits must be entered by individuals only.

10.   Do not fold entries.

11.   One cash prize will be awarded by DPH to the first place winner.  A check will be mailed to the winner after the 2021 Delaware State Fair.  The winning exhibit, along with all entries, will be advertised on our Maternal and Child Health website, https://dethrives.com in addition to our other social media platforms.

1st

2nd

3rd

$125.00 Ribbon Ribbon

 

 

Dairy and Poultry Updates

2021 4-H and FFA Spring Dairy Show Cancelled

After consulting with the leadership of the Delaware Holstein Association, it has been determined that it is best to not hold the Spring Dairy Show this year.

Battle for the Bell, presented by Appoquinimink and Milford FFA – May 1st

This junior dairy show is open to all Delaware residents who are owners or lessors of Holstein, Jersey, Ayrshire, Guernsey, Milking Shorthorn and Brown Swiss cattle. Both heifers and dairy feeder calves will be shown.
Reach out to Stephen Cook at  stephen.cook@appo.k12.de.us   for more information!

Delaware Junior Dairy Leasing Agreements Due May 1

The Junior Dairy Leasing Agreement is available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage

Completed dairy leases can be mailed to Susan Garey 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901 faxed to (302)735-8130 or scanned and emailed to truehart@udel.edu Please no cell phone photographs of completed lease agreements unless you mail a hard copy as follow up. Dairy leasing agreements will be compiled and provided to the Delaware State Fair for verification of leased fair entries.

The Delaware Livestock Expo is Moving…to a New Date in 2021- NEW Dairy Division!

The Delaware Livestock Expo is moving to a new date in 2021- September 11-12th at the Delaware State Fairgrounds. This junior exhibitor show is open to youth up to age 21 as of January 1, 2021 from around the region and offers showmanship and breeding classes for beef, sheep, swine and meat goats. New for 2021 will be a dairy division for our junior dairy exhibitors! Entries and entry fees will be accepted online this year via the Showman app and will be due by August 20th. Stay tuned for information about our outdoor fundraiser with a benefit auction, live music and food trucks being held at the Delaware Ag Museum May 8 from 5-9 pm! Sign up for our newsletter at www.delawarelivestockexpo.com

 

2021 Delaware State 4-H Avian Bowl Study Sections

We are hopeful to be able to hold an in person 4-H Avian Bowl during the Delaware State Fair this year. If a face to face event is not possible, the contest will be converted to a virtual one and be run online utilizing the Qualtrics platform at the beginning of August. In the meantime, 4-H members can begin to prepare for it! The national study sections have been released and are as follows:

All questions and answers will come from the following material in the 2016 version of the Avian Bowl Manual:

· Raising waterfowl (Sources through General Breeding Management) – pages 26-30

· Avian systems (The Feather) – page 43

· Growing Blue Ribbon Pullets (All) – pages 57-65

· Breeds, Varieties, and Strains (Introduction, Bantams, Americans, and Asiatics) – pages 69-73

· Eggcyclopedia (Curdling through It’s All in an Egg) – pages 118-136

· Ratites (All) – Pages 171-173

· Commercial Poultry Industry (All) – Pages 175-176

· Embryology (Parts of the Egg through Candling) – Pages 186-192

Note: The above study material came from the National 4-H Avian Bowl Manual revised in 2016.

Clemson University, Bulletin Room – Room 82 96 Poole Agricultural Center

Clemson, SC 29634-0129 (864) 656-3261 (phone); (864-656-0742 (fax); Attn: Mick Smith

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2021 DE 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Delaware 4-H Foundation announces 2021 scholarship opportunities

 

The Delaware 4-H Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed to manage private funds in support of the 4-H youth development program in Delaware.  As an educational organization, the foundation encourages young adults to pursue education and training beyond high school.  In recognition of continued 4-H leadership, funds are available to support one or more scholarships offered for Delaware 4-H members to pursue higher education.

 

To qualify, applicants must have completed five years as a 4-H member, with at least three of those in Delaware.  Recipients must be high school graduates and be enrolled full-time at any two- or four-year institution of higher education for the fall or spring semester of the 2021-2022 academic year.  Applicants may be enrolled in any area of study.  High school seniors will be evaluated separately from matriculated college students. Scholarships will only be awarded once per individual; those not awarded are encouraged to apply again.

 

Scholarship selection will be based upon a written essay, 4-H leadership, 4-H involvement, school/extracurricular activities, community involvement, academic performance, and two letters of reference.  Applications may be downloaded from the Delaware 4-H Foundation website (http://www.delaware4hfoundation.org).  Only current transcript and two (2) letters of reference may be attached.  Incomplete application packages will not be considered.

 

Scholarship recipients will be announced at the Delaware State Fair.  Scholarship checks will be issued to scholarship winners AFTER completion of their first semester.  Awardees are required to submit a transcript from the first completed semester PRIOR to the check being issued.

 

Completed application form, most recent transcript, and two current reference letters are due to the State 4-H Office by May 1, 2021 via the University of Delaware’s Dropbox:

https://pandora.nss.udel.edu/  

 

  1. Click the “Drop-off” button.
  2. Enter your information in box 1.
  3. For Box 2 recipient email, enter: de4h (please note there is NO dash in de4h)
  4. Upload your files in box 3
  5. Click the “drop-off the file” box.

 

You should receive a confirmation from Dropbox. If you do not receive a confirmation within 72 hours, please call the Delaware 4-H Office at 302-831-2509 to verify that the application was received.

 

This scholarship will be announced on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. during the Delaware 4-H Foundation Donor Appreciation Brunch, 4-H Building, Delaware State Fair, Harrington.  No checks will be given out at the Delaware State Fair.

 

No person applying for this scholarship shall be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, age or gender.

 

For more information, please visit the Delaware 4-H Foundation website: http://www.delaware4hfoundation.org.

2021 4-H Foundation Scholarship application

 

Celebrate Earth Day!

Consider doing something in honor of Earth Day!

Follow the link below to find an activity for your club or an activity that you can do on your own.

Post your photos on Delaware 4-H’s social media accounts, and tag #de4hearthday

Anyone who submits a tagged photo between April 17-24 will be entered in a drawing.

We can’t wait to see the great things Delaware 4-Hers do, to honor our home!

Contact: Kristin Cook, kristin@udel.edu

https://tinkerlab.com/fifty-earth-day-activities/

Scholarship Opportunities

DDC College Scholarship:

The Delaware Diabetes Coalition has established a scholarship to provide financial assistance to high school seniors who are planning to attend further education in an accredited higher education program or students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

If you have an eligible student, please encourage them to apply by the April 30 deadline.  Students can apply at   www.dediabetescoalition.org/resources/scholarship


THE JIM CLAXTON SCHOLARSHIP FUND

ADMINISTERED BY:

 TURFGRASS PRODUCERS

OF MARYLAND

     The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund was initiated during the Spring of 2011 in order to honor Jim and his contributions to the Mid-Atlantic area turfgrass industry and financially support students while pursuing a college degree.

Jim worked as a salesman for Newsom Seed from the early 1990’s until soon before his passing on March 20, 2013. He made great contributions to turfgrass related businesses during this period, especially businesses involved in turf production.

 

The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund allows for a single, annual $500.00 award to be issued to a winning applicant prior to the fall college semester.

Written requests for applications for The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund can be sent to:

Turfgrass Producers of Maryland

P.O. Box 389

St. Michaels, MD 21663

Attention: The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund

And/or email to: Vernon@AllStatesTurf.com and/or Harry.kenney@nutrien.com

Completed applications, along with any essays, letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc. should be postmarked and mailed by 05/31/2021 to:

Turfgrass Producers of Maryland

P.O. Box 389

St. Michaels, MD 21663

Attention: The Jim Claxton Scholarship Fund

And/or email to: Vernon@AllStatesTurf.com and/or Harry.kenney@nutrien.com

 

In addition to a possible interview with one or more Turfgrass Producers of Maryland Board Members, the following criteria will be considered by the TPM board while deciding who will be awarded this scholarship:

  • The applicant should be a current high school senior or be enrolled full time in a two year Associate Degree or four year Bachelor Degree college or university program. Proof of college or university enrollment in an Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree program may be requested by the MTA board.
  • The applicant should reside in the Mid-Atlantic area or be enrolled in a college or university located in the Mid-Atlantic area.
  • The applicant should have earned a high school or current college level GPA of at least 2.5. A transcript should be submitted along with the application.
  • Preference may be given to students enrolled in a turfgrass related field.
  • Preference may be given to students with experience in turf production and/or turf maintenance.
  • An essay of one page or less, using 12 pitch x New Roman or equivalent with a one inch margin that should include how you intend to utilize your Associate or Bachelor degree.
  • A current high school and/or college level transcript and up to three letters of recommendation can be submitted with the completed application.

THE JIM CLAXTON SCHOLARSHIP FUND APPLICATION

Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest

Entries are being accepted for the 2021 Art & Conservation Design Contest: Junior Duck Stamp Program

  • 2021-2022 Contest Rules can be found HERE
  • Submission Information:
    • Submissions must be postmarked by March 15 and mailed to the State 4-H Office at the following address.  Please also send an email to de4h@udel.edu notifying us of your submission.

State 4-H Office
531 S. College Avenue
113 Townsend Hall
Newark, DE  19716

2019 Junior Duck Stamp Winning Artwork: Mallard; “Duck on a Farm” Dorothy McCormick, age 15, Colored Pencil Group IV, (Grades 10-12), First Place

🌳🌳Arbor Day Poster Contest 🌳

Delaware Forest Service Annual Arbor Day Poster Contest

2021 Theme: Trees are Terrific… In Many Wonderful Ways!

Winning posters must reach Delaware Department of Agriculture (2320 S. Dupont Hgwy, Dover) by April 26

Access to the Rules, Guidelines and Curriculum Guide can be found on the Eventbrite registration page or here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1_K4X6PoyYBOyFmIVOJqghsTPhFlM2mjd?usp=sharing

Delaware 4-H National Drug Prevention Contests

 

Drawing/Graphic Design Contest

Scientific facts and figures don’t have to just be spoken, use your creative illustration skills to bring these words to life!

Submission requirements:

-Must be 8.5 x 11 paper

-Two key prevention facts

-Must have a specific theme

-Appropriate for age category -Take a picture of drawing to submit


Poem/Spoken Word Contest

Express the data or emotions in a powerfully vivid and imaginative style. Voice recording is recommended but optional

Submission requirements:

-Must be appropriate length for age

-Make it well thought out and powerful

-Two key prevention facts

-Appropriate length for age category


Video Contest

Lights. Camera, Action! Be the director and film a video that features the information on drugs and alcohol.

Submission requirements:

-Length 30 seconds or less

-Two key prevention facts

-Appropriate for age category

-Grab the attention of the viewer

-Acting is encouraged!

 

Age categories

10-12 years old

13-15 years old

16-18 years old

 

Due Date March 15, 2021


Prizes

1st place $50

2nd place $25

3rd place $15

 

Register HERE National Drug Facts Contest 


Showcase

Join us March 24th for fun, fellowship and dancing as we announce the top winners in each contest!

For more information or questions, feel free to reach out to Lindsay Hughes