4-H Teen Opportunities

Franklin County 4-H Teen News - 2018 - Volume 1

Learning By Doing

There are many opportunities for the 4-H teens in Franklin County. Some deadlines are coming soon though! So this is a good time to begin discussions about what might be the next step for you!

Choose Wisely

It's important to make choices about applying for ANY of these opportunities. Use this check-list to help you decide what, if any, you should apply for:

1. Your local 4-H Club is your foundation, you need to keep it a priority in your schedule. Anything you choose to add needs to be "in addition" to the 4-H club meetings. Adding something shouldn't be at the sacrifice of local 4-H meeting attendance.

2. Is it time to add something? Do you intentionally read the information that your 4-H advisor sends about your 4-H club activities? Did you complete at least one 4-H project this year? Would your advisor consider you to be an active/engaged/responsible member who attends the majority of club meetings and is ready for something new?

3. Are you able to add additional meetings to your overall schedule?

  • What is your school schedule like?
  • What is your sports schedule like?
  • Do you have additional commitments?
  • Think about the fall, winter, spring, and summer months ahead and not just the "now".

4. Are you willing to stand up for 4-H commitments?
  • Realize when you sign up, people are COUNTING on you.
  • Membership means you see it as important, and you are willing to prioritize it.
  • You bring a unique set of talents, ideas, and skills to the group.
  • You are investing in your personal development which has great value

5. Being a member does have rewards.

  • Since you learn best when "doing" something, it is to your benefit to be active and participate!

Skills You'll Use Throughout Life!

Doing something once is eye opening, but working at life skills requires time, dedication, and repetition to hone your skills and see measurable improvement!

Public speaking. Did you know that the #1 fear in America is public speaking? 4-H has multiple opportunities for you to gain quality speaking skills. As you do, your confidence will grew over the years!

  • It will help in school, interviews for college/clubs/awards/jobs, giving impromptu speeches, your future career, and in lots of areas in life!

Team Building takes practice and requires a team...if you are consistently at the meetings, then you can be better prepared to participate in discussions and decisions.

Planning/Organizing skills begin with your project. It is also good to plan things for your club. When your skills are ready to grow, one of the county/state opportunities would be a great next step!

Self-Discipline is a skill that should be growing as you grow. There is less of someone telling you what to do and more of you taking the initiative. "Wanting" to be involved in additional 4-H opportunities isn't just adding your name to a list. It requires you to become responsible with your time and be self-motivated.

Social Skills can be sharpened as your circle of influence increases.

There are "soft skills" that employers are saying are very important to them as they plan to hire new employees. Research has shown that multiple years in 4-H helps to develop these skills and helps our next generation to be work force ready along with being valuable members within the community.

Franklin County Junior Fair Board - Due 8/10

Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month at the fairgrounds, in Hilliard.

Members help to evaluate the 2018 junior fair, make suggestions and vote on changes for the 2019 fair, and facilitate events at the fair.


  • attend meetings (1st Tuesday, monthly)
  • raise financial support to help with awards
  • make cookies for the December fundraiser
  • sell Jr. Fair cookbooks
  • purchase a fair board shirt
  • be on committees that will ultimately work/run the junior fair judgings/shows/activities at the 2019 fair

Applications are due August 10

If you were an Intern or Intern in Training in 2018 or are applying for the first time, you need to complete this application by the August 10 deadline. Interviews will be held the end of August. (2018 board members are not required to reapply but were supposed respond to an email from the Franklin County Junior Fair advisors.)


Franklin County Teen Leaders Council

They meet monthly, often the 4th or 5th Tuesday of the month at the Franklin County Extension Office, (with a few exceptions) and sometimes there is a Saturday/Sunday overnight at Camp Ohio in the fall.

The Teen Leaders Council is a Franklin County 4-H club that focuses on preparing teens to be caring and contributing leaders through educational and leadership opportunities. The 2018 educational focus is "Exploring Government". The 2019 educational focus has not been determined.


  • Attend and participate in monthly meetings.
  • Join a TLC committee to plan, organize, and complete the committee goals.

Applications (coming soon) are due November 30.

Franklin County Fashion Board

They meet monthly (January - July), often on Sunday afternoons in Hilliard but have also planned other dates/times when attending field trips and exhibits.

Requirements: Open to 4-H clothing members (with at least one year of construction experience) who are at least 12 years of age (by 1/1/19)! The board is looking for bright, motivated 4-H'ers who want to learn more about clothing and textiles.


  • help with a station at the Winter Project Fair
  • help plan and conduct a county sewing workshop
  • organize at least one event for Franklin County clothing participants
  • read the fair fashion review narration cards
  • assist with various activities surrounding the judging and the fashion review

Applications (coming soon) are typically due in January.


They typically meet the first or second Tuesday, monthly, at the Franklin County Extension Office.

Requirements: Youth must have their driver's license or temps with plan to get their license.

Other Information:

  • Teen drivers interested in leadership / community service opportunities should join CARTEENS!
  • Use your skills to teach court mandated teens with driving offenses once a month.
  • Items like gift cards and college scholarships are great incentives for CARTEENS members.

No application is required. Contact Sue Hogan for more information at hogan.239@osu.edu.

Franklin County 4-H Camp Counselors

Applications will be available in the fall. The process will also require a club advisor form regarding your club involvement along with an interview.

**There are a limited number of positions**

Due to the success of the program (camp) and the large number of applications, not everyone who completes the application process will receive a position.

Requirements: youth who are 14 years old by camp can apply. Applicants should have:

  • good attendance with their 4-H Club
  • demonstrate their attention to deadlines at the club level
  • completed a 4-H project in 2018
  • if they have attended camp, but aren't a 4-H member, they need to have contacted a club and have plans for club membership


  • to prioritize camp meetings in their schedule
  • new counselors should plan to attend 30-40 hours of training/meetings
  • returning counselors need to have a minimum of 24 hours of training/meetings
  • to fully participate in the activities at meetings and to attend Camp Counselor Workshop (weekend in April)
  • to practice camp songs, games, dances
  • be actively involved in planning one evening recreation at camp and help lead classes
  • plan to attend camp in it's entirety including set-up and clean-up (June 17-21, 2019)
  • and many more that will be shared and discussed with applicants and their parents

State Opportunities

Use this link to look over a list of additional opportunities provided by Ohio 4-H at the state level: https://ohio4h.org/sites/ohio4h/files/imce/Teen%20Table%2016-17.pdf

The deadline for Ohio Teens Leaders Council is August 10. It requires a recommendation letter, so you must act quickly if your planning to submit an application.

They meet several times a year and serve at various events around the state (often in central Ohio) and at the Ohio State Fair.

Website for Ohio Teen Leaders Council


If you are inspired, have a schedule that will allow for an awesome opportunity, and have a willingness to try something new - be sure to note the application deadline on your calendar so you can apply at the correct time!

SPECIAL NOTE: Some of these opportunities require applications and have a limited number of openings. Please don't be discouraged if space is limited and you aren't given a position. Continue to be involved in your club by taking on additional leadership roles or applying for something else - focus on Making the Best Better.

OSU Extension, Franklin

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