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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

October 7, 2020 - 1:38pm --

While the global pandemic has changed the way we work and live, Hamilton County 4-H Youth Development is moving forward with five projects to improve the program and involve more youth!

1.) Organizational Self Assessment

Working with the 4-H Advisory Committee a survey will be sent out in the 4-H Community in late October to begin our organizational self assessment. This will guide our process as we continue to develop a strategic plan for Hamilton County 4-H Youth Development.

2.) New Area Leader

Pat Holmes has returned full time to her role as the FCS Educator in Montgomery County. She has served as the Interim Area Leader for Hamilton and Butler Counties since January. Nate Arnett, 4-H Educator with Adventure Central has agreed to take over and began his role this week. He is an asset to 4-H so we are looking forward to working more closely with him.

3.) Office Hours

Tony Staubach will be in the office on Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30. Should you need to pick up items or schedule a meeting please reach out directly by emailing While the office hours are static, additional hours can be scheduled by appointment.

4.) 4-H Online 2.0 Enrollment Season

Enrollment seasons for 4-H will begin on November 1, 2020 with the release of the new 4-H Online 2.0 Database. The goal is to fully integreat the digital registration into our 4-H clubs in 2020. The new system is mobile friendly and improves on the previous design.

5.) In Person Programming

Hamilton County has moved back into a Level 3 (Red) emergency. As such any in person 4-H programming by the Extension Educator is suspended. There were no pending programs. In person club meetings can continue but, must follow the strict guidelines found here:

6.) Tony Staubach In-Person Exemption

Tony Staubach, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development has recieved an exemption to do site assessments with schools to identify outdoor and experiential learning opportunities. This could be for a school garden but will also incorporate equity and diversity into the conversation about engaging youth outdoors and establishing outdoor learning labs and classrooms. This work is done in partnership with Green Umbrella and Cincinnati Public Schools.

7.) Cincinnati Buckeye Run

As an aggregate participants traveled the distance between the OSU Extension, Hamilton County office and the State 4-H office. In total $500 were raised by the virtual event.

8.) Let's Start Cooking

Fifteen youth are participating the collaborate SPIN club with Greene and Butler Counties. This week Tony Staubach will release a video on making veggie pizza for his part in the course.

9.) Conflict Resolution SPIN Club

Looking to learn about conflict resolution and peaceful progress? Watch out for more info to be released at the end of October for our Conflict Resolution SPIN club. A perfect club for those interesting in peaceful progress and cooperation.