OSU 4-H Outreach Leadership Institute (OLI)

What is 4-H OLI?

Please click on the links below to download application forms for volunteers and camp counselors (english and spanish forms available):

(Note: there has been a change on the application packets. Please choose from the options below according to your age. If you have any questions please let us know)

Dates of the Institutes:

November 2015: Part1 "College Preparation"
March 2016: Part II "Career Exploration
May 2016: Part III "Leadership Development"
Summer 2016: "Community Service"

English Forms:        

Volunteer Application forms

What to bring form and Map

High School Student Application forms for

Spanish forms:

  • Solicitud para voluntarios 
  • Solicitud para estudiantes de High School


An Introduction
Oregon's underserved youth significantly lag behind their peers in academic achievement. Latinos in particular have an abnormally high dropout rate.  While there are a number of reasons for the achievement gap, several contributing factors identified by the literature and the Oregon 4-H staff is that these youth have limited:

  • Understanding about the k-12 and postsecondary educational systems
  • Knowledge of future career options
  • Support to learn, prepare for and apply for college
  • Educated parents
  • Opportunities to participate in educational activities outside of school (after school programs / summer camps / conferences)
  • Resources to pay for extracurricular activities
  • Opportunities to participate in play roles in schools and community
  • Access to educators, leaders, role models, mentors, and other resources
  • Lack of role model teachers, counselors, mentors in schools from the same cultural background

Therefore, the idea of creating the Oregon 4-H Outreach Leadership Institute (OLI) was born to address these issues mentioned above. The Oregon 4-H Outreach Underserved Populations Project, seeks to resolve the issues by identifying, engaging, and motivating high school students to participate in the Oregon 4-H Outreach Leadership Institute.

Through this project, students will acquire knowledge about the postsecondary educational system; develop the skills, confidence, and courage needed to get good grades and finish high school; acquire knowledge and skills to apply for postsecondary education and scholarships; and realize the possibility to become a professional and contributing member of society. Students participating in this project will participate in hands-on educational workshops, activities, presentations, and meet college students and professional role models from different cultural backgrounds. Most importantly, they will have the opportunity to meet college students and professionals from different academic backgrounds.

One programming approach used to accomplish this project is the “Oregon 4-H Outreach Leadership Institute” through a series of four overnight-weekend events that constitutes workshops and presentations from professional educators. These series of events were tailored for high school students to develop knowledge about the postsecondary educational system and the confidence and skills to apply for college and scholarships. To develop the set of skills and the knowledge needed to advance to the next level, students will be participating in different hands-on workshops and presentations where they will:

  • Learn the benefits and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Complete a college application
  • Learn college admission requirements
  • Know that college is possible and affordable
  • Learn about choosing a major, college or university
  • Write a personal biography, college admission’s essay, and résumé
  • Learn about college and career exploration opportunities
  • Be aware of internships and summer jobs
  • Learn about current topics affecting underserved populations
  • Learn about student involvement in college (example: student organizations, fraternities/sororities, athletics)
  • Be aware about the importance and benefits of community service
  • Learn and teach games, songs, skits, and activities
  • Serve as camp counselors for the 4-H International summer camps
  • Develop leadership skills serving as camp counselors, leaders, and mentors and take leadership roles in school and their community

There is no charge for participants!!!

If you have any questions please contact us at 4h.outreach@oregonstate.edu or call us at 541-737-0925

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