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About 4-H
As early as 1908, 4-H could trace its roots in Louisiana to the boys' corn club, which began in Avoyelles Parish with the help of the parish superintendent of education, V.L. Roy, and the dean of the College of Agriculture, Dr. W.R. Dodson. The first parishwide meeting was held in an old schoolhouse in Moreauville; more than 300 attended. By 1909, a membership of 1,129 was recorded in the boys' corn clubs of the state.

Through non-formal, research-based, experiential education activities, 4-H participants gain knowledge and life skills enabling them to become positive, productive, capable and compassionate members of their communities. 4-H has three primary program initiatives: citizenship; healthy living; and science, engineering and technology. Youth learn leadership, citizenship and life skills through a variety of projects with topics such as outdoor skills, aerospace, animal science, nutrition, forestry and community service. "Learn by doing" is the 4-H club slogan. 4-H members don't just read about things; they do them. They make things. They take part in club meetings. They learn interesting new things. They learn to follow, and they learn to lead. They help their neighbors and their neighborhoods through club activities.

The Louisiana 4-H Youth Development program continues to expand to meet the needs of youth, with participation exceeding 175,000.



[Image: Camper at LOST Camp]Louisiana 4-H Robotics
Louisiana 4-H is using robotics to increase youth interest in science, engineering and technology. Several opportunitities are available for youth to participate in robotic workshops through parish programs.
La. 4-H History
4-H can trace its roots in Louisiana to the boys' corn club, which began in Avoyelles Parish in 1908 with the help of the parish superintendent of education, V. L. Roy, and the dean of the College of Agriculture, Dr. W.R. Dodson.
How to Join 4-H!
Contact your parish LSU AgCenter Extension office and obtain an enrollment card. Complete the enrollment card, and have your parent or guardian to sign the back of the card.
What is 4-H?
"Learn by doing" is the 4-H club slogan. 4-H members don't just read about things; they do them.
[Image: Workforce Preparation Resources]Youth Workforce Preparation Resources
The 4-H workforce preparation initiative promotes the linkage between academic and occupational learning related to career planning, effective interview techniques, dressing for success, smart money management and business etiquette.
Vision
Provides vision and goals of the 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association.
Essential Elements of 4-H Youth Development
“What positive outcomes in youth, adults, and communities result from the presence of critical elements in a 4-H experience?” A group of evaluators reviewed the basic and applied research on characteristics of effective programs for youth development. From this process, eight essential elements were identified focusing on belonging, mastery, generosity and independence.
Essential Elements of 4-H Youth Development
“What positive outcomes in youth, adults, and communities result from the presence of critical elements in a 4-H experience?” A group of evaluators reviewed the basic and applied research on characteristics of effective programs for youth development. From this process, eight essential elements were identified focusing on belonging, mastery, generosity and independence.
Essential Elements of 4-H Youth Development
“What positive outcomes in youth, adults, and communities result from the presence of critical elements in a 4-H experience?” A group of evaluators reviewed the basic and applied research on characteristics of effective programs for youth development. From this process, eight essential elements were identified focusing on belonging, mastery, generosity and independence.
[Image: LYFE]Living Your Financial Experience
Living Your Financial Experience (LYFE) is an easy-to-use financial education solution for participants in need of resources to improve their financial well-being.
[Image: Rapides Parish 4-H Video]Rapides 4-H Members Volunteer During the Holidays
Check out this video to see what 4-H members are doing in Rapides Parish!
[Image: Pet Food Drive Flyer]Furrr-H: Helping our Furry Friends
The State 4-H Citizenship Board is promoting a statewide pet food drive with donations to local animal shelters in each parish.
[Image: Cecil McCrory]McCrory, J. Cecil
Vermilion Parish. Year Inducted: 2013. Cecil McCrory’s life exemplified the 4-H Pledge on a daily basis, and he had a true passion for working with people. Over his 30-year involvement in the program, his roles included member, parent, agent and parish chair (1955-2003). Cecil was a charter member of the Louisiana 4-H Agent Association, serving as president and treasurer. As a Vermilion Parish 4-H agent, he increased participation in the sheep, swine and teen leadership programs.
[Image: LSU puppy ]Sabine Parish 4-H Participates in the Statewide Service-Learning Project
Sabine Parish 4-H members have been collecting goodies this season to wish the homeless animals at the Sabine Parish Humane Society a “Purr-fect Christmas from Furr-H!”
[Image: Carolyn Lang]Lang, Carolyn
Winn Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. Carolyn Lang is a 4-H alumna and has served as leader of the Atlanta High School Junior 4-H Club for 18 years (1996-2014). Trademarks of her 4-H Club are community service and learning activities. She instills in youth that everyone has something to contribute to their club, community, country and world. Some of the notable projects include “I Can Pull a Tab” aluminum can pull tab collection for Winn cancer patients and the Ronald McDonald House.
[Image: Department of 4-H Youth Development.]Department of 4-H Youth Development Profile
This report provides information on future plans, program significance, facts, and highlights for Louisiana 4-H.
Wet Work Video Clip
The video allows students get a glimpse into the careers of wetland professionals who are making a difference in Louisiana’s unique habitats.
[Image: Randy Stutes]Stutes, Randy
Vermilion Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. Since 1982, Randy Stutes has volunteered in almost every aspect of the Vermilion Parish 4-H program, including project leader, 4-H Foundation and Advisory Board member, judge and chaperone. He has served as chairman of the Extension Service Leadership Advisory Council and vice president of the Acadiana District 4-H Livestock Show Board.
[Image: Judia LaCombe]Lacombe, Judia
Acadia Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. Judia Lacombe has devoted her life to the Iota 4-H program as a member (1955) and organizational and project leader for Iota Junior and Iota Senior Clubs for 40 years, Acadia 4-H Advisory Council (25 years), 4-H Foundation Board, Awards Trip and Scholarship Coordinator (24 years) and donor. She believes 4-H is a family affair and recruits parents, grandparents and caring adults to assist the 100+ members in each club.
[Image: Judia LaCombe]Lacombe, Judia
Acadia Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. Judia Lacombe has devoted her life to the Iota 4-H program as a member (1955) and organizational and project leader for Iota Junior and Iota Senior Clubs for 40 years, Acadia 4-H Advisory Council (25 years), 4-H Foundation Board, Awards Trip and Scholarship Coordinator (24 years) and donor. She believes 4-H is a family affair and recruits parents, grandparents and caring adults to assist the 100+ members in each club.
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