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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.



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 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: Stanley Lamendola]Lamendola, Stanley
4-H State Office. Year Inducted: 2010. With his positive “can do” attitude, Dr. Stanley Lamendola has been a pillar in the 4-H community since he was an eight-year club member in St. James Parish. His extension career spanned 36 years from 1960-1996.
[Image: Johnny May]May, Johnny
DeSoto Parish. Year Inducted: 2010. Johnny May’s 71 years of contributions to DeSoto Parish 4-H have been memorable and lasting. He was a 4-H member and a 4-H parent, leader and fundraiser.
LeJeune, Alice
Rapides Parish. Year Inducted: 2010. Alice LeJeune, a retired school teacher in Rapides Parish, has served as a 4-H organizational leader for seven years in five elementary 4-H clubs. She is coordinator of the Cloverbud program, which comprises 10 clubs with 150 members in grades K-3.
[Image: Dr. Katherine Beier]Beier, Dr. Katherine
Ascension Parish. Year Inducted: 2010. Dr. Katherine Beier, of Ascension Parish, was inspired to become an avid volunteer of 4-H work because of all she learned as a nine-year 4-H member. She has been extremely successful in balancing a thriving veterinary practice while sharing her time, resources and expertise helping 4-H’ers for 13 years.
[Image: Otis J. Stelly, Sr.]Stelly, Otis J. Sr.
Vermilion Parish. Year Inducted: 2010. Otis J. Stelly Sr. (deceased), affectionately known as “Big O” to many youth and adults in Vermilion Parish, served as a volunteer, leader, buyer and 4-H Foundation Board member for 25 years during 1974-1999.
[Image: Jack Dillard]Dillard, Jack
Caddo Parish. Year Inducted: 2010. For more than 50 years, Jack Dillard has been an extension agent and a 4-H parent, grandparent and volunteer as well as ambassador of the 4-H program in northwest Louisiana and East Texas.
[Image: Sharon Chatagnier]Chatagnier, Sharon
Terrebonne Parish. Year Inducted: 2010. Sharon Chatagnier has been an active volunteer at Mulberry Elementary School in Terrebonne Parish for 20 years. Her club members are noted for their fundraising efforts for the Louisiana 4-H Foundation and community service-learning projects such as the annual Veterans Day programs held at the Terrebonne Civic Center.
[Image: YWW]4-H Youth Wetlands Program: Training future leaders to save America's Treasure
The Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach Program is a statewide LSU AgCenter 4-H program sponsored by the Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration. The program is designed to heighten students’ awareness of Louisiana’s wetland loss through an organized educational program of outreach, empowerment and advocacy.
[Image: Caddo Parish 4-H'ers]Caddo Parish 4-H Members Care About Their Community
The Caddo 4-H program was really busy this year with multiple service-learning projects that included nursing home visits, preparing military care packages and holding recycling drives.
[Image: Louisiana 4-H Youth Develpment Report]Department of 4-H Youth Development Profile
This report provides information on future plans, program significance, facts, and highlights for Louisiana 4-H.
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: Map to 4-H Museum]Driving Directions to the Louisiana 4-H Museum
Driving directions to the Louisiana 4-H Museum on La. Highway 1 in Mansura, La., from various cities in Louisiana and a link to an online map.
[Image: Hall Of Fame]Sullivan, Rose Mary
Rose Mary Sullivan, Sabine Parish, inducted into Louisiana Hall of Fame 2015
[Image: Norma Roberts]Roberts, Norma
Norma Roberts, State Office, inducted into Hall of Fame 2015
[Image: Ruby Miller]Miller, Ruby
Ruby Miller, Cameron Parish, inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame in 2015
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