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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: 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.
Youth Wetlands Program Curriculum
Curriculum for Youth Wetlands Program 2015 encompasses hands-on, environmentally based lessons with a wetland focus. Program materials, including structured lesson plans, materials used to teach lessons and step-by-step procedures to activities, are provided at no cost to participating educators.
[Image: School-Home Links]School-Home Links Activities: A Compact for Reading
The purpose of the School-Home Links Reading Kit is to encourage greater family, school and community involvement in the education of children and to improve their skills and achievements in reading and other language arts.
[Image: Albert H. Steinbach]Steinbach, Albert H.
East Baton Rouge. Year Inducted 2010: Albert H.Steinbach, an East Baton Rouge Parish cattleman, served the 4-H program for more than 40 years as a volunteer, advocate, fundraiser and philanthropist.
[Image: Albert H. Steinbach]Steinbach, Albert H.
East Baton Rouge. Year Inducted 2010: Albert H.Steinbach, an East Baton Rouge Parish cattleman, served the 4-H program for more than 40 years as a volunteer, advocate, fundraiser and philanthropist.
[Image: Mansel Slaughter]Slaughter, Mansel
East Baton Rouge Parish. Year Inducted: 2009. Mansel S. Slaughter of East Baton Rouge Parish served on the East Baton Rouge Parish 4-H livestock sales committee and the LSU AgCenter’s Agribusiness Council. He served as superintendent of the parish swine show. Posthumously, he continues to give through the Mansel S. Slaughter Memorial Fund through the East Baton Rouge Parish 4-H Foundation.
[Image: Charles Severance]Severance, Charles E.
East Baton Rouge Parish. Year Inducted: 2012. Charles E. Severance was employed as a specialist by the Louisiana State University Cooperative Extension Service for 39 years to work with the 4-H and adult electric programs.
[Image: Charles Severance]Severance, Charles E.
East Baton Rouge Parish. Year Inducted: 2012. Charles E. Severance was employed as a specialist by the Louisiana State University Cooperative Extension Service for 39 years to work with the 4-H and adult electric programs.
[Image: Elsie Castille]Castille, Elsie
St. Martin Parish. Year Inducted: 2012. For more than 70 years (1940-2012), Elsie Castille has been involved in the St. Martin Parish 4-H program as a member, 4-H agent, home economist, advisory board member, 4-H Foundation president, donor and volunteer.
[Image: Elsie Castille]Castille, Elsie
St. Martin Parish. Year Inducted: 2012. For more than 70 years (1940-2012), Elsie Castille has been involved in the St. Martin Parish 4-H program as a member, 4-H agent, home economist, advisory board member, 4-H Foundation president, donor and volunteer.
[Image: Jefffrey Faulk Sr.]Faulk, Jeffrey J. Sr.
Vermilion Parish. Year Inducted: 2012. For 25 years, Jeffrey J. Faulk Sr. donated his time to drive a school bus to take 4-H’ers to Short Course, camps and out-of-state trips. As a livestock leader, he transported animals, contacted buyers and donors, and built and donated sheep pens and cattle ties.
[Image: Jefffrey Faulk Sr.]Faulk, Jeffrey J. Sr.
Vermilion Parish. Year Inducted: 2012. For 25 years, Jeffrey J. Faulk Sr. donated his time to drive a school bus to take 4-H’ers to Short Course, camps and out-of-state trips. As a livestock leader, he transported animals, contacted buyers and donors, and built and donated sheep pens and cattle ties.
[Image: C.L. Keene]Keene, C.L.
Madison Parish. Year Inducted: 2012. C. L. Keene provided leadership as a volunteer in both parish and state 4-H programs from 1976-2007. He became an active volunteer when his oldest child entered the 4-H program. As a parent volunteer and community leader, he served on the Madison Parish 4-H and Overall Advisory committees. Mr. Keene was very active in promoting volunteer leadership and advisory community support for 4-H throughout Louisiana and the Southern Region.
[Image: C.L. Keene]Keene, C.L.
Madison Parish. Year Inducted: 2012. C. L. Keene provided leadership as a volunteer in both parish and state 4-H programs from 1976-2007. He became an active volunteer when his oldest child entered the 4-H program. As a parent volunteer and community leader, he served on the Madison Parish 4-H and Overall Advisory committees. Mr. Keene was very active in promoting volunteer leadership and advisory community support for 4-H throughout Louisiana and the Southern Region.
[Image: Carolyn Bordelon]Bordelon, Carolyn
Avoyelles Parish. Year Inducted: 2012. Carolyn Bordelon, a volunteer since 1990, serves as president of the Avoyelles Parish 4-H Foundation, organizational leader at Marksville High, 4-H Advisory Board member and Avoyelles 4-H Shooting Sports coordinator. For the shooting sports program, she is archery instructor/leader and Level II state instructor for the overall program.
[Image: Carolyn Bordelon]Bordelon, Carolyn
Avoyelles Parish. Year Inducted: 2012. Carolyn Bordelon, a volunteer since 1990, serves as president of the Avoyelles Parish 4-H Foundation, organizational leader at Marksville High, 4-H Advisory Board member and Avoyelles 4-H Shooting Sports coordinator. For the shooting sports program, she is archery instructor/leader and Level II state instructor for the overall program.
[Image: Andrews--Pat]Andrews, Pat
Beauregard Parish. Year Inducted: 2012. When her oldest child became eligible for membership, Pat Andrews became a very active volunteer, assisting club officers with meeting agendas, providing transportation for parish and statewide events, and chaperoning camps, short course and awards trips. She has assisted youth with small-animal projects and served as a leader for the Junior Cattlemen’s Association.
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