Find endless opportunities at 4-H

From staff and wire reports
September 02, 2011 at 9:40 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

The 4-H Youth Development Program has been a long-lasting tradition in Louisiana with over 100 years in existence. As a program that once started as a corn club, 4-H has changed throughout the years and has grown to offer a wide variety of educational opportunities that continues to promote youth development through experiential learning.

It is an educational program of the LSU AgCenter that teaches youth to use their heads, hearts, hands and health to become productive citizens. 4-H is also the nationís largest youth organization.

Over 250,000 youth are impacted by the program in Louisiana alone each year. Although Louisiana 4-H has continued with its traditional programs, such as livestock and cookery contests, it has expanded to impact more youth by focusing on three primary program initiatives: citizenship, healthy living, and science, engineering and technology.

Students in 4th through 12th grades may join 4-H through a school or community club. Club members meet on a monthly basis to participate in educational activities and plan community service events.

Here are just a few programs offered through St. Charles Parish 4-H:

Youth Wetlands Program – This is designed to increase studentsí awareness of Louisiana wetlands. Teachers can sign up to receive free curriculum and materials that targets wetland and environmental education for youth.

Teen Leadership – Middle and high school students plan, implement and evaluate peer-led events and activities.

Camping Experiences – During the summer months, 4th – 6th graders are invited to attend 4-H Summer Camp, 7th and 8th graders attend LOST Camp, and 13- through 19-year-olds attend 4-H University. 4-H also offers camping opportunities throughout the school year.

Project Clubs – St. Charles Parish offers community project clubs open to all 4-H members. The parish currently has the 4-H Fashion Club and Performing Arts Club and plans to continue establishing community clubs, such as shooting sports, gardening, and health, in which volunteers are needed.

Volunteer Opportunities – There are over 30 project-related areas in 4-H, in which volunteers are encouraged to share their expertise and passion for helping youth.

If you would like information about the 4-H program in St. Charles Parish or would like to become a member or volunteer, contact Kali Zammit at 985-785-4473 or kzammit@agcenter.lsu.edu.




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