By Jacque Fontenot
For more than 114 years, the 4-H Program of Louisiana has been engaging youth in
activities that help develop skills for a lifetime. These skills range from communication to
community service and from goal setting to leadership. Regardless of the skill learned, the
benefits gathered from a young person participating in the 4-H Program is priceless.
The 4-H Program is a nationwide youth development program that has nearly 6 million
youth involved in it annually. Administered in Louisiana by the LSU AgCenter Cooperative
Extension Service, 4-H serves youth in all parishes in the state through a network of 64
Parish Extension Offices. 4-H is managed jointly by both a professional and volunteer staff.
Louisiana 4-H has more than 235,000 youth participants and more than 9000 volunteers
working together to deliver the projects, opportunities, and events offered annually
through the program.
4-H is unique in that it offers experiences to the most urban young person and youth in
rural areas by providing the opportunity to participate in 4-H clubs, school enrichment
opportunities, project clubs, day and overnight camps, and other special interest
Youth members can participate in a variety of projects in the areas of healthy living,
science, engineering, and technology, and citizenship. Beyond the excitement of learning
something new through a project, youth have the opportunity to participate in leadership
conferences, travel the world, become involved in their community through service, and
meet new friends in a safe and comfortable setting. A young person’s experiences in 4-H
makes a difference for a lifetime by allowing them to grow and appreciate the importance
of being a good citizen, a strong leader, and a person of character.
If you would like to learn more about 4-H, or have a family member wanting to join 4-H,
contact the 4-H Agent, Jacque Fontenot, at the Red River Parish 4-H office, 932-4342.
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