Franklin Parish 4-H

4-H'ers at the Mini Farm


4-H'ers at horse show

What is 4-H?

  • 4-H is fun.
  • 4-H is learning.
  • It’s making new friends and doing new things.
  • Sometimes it’s even going new places.
  • 4-H is a club…a really big club!
  • The 4-H club is the largest youth organization in the United States!
  • Louisiana has more than 200,000 4-H members in more than 1,700 clubs.
  • 4-H is conducted by the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service of the LSU Agricultural Center.
  • 4-H in Franklin Parish is part of a local, state, national, and international youth program.
  • Students age 9-19 are encouraged to become members.
  • Numerous parish, district, and state activities are available to members at little to no cost.

What is a 4-H Club?

A 4-H club is a group of young people in your school or in your community who want to improve their heads, hearts, hands and health. Each 4-H club has its own officers. They are supervised by Extension agents and volunteer leaders. A leader may be anyone interested in helping young people. Volunteer leaders who supervise clubs are “organizational” leaders. The Franklin Parish 4-H Program consists of ten public school clubs, a home school club, a shooting sports club and a junior leader club (for members 13 years and older).

What do 4-H members do?

“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.

What activities can you do?

4-H members choose the activities they want to do. Would you like to…

  • Visit interesting places
  • Win awards
  • Learn photography
  • Raise animals and plants
  • Prepare food
  • Use a computer
  • Make better speeches
  • Collect insects
  • Learn to sew

4-H members can choose to do these activities and many more. In  most  parishes you can do a demonstration, make exhibits, design posters and participate in animal shows. These are just a few of the ways 4-H'ers learn by doing.

What is a project?

Every 4-H member selects at least one 4-H project. “Completing a project” means doing everything the activity book suggests. The activities in project books provide you with the experience of learning by doing. Animal projects, for example, require you to have an animal. Please check with your Extension agent if you have a question about any project.

What can I do with what I learn in 4-H?

4-H is a great way to acquire life-long skills such as:

  • Self-esteem
  • Communication skills
  • Commitment to others
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Managing resources

4-H Mission

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 Motto, Colors, Slogan

4-H MOTTO: To Make the Best Better

4-H COLORS: Green and White

4-H SLOGAN: Learn By Doing

4-H Pledge


My head to clearer thinking,

My heart to greater loyalty,

My hands to larger service,

My health to better living,

For my club, my community,

my country, and my world.

4-H Creed

I believe in 4-H work for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen.

I believe in training of my HEAD for the power it will give me to think, to plan and to reason.

I believe in the training of my HEART for the nobleness it will give me to become kind, sympathetic, and true.

I believe in the training of my HANDS for the dignity it will give me to be helpful, useful and skillful.

I believe in the training of my HEALTH for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, to resist disease and to work efficiently.

I believe in my World, my Country, my State, and my Community and in my responsibility for their development.

In all these things I believe, and I am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment.

4-H Funding

Funding for the 4-H program in Franklin Parish comes from the local police jury and school board, state government through the LSU AgCenter and federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture. Private businesses, individuals and foundations also provide support through contributions.

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