What is a 4-H?
4-H is a family-oriented youth development program that promotes learning through a variety of experiences that can be done with parents' guidance and support. Parents can really become just as involved in the 4-H program as their children do.
4-H is available to all youth in St. Tammany Parish who are in the fourth through 12th grades, regardless of race, color, sex, age, handicap, religion or national origin.
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 85,000 4-H members in more than 1,700 clubs. 4-H is conducted by the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service of the LSU AgCenter.
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.
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 at their schools. 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 is a Project?
Every 4-H member selects at least one 4-H project. “Completing a project” means doing everything the activity book tells you to do. The activities in the project books provide members with the experience of “learning by doing.” Animal projects, for example, require that you have the animal.
What can I do with what I learn in 4-H?
4-H is a great way to acquire lifelong skills such as:
My Head to clearer thinking,
My Heart to greater loyalty,
My Hands to larger service, and
My Health to better living,
For my club, my community, my country and my world.
Through non-formal, research-based, experiential educational activities, 4-H participants gain knowledge and life skills enabling them to become positive, productive, capable and compassionate members of their communities.
The following agents are responsible for the 4-H program in St. Tammany Parish. If you have questions, please send an e-mail to contact them.
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