Personal Development

In an effort to develop the ‘whole child,’ life skill development is a major priority for Louisiana 4-H. By participating in various 4-H experiences, youth will develop transferable and critical life and career skills. The “Picture Perfect YOUth” curriculum from Oklahoma State University offers an amazing opportunity for 4-H Members to learn more about goal-setting, record-keeping, decision-making, communication, teamwork, leadership and service to others. Contact your local 4-H Extension Agent(s) to access this resource.

Oklahoma State University curriculum.

Career Readiness

Louisiana 4-H is committed to cultivating well-rounded youth with 21st century careers skills through various 4-H educational programs, contest and experiences. The Thriving in the Jungle Program is a career preparation lesson series that was created for high school students to help prepare them to enter the workforce.

Learning Lab Lessons

Financial Education

The Louisiana 4-H Living Your Financial Experience Program is a research-based experiential learning program that is designed to support Louisiana schools in efforts to provide financial education for students across the state. Throughout the experience, students will delve into the economics of consumer decision–making, practice strategies to achieve financial independence and sharpen their life skills in the process. The program challenges students to identify needs versus wants, set goals, practice budgeting and navigate LYFE- sized challenges. It also provides opportunities to engage local community members and industry partners in the learning process.


In a world of doers, makers, movers and shakers, Louisiana 4-H is developing a new generation of crafters, builders, bakers and tailors…

The Annual 4-H University Tiger Tank Entrepreneurship Challenge offers 4-H Members an opportunity to apply their strengths, talents and abilities to design innovative business ventures. The Tiger Tank Entrepreneurship Challenge is an opportunity for youth to create a product or service-based business. In some cases, contestants may already have a business that’s up and running, and in other cases, they may have a business idea that they want to design and explore. Both types of entries are acceptable.

During the process of designing their businesses, students will sharpen their time management skills, financial management skills, communication skills, problem-solving abilities, critical thinking skills, perseverance and confidence. The goal of the contest is to inspire students to think outside of the box and pursue their goals through experience.

Contact your local 4-H Extension Agent for additional entrepreneurship educational resources and opportunities, such as Lemonade Day Louisiana and the Youth Entrepreneurship Institute.

STEM Career Exploration

Roller coasters, chemical reactions, DNA deep dives, biofuel generation and pollination- oh my! In order to meet workforce demands, the Louisiana Department of Education, the Louisiana Board of Regents, the LaSTEM Council and the Governor’s office have teamed up to ensure Louisiana’s students have exposure to STEM courses and credentials starting in elementary school and continued through college. Louisiana 4-H is supporting this initiative with its STEM Career Exploration lesson series, which includes seven interactive lessons.

Each lesson correlates with Louisiana science standards and includes a career exploration section. The career exploration section features potential education pathways, salary/wage information and job examples that are related to each lesson topic. The lessons feature the following topics: biofuel and alternative energy sources, roller coaster engineering, food science, pollination, DNA exploration and chemical reactions.

Learning Lab Lessons

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture