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As early as 1908, 4-H could trace its roots in Louisiana to the boys' corn club, which began in Avoyelles Parish with the help of the parish superintendent of education, V.L. Roy, and the dean of the College of Agriculture, Dr. W.R. Dodson. The first parishwide meeting was held in an old schoolhouse in Moreauville; more than 300 attended. By 1909, a membership of 1,129 was recorded in the boys' corn clubs of the state.

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 has three primary program initiatives: citizenship; healthy living; and science, engineering and technology. Youth learn leadership, citizenship and life skills through a variety of projects with topics such as outdoor skills, aerospace, animal science, nutrition, forestry and community service. "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.

The Louisiana 4-H Youth Development program continues to expand to meet the needs of youth, with participation exceeding 175,000.



La. 4-H History
4-H can trace its roots in Louisiana to the boys' corn club, which began in Avoyelles Parish in 1908 with the help of the parish superintendent of education, V. L. Roy, and the dean of the College of Agriculture, Dr. W.R. Dodson.
How to Join 4-H!
Contact your parish LSU AgCenter Extension office and obtain an enrollment card. Complete the enrollment card, and have your parent or guardian sign the back of the card.
What is 4-H?
"Learn by doing" is the 4-H club slogan. 4-H members don't just read about things; they do them.
Essential Elements of 4-H Youth Development
“What positive outcomes in youth, adults, and communities result from the presence of critical elements in a 4-H experience?” A group of evaluators reviewed the basic and applied research on characteristics of effective programs for youth development. From this process, eight essential elements were identified focusing on belonging, mastery, generosity and independence.
Essential Elements of 4-H Youth Development
“What positive outcomes in youth, adults, and communities result from the presence of critical elements in a 4-H experience?” A group of evaluators reviewed the basic and applied research on characteristics of effective programs for youth development. From this process, eight essential elements were identified focusing on belonging, mastery, generosity and independence.
Essential Elements of 4-H Youth Development
“What positive outcomes in youth, adults, and communities result from the presence of critical elements in a 4-H experience?” A group of evaluators reviewed the basic and applied research on characteristics of effective programs for youth development. From this process, eight essential elements were identified focusing on belonging, mastery, generosity and independence.
Map to 4-H Museum
Driving Directions to the Louisiana 4-H Museum
Driving directions to the Louisiana 4-H Museum on La. Highway 1 in Mansura, La., from various cities in Louisiana and a link to an online map.
Hall Of Fame
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Rose Mary Sullivan, Sabine Parish, inducted into Louisiana Hall of Fame 2015
Norma Roberts
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Norma Roberts, State Office, inducted into Hall of Fame 2015
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Ruby Miller, Cameron Parish, inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame in 2015
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Catherine Segura, Iberia Parish, inducted into Louisiana Hall of Fame 2015
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Adrianne Vidrine, Acadia Parish, inducted into Hall of Fame 2015
Jill Manuel
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Jill Manuel, Cameron Parish, inducted into Louisiana Hall of Fame 2015
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Calvin A. LeBouef, Vermilion parish, inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame 2015
Ruby Miller
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Ruby Miller, Cameron Parish, inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame in 2015
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Catherine Segura, Iberia Parish, inducted into Louisiana Hall of Fame 2015
Richard D. Hebert
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Richard D. Hebert, Vermilion Parish, inducted into Hall of Fame 2015
Beryl Magee Ford
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Beryl Magee Ford, Vernon Parish, inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame 2015
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Burton Cestia , Iberia Parish, inducted in the Louisiana Hall of Fame 2015
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Fran Castille, Tangipahoa Parish, inducted in Hall of Fame 2015
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