4-H has three primary program areas: science, engineering and technology; healthy living; and citizenship.
The 4-H Citizenship project focuses on efforts to prepare youth for effective and active civic participation. We strive to develop competent and responsible citizens by providing formal instruction in government, law, community action and democracy that focuses on issues that youth view as important in their lives. These practices help youth increase their civic knowledge and interest in politics, improves critical thinking and communication skills and gives youth opportunities to apply what they learn through community service and service-learning activities.
The National 4-H Healthy Living Mandate focuses on many health-related educational issues, including: mental and emotional health, foods and nutrition, physical health and safety. Louisiana 4-H offers a variety of programs to promote healthy living among children of all ages. Healthy Living programming includes: Smart Bodies, Smart Choices, Food and Fitness Board, Food and Fitness Camp among others.
The National 4-H Science, Engineering & Technology Mandate (SET) focuses on increasing science, engineering and technology knowlege, skills and comptencies by providing opportunities for hands-on scientific learning and discovery in 4-H clubs. Although the United States is currently the world’s economic and military leader, we are at a critical juncture. We must adapt to meet the evolving economic and national security landscape of the 21st century. At the core of this challenge is our nation’s proficiency in science, engineering and technology. Too many young Americans do not have the science, engineering and technology career skills necessary to succeed—and meet our country’s needs—in the future. 4-H can focus resources and expertise through SET to improve science literacy; increase the number of American students seeking undergraduate degrees in science, technology and engineering; and increase the number of young adults pursuing careers in these fields.
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