4-H is a FUN and exciting youth organization that offers hands-on learning or experiential learning as the foundation of the program. This occurs through project work, method demonstrations, contests, workshops, junior leader club activities, camps and service activities or service learning.
Membership is open to all children in Acadia Parish who are 9 years of age before January 1 of the current year and not passed their 20th birthday on January 1. The program is open to all people regardless of race, color, gender, age, handicap, religion or national origin. A monthly club meeting is held at approximately thirty (30) schools in the parish. The 4-H agents conduct monthly series educational programs in public, private and community clubs. Club members elect officers (president, vice president, secretary, reporter, treasurer and Community Service Chairman) who, with the volunteer leaders’ assistance, plan educational activities, service projects or service-learning and conduct club meetings each month. Parents may contact their child’s school 4-H club leader to assist in various roles and capacities. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to assist our school teachers in their role as 4-H leader.
4-H agents in our parish develop and execute educational programs and activities that provide youth the opportunity to develop such life skills as self-esteem, community and citizen responsibility, decision making, organization and social interaction. These characteristics allow youth the self-confidence and communications skills to achieve the 4-H Mission. Our mission is 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.
Annual enrollment begins in September through October of each school year. Members complete an enrollment card by selecting at least one project and pay their annual membership dues. A variety of parish events that consist of contests and activities are conducted throughout the program year September through August. These contests are open to only 4-H members. Project books are given out to each member in either October or November of each year. They provide a variety of activities in a specific area for the member to work on at home or with fellow members in the same area. We advise parents to lead by example in the areas of support through motivation; encouragement and guidance.
The following agents are responsible for the 4-H program in Acadia Parish, Kayla Haydel Segura and Megan Smith Sarver.
Parents may contact their child’s school 4-H club leader at the school to assist in various capacities. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to assist our school teachers in their role as 4-H leader. The more volunteers that support and assist a club, the more individual time and attention that can be spent in shaping the lives of the youth.
For more information on the Acadia Parish 4-H club program, please contact the Acadia LSU AgCenter at (337) 788-8821.