Janet Fox  |  6/4/2009 11:12:32 PM

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 Needs Assessment        Preparation & Planning        Meaningful Service        Project Monitoring

"I hands to larger service, for my club, my community, my country and my world."

For almost 100 years, community service has been an important part of 4-H. So has hands-on learning by doing, what we now call experiential learning. When you put those two ideas together, appropriately, the result goes beyond a "feel good" experience: service activities tied closely to what youth are learning positively impact learning and genuinely help the community.

In 4-H community service-learning, young people learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences that:

  • Meet genuine community needs.
  • Are coordinated in a collaborative effort between 4-H and other individuals or groups.
  • Link an educational process supported by research-based information with the hands-on service experiences.
  • Establish opportunities for young people to apply 4-H project skills and knowledge in real-life situations in their own communities.
  • Provide structured reflection time for young people to think, talk and write about their project throughout the entire experience.
  • Promote a commitment to active citizenship where youth understand that they can make a difference.

An initiative since 2005, service-learning is an important part of the Louisiana 4-H Youth Development Program and the LSU AgCenter. In 2007, 4-H service-learning projects in 38 Louisiana parishes reached over 120,000 individuals. Over 775 youth and adults donated more than 5,700 hours worth $106,108.30. In addition, these efforts generated over $62,791.61 in support for community programs.

Parishes from all over Louisiana participate in service-learning projects each year. Read more about parish service-learning projects...

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