Eric Eskew, LaFleur, Kara D., Benedict, Linda F. | 12/5/2006 4:02:35 AM
Eric Eskew, a native of Jennings, La., joined the LSU AgCenter in November as the new executive director of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation.
A graduate of LSU with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 1999 and a master’s degree in sports administration in 2000, he had been the administrator for summer youth programs and intramural sports at the LSU University Recreation Center in Baton Rouge.
"I was working with children during the summer and college students during the school year, so working with a youth program like 4-H is not a big change for me," Eskew said.
As the son of a county agent and a former 4-H’er himself, Eskew says it is nice coming back to 4-H. "I guess you can say I was born into it," Eskew said.
4-H is the largest youth-serving organization in the world and teaches young people leadership, citizenship and life skills, Eskew said. 4-H Clubs are organized in most schools in Louisiana. Although 4-H had its beginnings in rural America, it serves young people in both rural and urban settings.
The Louisiana 4-H Foundation is a permanent endowment fund dedicated to support of 4-H programs. The funds include the John A. Cox Fund, the Louisiana Campaign for 4-H, many accounts in memory and in honor of 4-H supporters and other special interest fundraisers that support 4-H.
As the new executive director of the 4-H Foundation, Eskew has many fundraising projects to plan. The major projects include seeking funding for a 4-H Museum in Avoyelles Parish and the master plan for the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center in Grant Parish. Grant Walker is host to summer 4-H camps. The center recently acquired a neighboring camp and will be making improvements to both the old and added grounds, which includes an equestrian center.
The Louisiana 4-H Foundation also sponsors an annual golf tournament, usually in the spring, for the benefit of Louisiana 4-H programs and Grant Walker Educational Center.