East Feliciana 4-H Staff:
Leanna Cupit, 4-H Agent 4419 Idlewild Rd., Clinton, LA 70722, 225-683-3101. What is 4-H?
4-H is a club for boys and girls that reaches a diverse group of youth, their parents/guardians, and siblings. Through nonformal, research-based, experiential learning activities, participants gain knowledge and life skills to become productive, capable and compassionate members of their communities.
The 4-H Youth Development Program has three areas of program focus: 1) Citizenship; 2) Healthy Living; and 3) Science, Engineering, and Technology. Members enroll in a project(s) of interest under one of the three areas, usually in September. Parents/guardians, with the help of adult and teen member volunteers, help members complete their projects. Members also have the opportunity to join "general meeting" clubs (normally in the schools or after school in a particular place), special interest clubs, and project clubs and participate in contests and activities conducted after school or on the weekends. How to Join 4-H
Boys and girls ages nine to 19 (as of January of the current year) and in the 12th grade or lower are eligible to join 4-H. To join, youth complete a 4-H Enrollment Card and pay their annual dues. Enrollment cards are available at all public schools and Silliman Institute in September. Enrollment can be made year round at the parish 4-H office in Clinton. 4-H in East Feliciana
East Feliciana Parish has active 4-H clubs at each public school and Silliman Institute. Enrollment is open to all students who reside in East Feliciana Parish or attend school in East Feliciana Parish. School 4-H clubs meet during school hours once a month. The East Feliciana Community 4-H Club is open to students who are home schooled or attend private schools (other than Silliman Institute), and reside in East Feliciana Parish. Club meetings are held once a month September to April. Lesson plans guide the 4-H agent, youth professionals and volunteers in presentations during club meetings. Club members have the opportunity to elect officers, form committees, conduct business, and plan and conduct "their own" presentations. Contact the 4-H office at 225-683-3101 for current meeting times and dates.
Youth who are not able to participate in monthly-meeting clubs can join as Members-at-Large and still receive the same benefits and opportunities as "club meeting" members.
Special-interest clubs meet during the school year after school or on weekends. 4-H groups include a junior leader oriented club for teens in the 8th-12th grades. Parish youth who will be enrolling in the Junior Leader Club, Shooting Sports, Horses, and other specific project areas are always looking for men and women to volunteer their time as leaders and instructors.
Adult and teen member volunteers are some of the 4-H program's greatest assets. With the help of these selfless individuals, more youth can be reached. Adult volunteers serve in a variety of roles including: General 4-H Club Leader, Special Interest or Project Club Leader, Activity Leader (in contests, workshops, trips), Overnight Chaperone (4th-6th Grade Summer Camp and State Contests) as well as other overnight activities, Parish Advisory Committee Member, and Parish Foundation Member. Teen 4-H members can serve as Special Interest or Project Club Leaders, Activity Leaders (in contests, workshops, and trips), Counselors at Summer 4-H Camp for grade 4-6 or as members of the Parish Advisory Committee. Interested adults and teens are encouraged to contact the 4-H office at 225-683-3101 for more information.