LaSalle Parish Profile 2015

Kimberly A. Evans  |  10/28/2013 11:31:43 PM

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Program Highlights

4-H Youth Development
LaSalle Parish has 890 youth enrolled in 15 4-H Clubs, including the Cloverbuds program for younger children. The LaSalle Parish 4-H Advisory Leadership Council chose Conflict Management/Decision Making and Health and Fitness as top priorities for the year. A variety of programs were conducted at 4-H meetings. Two of the lessons followed the newly developed Activity Guide: Making Cents and Health and Fitness. 4-H members were encouraged to complete the activity guides as part of their record books. The final lesson on Reduce, Reuse and Recycle focused on environmental issues. This reflected back to the Litter Free LaSalle campaign and ways to reduce trash. Club members were made aware of the time it takes for some materials to decompose. The parish Shooting Sports program has grown each year. This year 117 LaSalle youth participated in Shooting Sports.

Family, Nutrition & Health
Health and Fitness are of concern locally, as well as nationally. A 4-H Food and Fitness club was formed in 2013 and has continued to expand each year. Funds were received from the Louisiana Fit4tHeFuture Grant through the National 4-H Council Walmart Foundation Grant. Youth took part in several workshops and activities.Smart Bodies, a state physical fitness promotion project, was conducted at one parish school. Three hundred fifty students took a trip through the Body Walk. Nutrition education is provided through the parish SNAP Ed program, WIC participants and numerous other groups.

Agriculture & Natural Resources
LaSalle Parish has a varied group of agriculture producers. These include those with small acreages of row crops, part-time beef producers and home gardeners. Safe and proper uses of pesticides and fertilizers, as well as variety selection and use are of great interest to all. Residents utilize the soil testing services that are available through the local office. Recommendations are given for fertilization of home grounds and gardens.

Community Rural Development (CRD)
Live Lively LaSalle!, a $2 million project funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana and local partners, has provided park infrastructure including 2.5 miles of walking trails, playground and outdoor fitness equipment, splash park, outdoor basketball court and two farmers’ markets. Nutrition education, healthier menu items at local restaurants and fitness center scholarships to individuals with health risks are also included. Lead LaSalle, a 12-hour leadership development series, is designed to increase interpersonal communication and leadership skills. Graduates will become more engaged in community decision making and are eligible to participate in Lead LaSalle 2 classes.

Programs

4-H, Youth Development
Healthy Living
Citizenship/Leadership
Science, Engineering & Technology

Family Development
Healthy Living
Nutrition & Health
SNAP Ed

Agriculture & Natural Resources
Horticulture/Lawn & Gardens
Pest Management
Beef Cattle

Community Rural Development
Leadership Development
Building Collaborations

Who we reach

  • 1,500 Youth (includes 890-4-H members enrolled in 15 school 4-H clubs)
  • 1,100 Adults
  • 300 Ag & Natural Resources
  • 800 Family, Nutrition & Health

How we reach them

  • 4-H Clubs
  • Class series
  • School Enrichment Demonstrations
  • Workshops Social media
  • Newsletters Web sites
  • Publications Newspaper
  • Partnerships Radio
  • Farm/home/office visits

Expanding our efforts

Volunteers - 90
4-H, Master Gardeners, Nutrition & Health


Local Issues & Plans for this year

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development

  • Provide education and conduct activities to
    encourage safety among youth and adults.
  • Encourage pride in the community and develop
    leadership skills among youth.
  • Encourage healthy living for all youth.
  • Recruit and train adult and junior leaders.

Strengthen families and communities

  • Conduct nutrition education programs for families and youth.
  • Encourage 4-H members and other youth to develop healthy habits related to diet and exercise.
  • Promote character education among families and groups.

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana

Agriculture

  • Use regular mail, e-mail distribution, web page, newsletters, and news columns
    to disseminate timely information and publications.
  • Quarterly distribution of Horticulture Hints.
  • Provide research-based information on home grounds and gardens.

4. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment

  • Teach youth the importance of recycling materials and reducing waste.
  • Recruit schools to participate in the youth wetlands week.

 

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