“4-H is a community of young people across the country who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.”
Plaquemines Parish 4-H is designed for youngsters ages nine through 19 and is based on the principle of “learning by doing.” 4-H enables young people to learn technical facts and life skills important for success in school and in everyday activities. There are more than 500 members in 13 organizational clubs and one Junior Leader club in Plaquemines Parish.
Current educational programs include:
- Character Counts! Parish youngsters participate in the Character Counts! program of the Josephson Institute. They learn about the six pillars of character and how they can become youth with character. Teens are trained to conduct the character lessons in the schools.
- Aquaculture Education: 4-H youth receive instruction on fishing techniques and boating safety at the Buras Boat Harbor. The Coast Guard and sheriff’s departments assist 4-H agents in presenting the program.
- Environmental Program: 4-H youth participate in environmental educational programs. The monthly club meetings focus on environmental issues of Plaquemines Parish. An Environmental Camp will be held in March. Junior Leaders will participate in the Wild Woods program in the summer of 2009.
- Nutrition and Cookery Program: 4-H youth receive education about nutrition and food safety and participate in the parish cookery contest. The overall cookery winners will participate in cookery awards trips to Woodland’s Plantation and Emeril’s Restaurant.
- Science Enrichment: 4-H youth participate in science activities from the Sci-tivities curriculum.
- Junior Leader Program: 4-H teens 13 and older can join the Plaquemines Parish 4-H Junior Leader Club. Junior leaders assist 4-H agents in presenting programs to the elementary members, lead sessions at leadership trainings, participate in the Step Up to Leadership program and participate in service learning projects. Junior leader meetings are held monthly in Belle Chasse at the 4-H office.
- Horse Project: 4-H members participate in the 4-H Horse Project. The horse shows take place during the summer. Horse clinics are presented to all members of the horse project.
- Gardening Project: 4-H members participate in the 4-H garden project. Students plant and cultivate their own vegetable garden.
- LSU 4-H University: 4-H teens participate in 4-H University. Students stay on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge while attending educational sessions and competing in project areas.
- 4-H Camp: 4-H fourth- through sixth-grade members participate in this fun-filled camp held at the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center in Pollock, La. During the week of camp, 4-H'ers participate in a variety of activities including archery, canoeing, swimming, etc. 4-H junior leaders serve as camp counselors.
- Community Service Projects: 4-H CAN Fight Hunger, 4-H Literacy Campaign, local food drives, local clothing drives, nursing home visits, Operation Military Kids, donations for the Women’s Outreach Center and Care packages for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Summer Sewing Clinics: 4-H staff and volunteers will teach beginning sewing skills to 4-H'ers in summer camps in the parish.
- Youth Wetlands Week: 2,000 youth receive instruction and participate in hands-on learning activities that teach wetlands education. The curriculum is given to all science teachers in grades four through nine and is supplied by America's Wetlands and the LSU AgCenter. Plaquemines Parish 4-H has been involved in the Project Rebuild Plaquemines Project. The Crescent City river Pilot's Association, Woodland's Trail & Park and Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries works with 4-H youth to prevent coastal erosion and replant trees in our forest wetlands. Conoco-Phillips Alliance Refinery has donated funding to build two greenhouses at Belle Chasse Middle and Belle Chasse Primary. Belle Chasse Academy will also get a greenhouse & Coastal Roots. 4-H members, volunteers and parish community leaders will participate in this project. 4-H youth will grow the vegetation that will be used in this restoration effort.