Cynthia Hano, Mcghee, Bertina M. | 12/5/2016 7:43:53 PM
Youth Development in Orleans Parish
The LSU and Southern University AgCenter 4-H/YES Youth Development programs in Orleans parish strive to create innovative programs that play a key role in the positive growth and development of Orleans parish youth. Through research-based, high quality, experiential education programs, individuals from diverse populations are offered opportunities to discover ambitions, reveal knowledge, cultivate skills and utilize talents. More than 400 youth have participated in positive youth development through 18 4-H/YES clubs from schools, churches, community centers and neighborhoods in Orleans parish. Collectively, more than 2,000 youth have participated in nearly 12,000 hours of enrichment instruction from AgCenter faculty and trained volunteers. Our 4-H Agents are now located in the Corpus Christi-Epiphany Resource Center on St. Bernard Avenue.
The LSU AgCenter’s research and educational outreach programs are an integral piece of Louisiana’s agricultural framework. AgMagic is designed to teach the value of agriculture to both youth and adults as a critical part to the sustainability of agriculture in the state. Forestry, crop and animal production supply countless jobs and economic opportunities for Louisiana, and both urban and rural communities benefit from the many agricultural commodities and industries that contribute to Louisiana’s economic development. In May 2016 AgMagic on the River made its third appearance in the metro area at Docville Farms in Violet, LA in St. Bernard parish. Approximately 2,571 students and over 200 teachers toured the exhibits during the week and another 125 families toured on Saturday. Twenty percent (509) students were from Orleans schools.
Nutrition and Health
The incidence of childhood and adult obesity continues to be a public health concern, not only across the country but in Orleans parish as well. The AgCenter offers nutrition education programs that serve youth and families in New Orleans to increase awareness and combat the obesity epidemic.
Through the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) program over 600 students and nearly 350 parents have learned to make healthy food choices when planning meals, selecting snacks, the importance of eating more fruits and vegetables, how to save money when shopping, and the benefits of exercise to improve health.
Through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), SNAP-Ed nutrition education program helped over 100 head start children learn about MyPlate food groups and the importance of making healthy food choices to play and grow. Nearly 200 3rd graders participated in a SNAP-Ed initiative called “Body Quest” where they learned the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, physical activity, healthy sleeping habits as it relates to dietary and activity issues, and enhance family involvement.
The LSU AgCenter addresses issues with aging population through monthly educational program on nutrition, health, physical activity, finance, safe home environment, home health care, and medical aids.
Through the LSU AgCenter’s Gerontology and SNAP-Ed programs, more than 500 senior citizens have learned the importance of good nutrition, food safety, and signs and symptoms of chronic diseases.
NOLA CHEF Camp
In the Summer of 2016 the LSU/SU AgCenter partnered with NORDC to conduct the second annual NOLA C.H.E.F. (Cooking Healthy and Enjoyable Foods) Camp. For one week, 16 students ages 9-14 from New Orleans participated in 30 hours of nutrition education, learning kitchen safety and basic cooking skills. Students engaged in activities such as learning table etiquette, gardening, healthy shopping, and preparing healthy recipes. The nutrition concepts were based on MyPlate and the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Students acquired life skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, decision making, time management, and team building. Based on pre and posttests, the average pretest score was 54% compared to an average score of 75% on the posttest.
Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR)
The LSU AgCenter addresses lawn, landscape and gardening issues for residents through our Commercial/Consumer Horticulture Program. Food production & preservation of natural resources and coastal restoration & seafood production are addressed through our AgCenter/LA SeaGrant initiative Fisheries and Coastal Restoration.
The LSU AgCenter values the efforts of the trained volunteers, especially that of the LA Master Gardeners. Over 200 MGs have been trained by LSU AgCenter representatives in the Greater New Orleans area. Of those trained, 168 are actively contributing 5,428 volunteer hours valued at $122,239. These Master Gardeners help disseminate science-based information to residents to help beautify neighborhoods and teach gardening skills to schools and community gardeners.
LSU AgCenter coordinates a Spring Garden Show in City Park.
Fisheries and Coastal Restoration
The LSU AgCenter/LA SeaGrant partnership encourages wise stewardship of our marine resources through research, education, outreach, and technology transfer. Fisheries SeaGrant Associates are charged with outreach in the area of Urban Fisheries Projects in the New Orleans metropolitan area.
Fisheries Agent Albert “Rusty” Gaude III, has served on the Board of Directors for the Crescent City Farmer’s Market for 10 years. The Crescent City Farmer’s Market contributes $11.66 million to the local economy.
Louisiana SeaGrant is part of SeaGrant’s national network of 29 university-based programs committed to addressing a broad range of marine and coastal issues through research, advisory services and education.
The LSU AgCenter/LA SeaGrant partnership activities include wetland plant propagation; shoreline stabilization and fisheries enhancement in city park lagoons; community fisheries development; urban fishery opportunity; area discussion/educational outreach; ethnic outreach; habitat restoration; wetland utilization/protection.
Local support for LSU and Southern University AgCenter is provided by the City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Botanical Gardens. Support includes office space, utilities including telephone and internet service, and 20% office support for Extension Faculty domiciled in Orleans parish.
Who we reach.
4,182 - Youth (includes 400 4-H
members & 18 school 4-H clubs)
2,827 - Adults
1,548 Ag & Natural Resources 1,279 Family Consumer Sciences
How we reach them:
4-H clubs Class series
School Enrichment Demonstrations
Field days Workshops
Newsletters Web sites
Publications Social media
Expanding our efforts:
250 Volunteers -
4-H, Master Gardeners, EFNEP, SNAP-Ed Networking & Outreach Partnerships & Collaboration and Social Marketing
LSU AgCenter faculty and specialist provide research-based information on plant, fisheries, wildlife and animal enterprises to Orleans Parish clientele. The 2015 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
—Plant enterprises - $27,631,309.
—Fisheries and wildlife - $4,723,758.
—Animal enterprises - $4,430,720.
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary
Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population - 389,617
Land area (square miles) - 169.42
Persons under 18 years old - 20.4%
Persons 65 years old and over - 12.5%
Median household income - $36,964
Persons in poverty - 27.9%
Local Issues & Plans for this year.
1. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
-Conduct workshops on vegetable gardening
-Conduct workshops on home gardening
-Conduct workshops on how to start a school garden
-Promote youth wetlands program to Orleans parish schools
2. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
-Conduct service learning projects for 4-H youth in Orleans Parish
-Encourage leadership and citizenship through 4-H activities
-Teach Character Education Program through NORDC
-Increase awareness of the impact of bullying through outreach and in school programs
-Promote career development and entrepreneurship activities through 4-H
-Promote SET curriculum through 4-H
3. Strengthen families and communities
-Help families acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for positive parenting
-Provide nutrition education based on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate through EFNEP and SNAP-Ed programs.
-Conduct healthy cooking classes for youth and adults
-Promote physical activity through all educational programs
4. Increase AgCenter visibility and outreach by updating webpage and social networking pages for:
-Orleans Parish 4-H Facebook page
-GNO gardening Facebook page
-Orleans EFNEP Facebook and Twitter accounts
-Write news column, web page content, newsletters and conduct workshops on horticultural topics
-Conduct farm and home educational visits