Linda Uzzle, Lynch, Carol | 1/20/2017 10:13:51 PM
Family, Nutrition and Health
Obesity rates continue to rise and Louisiana ranks as the most obese state in the nation. Teaching youth to learn the importance of eating healthy and taking care of their bodies should help them be less likely to experience the consequences associated with obesity later in life. For this to happen the “Let’s Eat for the Health of it/Youth” curriculum was taught to fifth graders in Castor, Gibsland-Coleman, Ringgold, and Saline through the Bienville Parish School Board.
The Jurors and Schools Empowering Teens summer youth enrichment program has employed youth 16 to 18 years old at various businesses during their summer break. This year the Bienville Parish School Board joined in to equally support the funding of the program up to $50,000. JET is a one-month work study program funded by the police jury and school board and conducted by the Bienville Parish LSU AgCenter Agents. This program not only provides a valuable first employment experience, but also focuses on the development of financial management skills, character education, and workforce preparedness. The objective for this program is to promote long-term goals regarding careers, workforce preparedness, financial management, and decision-making that will support enduring financial stability.
4-H Youth Development
In response to needs identified by the Advisory Leadership Council in four parishes, a series of lessons on communication were developed and presented at monthly club meetings during the 2015-2016 school year. Lesson topics included: ways to communicate, conflict resolution, telephone/text etiquette, thank you notes, public speaking, social media and digital foot prints. Youth indicated the following topics were the most important when building communication skills: technology safety, thank you cards and public speaking. The lesson on thank you cards was utilized in December, and youth were challenged to write numerous thank you cards over the holiday break. After a survey at January club meetings, youth reported writing 1,236 thank you cards between December and January club meetings.
Service Learning Projects were conducted with two different groups. Group 1 was with Ringgold High School 4-H Club for a FIT Nation. Through this project, youth conducted service for the local food pantry and assisted families in the community who might not meet the income qualifications but had an immediate need due to extenuating circumstances. The food drive gave youth the opportunity to connect with younger students in their school, use math skills, and have community involvement. Group 2 was with the Junior Leader Club on Domestic Abuse Resistance. Youth chose to provide service to our local DART organization and ended up sponsoring two DART families with gifts for children and mothers.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
The agricultural agent conducted pesticide recertification and worker protection standard meetings for producers and homeowners. The shooting sports programs had increased participation and some of the students have placed in 4-H state competitions. Our office has continued to work with local homeowners and businesses to address horticultural and lawn issues. You can download the full Parish Profile here. ----------------------------------------------->