LaSalle Parish Profile 2017-18

E. Lavone Boyd  |  12/11/2017 8:50:34 PM

Program Highlights

4-H Youth Development

“Learn by Doing” is the premise of the LaSalle Parish 4-H Program.

In LaSalle Parish, 4-H is a vital part of the educational process with active clubs in all parish public and private schools, reaching 310 youth in fourth through 12th grade. The parish is concentrating on initiatives that include Workforce Preparation, Character Education, Leadership, and Community Service-Learning based on Mission Mandates: Science, Engineering and Technology.

The LaSalle Parish 4-H Outdoor Skills - Shooting Sports Club is a youth educational program conducted by the LSU AgCenter and volunteer instructors and parents of 78 youth that participate. The Shooting Sports
Program's objects are to teach youth about firearms, firearm safety, hunting safety, marksmanship, hunting ethics and responsibility and other outdoor related skills. LaSalle parish currently has 15 volunteers that foster a caring positive experience with firearms for the youth in a safe environment, which will be a continuation of a lifetime of enjoyment.
The LaSalle Parish Junior Leadership Club is a priority for the parish. The parish-wide club offers youth in Jr. and Sr. High the opportunity for greater participation in the 4-H program. This year the club has grown to 31 members; the club focus is service learning and civic impact.

The 4-H Youth Wetlands Education & Outreach Program is an enrichment program implemented by volunteers within LaSalle Parish. Designed to heighten students’ awareness of Louisiana’s wetland loss throughout the academic year. Currently 383 youth are enrolled in the program with 12 teacher volunteers.

Family, Nutrition & Health
SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) is our nutrition intervention program. The program is designed to assist primarily SNAP eligible recipients make wise food choices that are healthy and safe. The program also helps families select and prepare meals consistent with their cultural traditions, while improving their overall health. Participants in SNAP-Ed learn valuable information through food taste-testing, parenting and childcare education and nutritional education. As a result, many residents of LaSalle Parish have reported an improvement in their quality of life.

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 general horticulture (gardens, ornamentals, and turf) are of great interest to all. In order to help producers and public alike, the LSU AgCenter presents the latest researched-based recommendations through home visits, publication correspondence, mass media, and social media.

Community Rural Development (CRD)
LaSalle Economic Development District, LSU AgCenter and the Live Lively LaSalle! Alliance (a 15+ partner coalition) have received external funding of $1.6 million dollars to implement the healthy lifestyles initiatives including Live Lively LaSalle! and Healthy Places LaSalle! Funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation and The Rapides Foundation, LaSalle Parish has gained 2.5 miles of walking trails, playground equipment, outdoor fitness equipment, park lighting, a splash park, outdoor basketball court, restrooms and security systems in public parks all around the parish. Farmers’ markets were built in Olla and Tullos. Additional park improvements have been made throughout the parish making physical active more accessible.

Who we reach

1,128 Youth
Includes:

310—4-H Members
383—Youth Wetlands
435 Family & Health

3,500 Adults
Includes:

Ag & Natural Resources
Family, Nutrition, & Health


How we reach them:

4-H clubs, Class series, School Enrichment, Demonstrations, Workshops, Farm/home/office visits, Newsletters, Websites, Publications, Social media.

Expanding our efforts:
95– Adult & Youth Volunteers
4-H, Jr. Leadership, Master Gardeners, Family & Community, Nutrition & Health

Parish Facts
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to LaSalle Parish clientele. The 2016 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

—Plant enterprises - $45,090,803

—Aquaculture and wildlife - $4,200,659

—Animal enterprises - $3,546,862

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary
Website: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary

Population - 15,052
Land area (square miles) - 624.68
Persons under 18 years old - 22.8%
Persons 65 years old and over - 16.3%
Median household income - $53,889
Persons below poverty - 19.3%

Local Issues & Plans for this year

1. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development

  • Provide opportunities for youth voice and ownership programs.
  • 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.

2. 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.

3. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture

  • Use regular mail, e-mail distribution, web page, social media, home/farm visits, 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

  • Apply a holistic approach towards best management practices through researched based recommendations.
  • Recruit schools to participate in the youth wetlands week.
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