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Americans are increasingly disengaged from the democratic process.


Research suggests youth programs that provide opportunities for meaningful community service result in more civic engagement.


The Louisiana 4-H Youth Development Program offers youth opportunities to express themselves, understand community issues and practice active citizenship. Through seven focus areas, youth are actively engaged to develop character. These areas include:


Citizenship initiatives are implemented through a variety of 4-H programs. Examples include:

  • Yearly State Service Focus
  • Jr. Leadership Conference
  • State Citizenship Board
  • Speech Contests
  • 4-H Day at the Capitol
  • State Performing Arts Board
  • Photography & talent contests
  • Jr. Leader clubs
  • Character Development Program
  • 4-H Day of Service
  • State Executive Board
  • Demonstration contests

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