West Baton Rouge 4-H Serves Our Lady of the Lake Hospital

Janet Fox  |  10/9/2009 8:38:40 PM

West Baton Rouge 4-H'ers participated in the Our Lady of the Lake Hospital service-learning project. The goals were to go to the Children's Hospital and give Jr. Leaders a chance to work with the children there by bringing activities for children in the Child Life room to participate in.

Jr. Leaders involved in this project will gain organization, leadership and communication skills. These skills will be developed through planning activities to bring, and leading and implementing these activities at the hospital. Youth will develop their communication skills through their interaction in with the children at the hospital in the Child Life room and through in room visits. Youth will also learn the importance of HiPAA Rules and compliance.

The volunteers talked with the staff at OLOL to start the planning process. Junior Leaders then chose which activities they wanted to bring to the hospital and set up a call list of names of all Jr. Leaders who were interested in participating. Members then called each other to ensure that there was help for the activity and ensure that members remembered they were signed up to help. Members brought craft activities to the hospital to help hospitalized children and their families have a fun activity to do. These projects were completed in the Child Life room and also at bedsides of children who were healthy enough for a visit. Members also helped clean the Child Life room when there were not enough youth healthy enough to visit.

Members discussed their experiences and what they learned at the end of each visit. The project lasted 8 hours and served 10 people. 
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