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2023 Louisiana 4-H Annual Report
Louisiana 4-H has a long, rich history spanning more than a century. As we move into the future, Louisiana 4-H is committed to being intentional about highlighting our youth and ensuring they are prepared to thrive. Through their experiences and the people they encounter in 4-H, youth can start to find their spark.
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Marsh Maneuvers returns after two years away
After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and hurricanes, Marsh Maneuvers, a coastal education summer camp program, returned in July for its 33rd session.
Camp Grant Walker Centennial: 100 years, a million memories
In 2022, Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center marked its 100th anniversary of providing educational and recreational opportunities for the youth of Louisiana.
The energy was palpable at the Alexandria Evacuation Megashelter on April 19 for the inaugural Louisiana 4-H Food Challenge. Thirty-nine teams from 17 parishes traveled from around the state to showcase their cooking skills and prove themselves champions.
4-H highlights outstanding alumni and their adventures and careers.
Traditional Project, Extraordinary Outcome
Ty Hebert, 4-H alumni from Vermilion Parish in 2022, is truly an example of how a traditional 4-H project can have an extraordinary outcome. From being an infant toted along to his sisters’ livestock shows to planning a college career majoring in agricultural economics, agriculture has always been a part of his life.
Youth leadership pioneer inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame
Described as a visionary by colleagues, Saralene Seals was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in an October ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Club Innovation: Kids Can Run 4-H Club
While Louisiana has one of the highest childhood obesity rates in the nation at 19.1%, encouraging regular physical activity can help reduce their chances of joining those ranks. Furthermore, many children that want to participate in school sports do not qualify for the team due to roster limitations. By creating project clubs for sports and collaborating with school districts, more youth can learn a sport they are passionate about.
Brodeo: Parents honor son by launching new event
Roping steers, cattle drives and saddle breaking horses might sound like something you’d see in a western movie but in Calcasieu and surrounding parishes it is a way of life. Attending rodeos and showing livestock are deeply rooted in the community with generations of families participating. As part of their appreciation for this way of life and to honor the memory of their son, Jimmy and JoAnn Meaux have started an inclusive rodeo experience as well as a memorial scholarship.
Louisiana Resilience: Bringing Mental Health Awareness and Training to Ouachita Parish
In September 2021, the LSU AgCenter was awarded $622,271 for the mental health awareness training grant, Louisiana Resilience: Bringing Mental Health Awareness and Training to Ouachita Parish. This five-year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant was written to provide training to school and community-based youth service professionals to strengthen access to mental health resources, specifically in Ouachita Parish.
Feeding Our Future: Junior Ag Leadership Program Helps Youth Envision Careers
With an ever-expanding world population that could increase by as much as 2 billion people over the next 30 years according to United Nations’ estimates, finding agricultural solutions to grow our food supply is of vital importance.
JET Setters: Empowering teens through career readiness
Teens have the opportunity to cultivate their personal brand and develop real world job experience through the Jurors Empowering Teens (JET) program in Bienville Parish. For four weeks each summer, teens aged 16 to 18 are paired with public organizations and private businesses to prepare for their future careers.
Legacy of 4-H Livestock projects
The Huval family has exhibited livestock in the St. Martin Parish 4-H program for the past 46 consecutive years. As the family welcomes their first year with an empty barn, they reflect upon past projects.
4-H Camp Through the Generations
For many families, attending 4-H summer camp is a family tradition. That includes the Hambrices. The St. Bernard Parish family has attended 4-H camp for multiple generations.
Friends Honoring Friends in the Field of Animal Science
The Louisiana 4-H Foundation recently established a scholarship for graduating high school seniors in honor of Robert and Debbie Joyner, who have been key supporters of 4-H livestock programs. The Robert and Debbie Joyner Scholarship Fund was created with a donation from Phil Elzer, director of the LSU AgCenter School of Animal Sciences, and his wife Julie.