(09/20/23) BATON ROUGE, La. — Every year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni celebrate the first week of October as National 4-H Week. The week recognizes the many positive youth development opportunities 4-H offers.
The focus for this year’s campaign is to rally support for Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program and identify solutions to eliminate the opportunity gap that affects 55 million kids across America.
“With so many children struggling to reach their full potential, 4-H believes that young people, in partnership with adults, can play a key role in creating a more promising and equitable future for youth, families and communities across the country,” said Toby Lepley, LSU AgCenter associate vice president and 4-H program leader. “In 4-H, we believe every child should have an equal opportunity to succeed and have the skills they need to make a difference in the world.”
The 4-H Program is a nationwide youth development program that reaches nearly six million youth annually. Administered in Louisiana by the LSU AgCenter Cooperative Extension Service, 4-H serves youth in all 64 parish offices. 4-H is managed jointly by both professional and volunteer staff.
Youth members can participate in a variety of projects in the areas of healthy living, science, engineering, technology and citizenship. Young people also can participate in camps, leadership conferences and become involved in their community through service opportunities while meeting new friends.
“Experiences in 4-H make a difference for a lifetime by allowing them to grow and appreciate the importance of being a good citizen, strong leader and person of character,” Lepley said.
Throughout National 4-H Week, 4-H clubs across the state will participate in service activities, family functions and events that promote the organization.
Louisiana’s 4-H roots date back to 1908 in Avoyelles Parish. To learn more about 4-H or join, contact your local LSU AgCenter Extension office or visit the website at https://www.lsuagcenter.com/topics/kids_teens.
Members participate in a 4-H Youth Wetlands event. Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture