2024 Louisiana 4-H Report

Toby Lepley, Boe, Esther C., Babineaux, Brittany, Bergeron, Christine, Zak, Claire, Fox, Catherine, O'Malley, Adam, Deville, Kimberly, Elnaggar, Allison, Miller, V. Todd, Zito-Hebert, Christina, Devall, Hannah, Gautreau, Brian

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2024 Louisiana 4-H Report

Four students lie in swamp waters among marsh grasses.Wetlands Snapshot

The Louisiana 4-H Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach Program engages Louisiana youth in the fight against wetland loss. A wetland-related curriculum, online learning platform, and program opportunities are provided to educators and youth.

Students conduct experiments in a classroom. Taking Flight

Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly called drones, have made their way into industries and careers that can take youth anywhere, and Louisiana 4-H has hit the runway to engage youth in the world of drone programming.

A girl reads from a book. Louisiana 4-H Livestock Ambassadors

With more than 2,000 students validating over 5,000 livestock animals annually, Louisiana 4-H set out to begin a new program to provide a high school-level, statewide leadership and education opportunity for livestock exhibitors in the program year of 2022-2023. With that goal in mind, the Louisiana 4-H Livestock Ambassador program was born.

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Igniting Sparks Through Entrepreneurship

A "Shark Tank"-style competition is for youth interested in entrepreneurship. The goal is to help students cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset by challenging them to sharpen their creativity, problem-solving and public speaking skills. Youth can compete in the Ideation division if they have an idea for a business, or the Up and Running division if they already have a business. Many of the contest alumni have turned their 4-H projects into businesses.

A man flocked by students looks at a book. Their Day in Court: Evangeline Parish 4-H’ers Participate in Citizenship Day

Through the 4-H Citizenship Project, youth learn by contributing to the world around them and being in service to others. They also learn how to solve problems in their community and how to take action in a positive way.

Health Rocks! logo.

Health Rocks in Calcasieu Parish

Health Rocks! is a national 4-H program with the goal of bringing youth, families and communities together to prevent youth from using tobacco, alcohol and drugs. The program has done just that in Calcasieu Parish middle schools.

Mini Grant Overview

Check out the mini grant opportunities that have been offered to parish 4-H Youth Development extension agents to support local programming for youth.

A teen girl looks at a slice of wood.

Camp-in-a-Box: Delivering Summer Camp to You

The Camp Grant Walker Youth Academy is a premier Louisiana 4-H program intended to provide quality field trips, off-season educational and recreational programming, and other highly engaging, educational products. With items such as the Camp-in-a-Box series, the Camp Grant Walker Youth Academy can deliver the magic of 4-H summer camp, even in the off season.

Headshot of Brittany Babineaux.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go ...

4-H taught me to say, “Yes!” to any adventure. I never imagined the same spirit that led me to new contests and projects would bring me to South Korea! As a 4-H alumna from Ascension Parish, I was active in our Junior Leader Club and served as the 2009-2010 Louisiana 4-H Executive Committee secretary/treasurer and as a Food and Fitness Board member. My 4-H highlight reels always include Camp Grant Walker, giving a speech dressed as Becky Broccoli and creating friendships that spanned the globe.

A student submerges an object in a swimming pool.

SeaPerch: A Dive into Underwater Robotics

Louisiana 4-H is making waves, quite literally, through its SeaPerch Challenge. SeaPerch introduces youth to the world of underwater robotics, exposing them to the principles of robotics, physics, engineering and oceanography. The program centers around the construction and operation of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) capable of performing a variety of tasks in underwater environments. Louisiana 4-H was provided the opportunity to request free kits for teams that want to build and compete with the ROVs through a partnership with the Louisiana STEM Advisory Council.

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Investi-gators! Learning All About the American Alligator Through 4-H

Youth in the Northeast Region got to learn all about a unique Louisiana commodity – the American alligator, during two educational workshops that focused on the biology, habitat, conservation and uses of alligators. Catherine Fox, the assistant specialist for the 4-H Youth Wetlands Program, and Ashley Powell, the 4-H coordinator for the Northeast Region, collaborated to provide the workshops to youth through the Youth Wetlands Program’s Mini Grants.

Two students sit at a table in front of monitors.

Get in the Game

In a world where technology is continuously evolving, traditional notions of competition are also changing. Louisiana 4-H embraced this shift by introducing esports as a new and exciting contest at 4-H University, allowing youth to showcase their skills, teamwork and sportsmanship in the virtual realm.

Headshot of Tay Moore. Louisiana 4-H Stalwart Named 2023 Truman Scholar

Tay Moore has been named a 2023 Truman Scholar. He is one of only 62 students selected out of 705 candidates nationwide. In 2022, he was chosen as a trustee to the Board of the National 4-H Council, another grand achievement for a self-described “country kid from Bienville Parish.”

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Southwest Region Members Wowed by Wetlands Education

Branson Melancon’s passion for the wetlands combined with his desire to teach others made for a successful Wonders of Wetlands (WOW) camp, a one-day experience held for 4-H members in the Southwest Region parishes. Melancon, an Acadia Parish 4-H member and a Louisiana 4-H Wetland Ambassador, had a vision for this camp.

Louisiana 4-H Foundation 2022-2023 Donors and Financial Report

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