4-H is the largest youth organization in the United States!
At the federal level, 4-H is organized as a part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Our parent department in the USDA is the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
4-H in Louisiana is administered by the LSU AgCenter and its Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. The LSU AgCenter is part of the Louisiana State University (LSU) System.
4-H’ers learn and develop skills that are crucial for success in life such as self-confidence, compassion, how to make valuable connections with adults, and skills and opportunities to further their communities.
Youth gain life skills such as:
4-H offers opportunities for youth to grow and learn more about themselves and the world around them hosting camps and conferences within the parish, as well as, across the state and country. Youth can receive awards, honors, and scholarshipsin recognition for the hard work and excelling. Lastly, 4-H offers endless opportunities to travel and compete. Members can participate in a Louisiana 4-H-sponsored trip like the summer educational trip, Orlando Leadership Institute, 4-H Congress, and Citizenship Washington Focus.
Acadia Parish 4-H will be using the 4H Online Enrollment System. 4H Online is an online member enrollment and program management software used by 4-H programs across the country. 4HOnline is fully encrypted; member and volunteer information is safe, backed up continuously, and fully secured.
This system allows families to manage all of their contacts in one place. A step-by-step guide on how to enroll can be located at the bottom of the page.
Here are a few things to note while joining as a 4-H member.
4HOnline is a fully integrated management system that brings together all levels of the 4-H experience. Whether it's a member logging in to manage his/her record, a volunteer leader completing their training or screening requirements, or a parent viewing the 4-H program's online event calendar, 4HOnline will bring the Louisiana 4-H community together and keep everyone involved.
The Acadia Parish 4-H program offers youth from all backgrounds and interests the opportunity to join 4-H as a 4-H Club member or member at large. 4-H offers membership without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, or disability. For questions, contact the Acadia Parish Extension Office at 337-788-8821.
Acadia Parish offers a variety of ways for youth to be involved in the program.
Clubs are organized groups of 4-H members led by trained adults that have planned programming and usually meet throughout the year. Clubs are offered in school and community settings
Camping provides creative, recreational, and educational opportunities in outdoor living situations away from home. Camping exposes youth to new interests, requires heightened responsibility, develops social interactions, encourages citizenship, and provides fun activities which enrich ongoing 4-H club programs. Open to 4-H Club members and non-4-H club members
School enrichment is short-term programming that occurs during school hours and utilizes non-formal education in support of the school curriculum.
Special Interest Programs are short-term experiences that enhance the participant’s knowledge and skill in a single subject matter area, and encourages expanded involvement in 4-H.
Each club assesses its own membership fees. All 4-H club members will be assessed a state and parish assessment fee. School clubs may charge an additional fee to cover club costs at the local level. For more information on what the fees are contact your school club leader. If you do not have a school club please join as a member at large and you will only be assessed a $10 fee. Below is a list of current school clubs and the leader(s) to contact for more information.
Contact your school's club leader for more information on your school's club!
Armstrong Leader: Jessica Offord
Branch Leader: Alissa Chatagnier
Church Point Elementary Leader:Hailie LeJeune
Church Point Middle Leader:Julie LeLeux
Church Point High Leader: Krysta Spell
Crowley Middle Leader: Yolanda Poullard
Crowley High Leader: Nicholas Bellard
Egan Elementary Leader: Kendall LaCombe
Estherwood Elementary Leader: Allyson Oestricher
Evangeline Leader: Amber Doucet
Iota Elementary Leader: Melanie Schniers
Iota Middle Leader: Julie Hebert
Iota High Leader: Judia LaCombe
Lucky Clovers Homeschool Leader: Angelle LeBlanc
Mermentau Elementary Leader: Amber Hendry
Midland High Leader: Julia Fredieu
Mire Elementary Leader: Piper Venable
Morse Elementary Leader: Blair Guidry
Northside Leader: Bridget Temple
Notre Dame High Leader: Brenda Banowetz
Our Mother of Peace Leader: Christine Bellard
Rayne Catholic Leader: Ann Hains
Rayne High Leader: Colton Dupre
Richard Elementary Leader: Shella LaVergne
Ross Elementary Leader: Dana Sturgis
South Crowley Leader: Vicky Regan
South Rayne Leader: Carina Phillips
St. Francis Leader: Tara Stanley
St. Michael Leader: Liz Holloway