About 4-H

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:

  • Communication
  • Citizenship
  • Decision making
  • Leadership
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Community and global awareness
  • 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.

    • The system will prompt both youth and adults to join as a member. It will automatically populate that you are a youth or adult by your age.
    • When selecting a club please choose your school (at large if your school doesn't have one) as the primary club. You can also add Art, Sewing, Jr. Leadership, Archery, Rifle, and Shotgun Shooting Sports clubs, and Livestock if you are part of these as well as secondary clubs. Please be aware that most of these clubs will incur an additional fee to join. All you have to do is click select units and you can add more than one.
    • When selecting a project please note that this will only be used as your opportunity to show us your sparks and what interests you. We will send out more information on how to get leaflets or project books throughout the year.
    • Youth Project leaders are officers or counselors for school and community clubs. Please select that if it applies to you.
    • Once you click submit you have successfully joined 4-H! You will receive an email confirming. It will then move on to the next step for review. If there is anything that needs to change, agents will send it back with a note for the update and resubmit.

    Enroll in 4-H Online Here

    About 4H Online

    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.

    4-H Clubs

    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

    4-H Camping

    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

    School enrichment is short-term programming that occurs during school hours and utilizes non-formal education in support of the school curriculum.

    Special Interest

    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.

    School Clubs

    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

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