Bienville-Arcadia Chamber of Commerce Dinner 2010.
Highlights from Bienville Parish - Spring Semester 2010
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Worked with leaders in the Ringgold, La. community to establish a school vegetable garden in Ringgold as part of the 21st Century After School Programs.
Worked with local growers regarding pumpkin production.
Working with parish golf course on putting green management.
Implemented an information section at local feed and hardware store.
Collected samples in Bienville Parish as part of the state survey regarding ant fauna in Louisiana.
Assisted with locating samples of kudzu having presence of Asian soybean rust throughout Bienville Parish.
Collected and interpreted numerous soil samples for parish residents.
Farm, home and office visits conducted for various clientele.
Provided various timely topic news articles for the local papers.
Family & Consumer Sciences
LSU AgCenter 4-H University Faculty Award.
Dean Don Felknor Financial Management Award, LEAFCS.
Marketing Package Award, LEAFCS.
All Financial Resource Management programs were evaluated and proved an increase in knowledge gained ranging from 16% to 100%.
JET program evaluation showed a 16% increase in financial management skills; 18 youth explored careers in technical schools, community colleges, universities, reserves and medical fields; 18 youth had their first time job experience earning minimum wage and tracked their spending for five weeks; 18 youth have developed a budget; 16 youth opened a savings account; 18 youth have developed confidence they can enter the workplace and earn money; 18 youth received satisfactory evaluations in the workplace.
Head Start Staff & Parents - Basic Money Management & Budgeting Classes knowledge gained: 43% increase in understanding amount of money needed for a personal emergency fund; 42% increase in knowledge in how compound interest adds up over time and the importance of starting early and saving regularly; 37% increase in understanding how savings can be realized by paying off high cost debt; 48% increase in understanding how to calculate net worth; 55% increase in understanding how to track expenses and develop a saving and spending plan; 42% increase in developing SMART financial goals.
Bienville Parish Educational Center - Pre-GED Students - 12 Week Lesson Series: 23% increase in knowledge gained in workforce preparedness.
High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP) – 6-hour Teacher In-Service Workshop: 17 teachers received 6 CLU’s and monetary stipends; 65% reported they were not prepared to teach HSFPP before the workshop. After the workshop, 82% reported they were very well prepared to teach the class; 82% of teachers plan to use HSFPP curriculum in their class programs and would order the free workbooks for their students to use in the classroom; 100% of teachers reported HSFPP would improve the lives of teens when they become adults. Teachers reported the three most beneficial topics they learned were credit rating, savings, and budgeting.
Identity Theft - Bienville Parish Retired Teachers’ Association & Council on Aging, Arcadia: 100% of participants reported they learned ways to decrease their chance of having their identity stolen; 100% of participants reported they would guard their personal information to deter theft of their identity.
Home Buyer Education classes: 28% increase in knowledge gained in "Navigating Your Way to a New Home;" 25% increase in knowledge gained in "Staying on Course with Financial Management;" 36% increase in knowledge gained in "Sailing through the Mortgage Process;" 16% increase in knowledge gained in "Maintaining and Protecting Your Home."
Welcome to the Real World Youth Program: 100% of the youth reported the program was interesting, useful, activities were helpful, and the program will help them in the future.
Saving and Investing for Life – Bienville Parish Retired Teachers’ Association: 82% of participants learned ways to track spending and organize record keeping.
Saving and Investing for Life – We Care Ministries – series of classes currently in process.
Dollar Deci$ion$ with Diane - quarterly financial resource management newsletter distributed to 178 homes.
Living Well - quarterly LSU AgCenter Newsletter distributed to178 homes.
It’s My Money – presented to youth and parents at the Bienville Parish 4-H Commodity Cookery Contest: 42% increase in knowledge gained by youth and parents combined in basic money management.