September 2014 Jefferson Parish 4-H Newsletter

Chantel J. Williams, Boyd, Dasia

4-H Summer Camp participants.

Youth Attend 4-H Summer Camp

Twenty-two Jefferson Parish 4-H members joined members from Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Union, Webster, Morehouse, and Washington parishes for an exciting week of good times and good friends. The week long camp was held at the Grant Walker Educational Center in Pollock, LA. Campers enjoyed educational tracks which included Outdoor Adventures; Food & Fitness; Dramatic Arts; Louisiana Wetlands; SET … Science, Engineering & Technology; and Hunter Safety, along with many recreational activities. 4-H Camp is open to all youth in grades 4-6. It is held during the summer months. For a complete list of campers, please see the attached newsletter.

4-H University

Ten youth participated in the annual State 4-H University held in late June on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. Over 1450 4-H members from across Louisiana spent several days in Baton Rouge participating in state level competition or receiving intensive training in selected subject areas, such as Foods & Nutrition, Forensics, and Fashion. Participants also celebrated the 100th Birthday of the statewide event! Jefferson Parish participants included: Matthew Victoriano and Nicholas Victoriano from Fisher Middle/High School; McKaela Mesa from East Jefferson High School; Kaori Keyser from Riverdale High School; Laura Melancon from De la Salle High School.  Jake LeBlanc, Laura Smith, and Marilyn Pati from Patrick Taylor Academy; Nerrie Borne from Word of Life Academy; and Mailbox Member Hailey Castiglione. Kaori Keyser was named Blue Ribbon Winner in the State 4-H Photography Contest. McKaela Mesa and Kaori Keyser served as voting delegates from Jefferson Parish. Laura Melancon completed her term as Shooting Sports Ambassador. Accompanying the group were LSU AgCenter Agents Ann Gauthier, Chantel Williams, and Julie Boyd.

4-H University is one part of the LSU Ag Center’s 4-H Youth Development Program, which is designed to teach young people valuable life skills by involving them in educational projects and service activities. Throughout its history the program has sought to help young people and their families improve their quality of life. 4-H University is open to 4-H members age 13 and older. It is conducted in June of each year and includes competitive and non-competitive educational opportunities. For more information about this or other 4-H Youth Development Programs, call 504-736-6519.

Youth Wetlands Program

Youth Wetlands Program registration is now open! The YW program develops and distributes wetland education curriculum and teaching materials FREE to any 4th—12th grade teacher. The overall goal is to enhance students’ knowledge of the various types of wetlands found throughout the state and to show them how they can get involved in wetlands conservation. For more information, contact Julie Boyd at (504) 736-6519.

4-H Junior Leader Clubs

Interested youth in grades 6—12 are encouraged to become members of the Jefferson Parish 4-H Junior Leader Club. Meetings are monthly. If you are interested in becoming a member of one of our Junior Leader Clubs, call the 4-H office at  (504) 736-6519  for more information or to receive  meeting notices. Your friends are welcome to join us also!!!!

Service Learning

Once again this school year, we will be conducting a parish-wide community service learning project of Helping –DAT-Homeless.  Activities: Hygiene Kits, Food Kits, and Clothing Kits. All details will be discussed at our Junior Leader meetings. We will collect these items throughout the months of October and November.  Clubs can promote this as a school-wide project. Mailbox members can drop their donations off at the 4-H office or call 736-6519 to make arrangements for pick up.

4-H Challenge Camp 

On November 11-13 2014 the Louisiana 4-H program will hold its annual Challenge Camp Overnight Experience for 7th Grade 4-H members at Tickfaw State Park in Springfield, La. Jefferson Parish will be able to take up to eight of its 4-H members this year. Challenge Camp offers opportunities in learning how to work together in groups, decision making, improving self-esteem, participating in wetlands activities, and having fun! Tickfaw State park offers beautiful cabins and a full staff of wildlife biologists who will be teaching some of the Challenge Camp programs along with the 4-H Agents. Contact the 4-H office at (504) 736-6519  for more information.

Parish T-Shirts

T-shirts are available for $10.00 each. Larger sizes are available at an additional cost. Shirt orders and payment must be turned in to your club leader or mailed to the 4-H Office, 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Suite 300, Jefferson, LA 70123. 

10/7/2014 12:05:52 AM
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