Amy Long-Pierre, Strecker, Katie | 8/10/2012 6:03:56 PM
Do you want to become more involved in community service projects, learn about working in groups and develop some leadership skills? The 4-H Junior Leader Club program may be the club for you.
You never outgrow learning about leadership skills. The Junior Leader Club is designed to teach teens leadership skills, the kind of skills needed to be productive working as a member of a group. As teens do more in groups and know more people, they need more skills that help them contribute to groups. The Junior Leader club teaches teens how to be effective members of a group and improve their leadership skills.
The St. Tammany Parish Junior Leader Club consists of 4-H members from 7th to 12th grades. The Parish Junior Leader Club meets monthly with a set of officers and monthly agenda. Junior Leaders are encouraged to develop community service learning programs for their communities. Some of them have included community beautification, collecting food, clothing and other items for needy families, nursing home programs and literary programs.
Junior Leaders have an opportunity to make a difference in their communities and work as partners with community leaders. Several Junior Leaders have become mentors for younger 4-H members, providing direction for them as they develop life skills through the 4-H program. Junior Leaders learn several important leadership skills through the club program. They include understanding self and developing a positive attitude, communicating, getting along with others, learning to learn, making decisions, managing and working with groups.
Our Parish Junior Leader Club also raises funds during the year for an end of the year reward trip. Junior Leaders are eligible to attend Junior Leadership Conference, 4-H University on the LSU Baton Rouge Campus, and 4-H Camp as Camp Counselors. Contacts and Friends are also established for a lifetime through participation in the 4-H Junior Leader Club Program.
Membership and participation in activities and events are open to all 4-H members without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, veteran status or disability.