About 4-H

4-H is a positive youth development program delivered by the nation's cooperative extension services that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. Through informal, research-based, experiential educational activities, 4-H members gain knowledge and life skills that enable them to become positive, productive, capable and compassionate members of their communities.

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.

What is a 4-H Club?

A 4-H Club is a group of young people in your school or in your community who want to improve their heads, hearts, hands and health. Each 4-H Club has its own officers. They are supervised by Extension agents and volunteer leaders. A leader may be anyone interested in helping young people. Volunteer leaders who supervise clubs are called “organizational leaders.”

Every 4-H member can select at least one 4-H project. “Completing a project” means doing everything the project book tells you to do. All 4th grade members choose the “Discovering 4-H” project book and 5th grade members choose the “Exploring 4-H” project book. 6th grade members may select a project of interest from the available books at the 4-H office.

4-H members can participate in project clubs such as livestock, shooting sports, fashion club, SET (science, engineering, and technology) Club, and Pet Club.

What do 4-H members do?

“Learn by Doing” is the 4-H Club slogan. 4-H members do not just read about things; they do them. They make things; take part in club meetings; learn interesting new things; learn to follow; and learn to lead. They help their neighbors and their neighborhoods through club activities.

What activities are offered to 4-H members?

4-H members choose the activities they want to do.

Do you want to:

  • Visit interesting places?
  • Win awards?
  • Become a Leader?
  • Raise animals and plants?
  • Prepare food?
  • Collect insects?
  • Learn to sew?

4-H members can choose to do these activities and many more. In most parishes you can compete in demonstrations, make exhibits, design posters and participate in animal shows. These are just a few of the ways 4-H’ers learn by doing.

How do you join 4-H?

Louisiana 4-H provides opportunities for youth from all backgrounds and interest to become a member and learn and grow through hands-one experiences. Any youth from the age of 9 years (before January 1st of the current 4-H year) can be a member. Youth can participate as long as they a have not passed their 20th birthday on January 1. Because of our diverse age range, 4-H has lots of opportunities and experiences for all ages of youth to participate in.

4-H provides several ways that youth can participate. Three types of membership are offered in Terrebonne Parish:

  • Cloverbud - An age appropriate, non-competitive experience for youth that targets children from kindergarten through third grade.
  • Club Member - 4-H Club members must be in grades 4 though 12. Youth must be at least 9 years old and have not passed their 20th birthday. 4-H Clubs are groups of youth who meet monthly to learn, work on 4-H projects, perform community service, develop leadership skills and work together. Guided by one or more adult volunteers, a club can consist of six or more youth from a school, neighborhood or parish.
  • Member-at-Large - Participate in planned learning outside of a club setting. Self-directed with guidance and support of parents and mentor. 4-H youth must be in grades 4 through12.

Louisiana 4-H is moving to an online enrollment system. Enrollment instructions are given to students interested in joining 4-H at their school club meetings. Students should submit the information page along with club dues to their school, then complete the online registration. Click on the link to take you to 4-H Online: https://v2.4honline.com/#/user/sign-in

Instructions for enrolling a member in the online system: Terrebonne Youth online flierpdf

4-H Club Meetings

All schools with 4-H clubs will meet in person once a month with the 4-H Agents. Some schools may schedule additional meetings to work on different projects throughout the year. Check school calendars, websites, and other communciations for 4-H meeting dates.

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