August 2013 Terrebonne 4-H News

Cherie Roger, Himel, Reed  |  8/8/2013 7:53:26 PM

Join 4-H in New School Year

A new school year is upon us, and it’s a great time to join 4-H, the nation’s largest youth organization. 4-H offers experimental learning to youth ages 9 to 19 with something for all interests from livestock to space to sewing. There are topics for all youth. By participating in 4-H, youth develop many essential life skills including responsibility, leadership and self-esteem.

In 4-H, youth learn by doing projects that are designed to fit their needs at different ages. There are a variety of projects from food to forestry, rockets and rabbits. 4-H gives kids and teens all kinds of opportunities to experience life skills, to practice them, and be able to use them throughout their lifetime. 4-H teaches young people how to meet their needs for belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity in positive ways. In 4-H we work with young people in a variety of settings including schools, day camps, overnight camps, afterschool, clubs, and other learning environment

You can get involved in 4-H several ways by participating in clubs or completing projects. Clubs provide youth a chance to practice leadership skills while making new friends. Topics vary across the state depending on local youths’ interests, and range from animals to communications to financial management. From science to crafts, youth of all ages and abilities will find something that interests them in 4-H projects. By completing projects, youth not only develop new interests and hobbies but also important skills such as self-confidence, time management and critical thinking. While the deadline has passed for state fair entries this year, youth can get a jump start on next year’s project by joining 4-H this month.

In addition to clubs and projects, 4-H offers numerous in-school and after-school programs for youth. 4-H youth development agents make many visits to local schools throughout the year to offer hands-on learning. Many times they reinforce subjects youth are learning in school, but they also provide information on topics such as character development, fitness and healthy eating.

After-school programs offer fun, hands-on-activities for youths in a safe environment. Programs differ among communities depending on areas needs and interests, but some possible subjects include healthy living, communications, family and consumer sciences, environmental and earth science, plants and animals, science and technology and leadership. By participating in any of these programs, youth learn how to set goals, make sound decisions and resolve conflicts.

4-H prepares young people to step up to the challenges in their community and the world. Using research-based programming around positive youth development, 4-H youth get the hands-on real world experience they need to become leaders.

4-H offers a world of opportunities for youth to explore and empowers them to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.For more information on how to join a 4-H club in your parish, contact your school and ask for the 4-H leader. Also, youth should be on the lookout for an open enrollment meeting at their school during the month of September.

4-H Livestock Projects

Please contact Mr. Reed or Mrs. Cherie at 985-873-6495 if you are interested in showing livestock in 4-H during this school year. It is important that we have your name, address and email address so you can receive information on upcoming events.

4-H members should be enrolled in a 4-H livestock project by September 27, 2013.

Having a Ball at 4-H Summer Camp

Eighty-three campers, counselors, and adult volunteers spent the week of June 3 at 4-H Camp Grant walker. Camping is one of the most valuable experiences a child can have. It’s a learning experience that helps boys and girls appreciate the outdoors, live together as a group, get along with others and appreciate people with different interests and backgrounds. Thanks to our volunteers for making the camp week a great experience for our Terrebonne 4-H members- Aaron Hebert, Daryl Charpentier, and Jacky Jones.

Upcoming events:

All through September -
Open Enrollment Meetings at the Schools
September 18, 2013 - Jr. Leader Meeting- Houma Municipal
September 26, 2013 - 4-H Officer Training- Houma Municipal
September 27, 2013 - Deadline to Enroll for a Livestock Project.

October 6- 12, 2013 -
National 4-H Week
October 19, 2013 - Seafood Cookery

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