December 2013 Terrebonne 4-H News

Cherie Roger, Himel, Reed  |  12/5/2013 11:01:13 PM

4-H: Making an Impact

Through its pledge of "hands to larger service," 4-H has historically given back to the community by encouraging young people and adults to volunteer. In 4-H, service is commonly defined as the voluntary action of an individual or a group of individuals without pay. Service to the community - through food drives, raking the yard of an elderly neighbor, adopt-a-highway programs, teens teaching younger youth, teens mentoring children or youth determining community needs and helping solve community problems - helps young people learn caring, leadership and citizenship.

By giving back to their communities, young people:

  • Learn the value of helping others.
  • Develop leadership, communication, organizational skills and a sense of empowerment.
  • Learn how important the connection is between subject matter and life in the community.
  • Learn how to cooperate with one another and work as a team with diverse groups of people including adults, peers and others with different backgrounds and experiences.
  • Succeed in an area different from academics, athletics or popularity.
  • Build self-esteem from the positive results of their service.
  • Develop problem-solving and decision-making skills by applying their knowledge to real-world situations.
  • Develop a sense of being responsible for their community and a sense that citizenship requires them to actively participate in their community.

Imagine a world where each and every young person had the confidence to be their own champion and the support to discover and realize – their full potential. That’s what happens when you put of group of excited kids eager “to do something” with caring adults eager to “show, support and share their talents” with our local youth. That’s what Terrebonne 4-H is all about.

Operation 4-H

This year, our service learning focus is the Military. We want to do something for all parts of the military: active military men and women, veterans, and military families. At our first cookery, 4-H members participated in a workshop, learning more about the military and making cards to send to soldiers deployed overseas. At the November 9 cookery (Poultry and Egg Cookery at Bourg Elementary), we ask that each 4-H member donate ONE item to help us make care packages to send to our soldiers. For our December service we will be sponsoring the La National Guard an Youth Program called Operation Christmas Angles This program is designed to assist La National Guard Soldiers and Airmen who may be experiencing financial hardship during the Christmas season through gifts for their children, ages infant to 17yrs. Terrebonne 4-H will collect NEW unwrapped toys at the December 7 cookery. If you cannot attend the cookery, we will collect items at the 4-H office until December 9, 2013. Monetary donations are also graciously accepted for Operation: Christmas Angels along with checks, made payable to: Youth Training Fund. Gifts may include age appropriate toys (boy and girl), books, Clothing items (infant to teen), Movies, DVDs, CD’s, Board Games, Video Games, Stuffed Animals, Barbie Dolls, Bikes, Action Figures, Wal-Mart Gift Cards, Etc...


Terrebonne Parish Beef and Sugar Cookery

Today beef and sugar are important commodities of Terrebonne Parish. Once our people were known for living off the land. Today we celebrate their heritage through Festivals and cookeries. So please join us on Saturday, December 7, 2013 for our Beef and Sugar Cookery at Evergreen Junior High, 5000 West Main St., Houma. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Judging will begin at 10:00 a.m. and last until 12:00 noon. Educational Workshops will occur, starting at 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Awards will be at 12:00 noon. The Cookery project is designed to provide opportunities for youth to: develop decision making, manage resources, become better consumers, express creativity, acquire knowledge, build social skills, and gain sense of accomplishment.For additional information and rules for this contests, refer to the Cajun Chronicles newsletter on the website.

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