September 2013 Terrebonne 4-H News

Cherie Roger, Himel, Reed  |  9/5/2013 6:32:33 PM

Make a Lasting Impact

4-H youth are a living breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live. That takes uncommon commitment. 4-H members make a lasting impact in their communities every day. Whether you’re a 4-H educator, volunteer or member, we want you to “Make a lasting impact”. Begin by promoting 4-H at your school and throughout Terrebonne Parish.

During the week of October 6-12, 4-H members across Louisiana will celebrate National 4-H Week with lessons and activities focused on science and living. Local 4-H Clubs are starting enrollment of new members and getting them registered for different projects. Each club meeting begins with the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-H Pledge:

“I PLEDGE my HEAD to clearer thinking; my HEART to greater loyalty; my HANDS to larger service and my HEALTH to better living; for my family, my club, my community, my country and my world. The 4 – H’s stands for Head, Heart, Hands & Health.”

Roughly Terrebonne Parish has 1,265 youth enrolled in 36 4-H Clubs throughout the parish Currently, the most popular 4-H projects in Terrebonne Parish include service learning , shooting sports, food and nutrition, livestock, fashion, character education, gardening, and clover buds.

4-H is a “learn-by-doing” youth development program delivered through the Louisiana State University Cooperative Extension Office and has something for everyone. Youth can participate in short-term activities or longer-term clubs, where groups meet regularly to work on projects, perform community service and develop leadership skills. 4-H offers project activities in science, engineering, technology, citizenship, leadership, healthy living and animal science.

No matter which project they choose, through 4-H, youth will learn public speaking skills, how to collaborate, understand government and community, and how to develop and reach life/career goals.

Recent findings from Tufts University’s 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H. Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-H’ers receive play a vital role in helping them achieve better grades, higher level of academic competence, and an elevated level of engagement at school. 4-H is a unique, learn-by-doing model teaching youth essentials, transferrable skills that they’ll use throughout their lives, such as problem solving, decision making, coping, communicating and responding to the needs of others.

Make sure to sign up to “Make a Lasting Impact” at your local school or contact the 4-H office at 985-873-6495

4-H Seafood Cookery

Start off the 4-H year, 4-H Cajun style by participating in the Seafood Cookery, Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Caldwell Middle School (445 Hwy 311, Schriever, LA). Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 10:00 a.m. Judging and Educational workshops will begin at 10:00 a.m. The day will end with awards at 12:00 noon. All 4-H members are encouraged to participate. To properly enter your dishes refer to your September 4-H Cajun Chronicles received at your 4-H club meeting. Please contact the 4-H office at 985-873-6495 with any questions.

Upcoming dates:

September - Open Enrollment
September 18 - Junior Leader Meeting
September 26 - Officer Training
September 30 - Deadline for Achievement Day Theme and Pumpkin Decorating

October 4 - National 4-H Week Display Pictures due to the 4-H office
October 6 -12 - National 4-H Week
October 8 - 4-H Day at Raising Canes
October 9 - Celebrate 4-H and National Youth Science Day
October 19 - Seafood Cookery

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