Patrick Tuck, Fox, Janet E.
It’s been another year of substantial accomplishments for the Louisiana 4-H Youth Development Program. Louisiana 4-H has been on the forefront of innovative programming with national, regional, state and local partnerships. On the national front, Louisiana was one of four states that piloted the innovative lesson study concept with our 4-H Club program. Louisiana was also the first 4-H Youth Development Program that partnered with Building Educational Leaders for Life to provide a summer educational enrichment program to underprivileged students. Our 4-H youth and volunteers have served in national leadership roles and have been recognized for their accomplishments.
Beyond the individual and team accomplishments of our 4-H professionals, youth and volunteers, the Louisiana 4-H Youth Development Program strives to make a difference locally. In Louisiana, 4-H Youth Development is unique in many ways. Our cocurricular partnership with schools across the state allows us to positively impact youth academically while growing life skills. Our research-based experiential educational programs are developed around the interests of the youth we serve and evolve as their interests change, but the 4-H mission remains our guiding light.
The Louisiana 4-H Youth Development Program is embarking on a strategic planning process through 2025. The strategic plan focus is concentrated on the power of youth; access, equity and opportunity; effective organizational systems; exceptional people; innovative practices; and extraordinary opportunities to learn. More than 400 4-H professionals, youth, volunteers, school partners, community stakeholders and 4-H alumni have shared their thoughts relative to the strategic plan.
This year marks the beginning of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation Legacy Award, and we can think of no other inaugural honorees than Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation and Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company. These honorees are woven into the life and culture of Louisiana 4-H in ways that we do not always recognize. Their employees work alongside us in our school and community gardens, in our fundraising efforts and leadership development programs to serve the most urgent needs of our communities. They are our family.
Your gifts of time, talents and funds are critically important to the Louisiana 4-H Youth Development Program. Thank you.
Dr. Mark Tassin, Associate Vice-President and Program Leader, LSU AgCenter
Dr. Janet Fox, Department Head, 4-H Youth Development
Dr. Patrick Tuck, Executive Director, Louisiana 4-H Foundation
Brian Spillman, Board President, Louisiana 4-H Foundation