Lincoln Parish 4-H Advisory Council 2018

Lee Ann Fields, Simmons, Amanda  |  3/20/2018 3:37:43 PM

2018 Lincoln Parish 4-H welcomes the youth of Lincoln Parish to participate in a “learning-by-doing” environment where they are able to actively participate in hands-on experiences and make a lasting impact in their communities.4-H focuses on the following three national initiative areas: Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET), Healthy Living, and Citizenship.The Louisiana 4-H Youth Development program is an invaluable and essential source of non-formal education. Through non-formal, research based, experiential education activities; 4-H participants gain knowledge and life skills enabling them to become positive, productive, capable and compassionate members of their communities.

A goal of the 4-H Youth Development program is that the program provides a positive educational experience which targets the specific needs of our parish.To be able to accomplish this goal, we enlist the help of the Lincoln Parish 4-H Advisory Council to identify the needs of Lincoln Parish that should be addressed through the efforts of the Lincoln Parish 4-H Youth Development program.The purpose of the Advisory Council is to obtain stakeholder input, leadership development, and create public awareness of the value of 4-H and its programs.The members of the Lincoln Parish 4-H Advisory Council are chosen because they possess the following qualities:leadership, respected, expertise, and connectedness.The Advisory Council is asked to represent their peers in the community, identify needs and issues facing their peers, provide program direction, identify opportunities for collaboration, be active, understand 4-H, and share their skills and talents.The Lincoln Parish 4-H Advisory Council members have sincere interest in their community, have knowledge of issues important to their parish, have a rapport with local clientele, and have the ability to function within a group.

Lincoln Parish 4-H held the Lincoln Parish 4-H Advisory Council meeting on March 15, 2018 in Ruston.A total of 16 Advisory Council members, including adults and youth, attended the meeting.The Council was asked to answer four questions.The following are the answers given by the council members in response to the four questions:

What educational program topics could 4-H provide that would be helpful to youth and the school system?

  • Educational labs
  • Character building
  • Public speaking
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Leadership
  • Financial Literacy
  • Career options/awareness
  • Carpentry
  • Cobotics (eco car)
  • Technology
  • Math/Stem activities – life skills
  • Fit into 4-H topics- interactive and fun

Which schools, teachers, or subject areas might be interested in incorporating some school enrichment lessons into their classroom?

  • Journey to Careers at parish high schools/Junior high schools – contact Lincoln Parish School Board
  • Financial literacy (budget, balance checkbook, savings)
  • Etiquette – social media – dining
  • Conflict resolution/friendly debate
  • Speaking skills
  • Listening skills
  • Life skills
  • Automotive safety
  • Science teachers

What are some ways to make your favorite Lincoln Parish 4-H activity even better - or other activities that you would like to see happen?

  • Parish 4-H Jr. Leaders speak at 4-H Club meetings to encourage younger 4-H’ers to participate
  • Bring in school gardens
  • Shooting Sports
  • Parish 4-H Jr. Leaders speak to groups about how beneficial 4-H is and the impact it makes
  • Enrollment meetings
  • More sponsors/volunteer club leaders
  • More disciplines
  • 1-2 Parish 4-H Jr. Leaders go with Amanda to each school during September 4-H School Club enrollment meetings

Give some examples of ways to market the 4-H program.

  • Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce – Business After Hours
  • City of Ruston city wide events/prayer breakfast
  • Master Gardeners
  • Local honey producers
  • Farmers Market
  • Local feed stores
  • Radio
  • Facebook – social media
  • Weyerhauser
  • Sheriff & Police Departments (safety)
  • First Aid/EMS companies/organizations
  • Sporting events
  • Flyers on cars
  • Remind app
  • Parish 4-H Jr. Leaders record video ad to play before movies at Celebrity Theater

The LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth Development agents and staff of Lincoln Parish sincerely appreciate the 16 members that attended the Lincoln Parish 4-H Advisory Council meeting. The information they offered us is very valuable to the 4-H program here in Lincoln Parish and is required for us to be able to direct our programming to meet the needs of our clientele in our parish. Thank you all so much for your time, input, and support. We look forward to working with all of you to “Make the Best Better”.

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