4-H Youth Development
Jefferson Parish 4-H members (youth between 9 and 19 years of age) learn and practice how to be strong leaders and citizens through educational opportunities relating to environmental science, healthy living, leadership and citizenship. They develop a sense of Belonging, Independence, Generosity and Mastery which leads to the ability to succeed, meet challenges and develop social skills and self-confidence today and in the future.
Family Consumer Science – FCS
>Nutrition and Health: The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP Ed, and General Nutrition Education programs address nutrition, health and obesity prevention. Adults and children representing all economic backgrounds benefit from completing a series of 6-8 lessons relating to: portion sizes, reading labels, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, Dietary Guidelines and My Plate, exercise, and healthy choices.
>Ombudsman Program: The Ombudsmen resolve complaints, provide resources and advocate for the health and well-being of the residents of nursing homes, skilled care facilities and assisted living residences through visits with residents, families and facility staff. Visits are made according to the GOEA mandates and residents’ requests.
The LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant Program is focused on three major initiatives in Jefferson Parish:
>Direct marketing of urban fishery products,
>Lake Pontchartrain aquatic resources – off-bottom oysters
>Coastal development with emphasis in Grand Isle.
Public interest continues relating to growing vegetables and fruit, resulting in a demand for home vegetable/fruit production, pollinator gardening and school/community gardening. In 2016, 28 adults completed 50 hours of course work to become Master Gardeners. 174 Master Gardeners volunteered over 15,000 hours educating the public in areas relating to horticulture through projects including a demonstration garden at LaSalle Park, gardening seminars, and school gardens providing teaching tools promoting best practices for home food production and food preparation and preservation. The Jefferson Parish Horticulturalist continues to offer programs and resources to Jefferson residents, and community leaders to increase knowledge while demonstrating horticultural techniques.
Local Issues & Plans for 2016
1. Promoting awareness and benefits of agriculture in our urban setting:
Train parish residents on Best Management Practices for home vegetable gardens, school and community gardens and pollinator gardens through site visits, workshops, seminars and group meetings. Conduct the annual LA Master Gardener program training. Conduct AgMagic on the River event.
2. Strengthening families and communities:
Provide a series of 6-8 hour long lessons on nutrition, obesity prevention, health and family issues related to Jefferson residents of all ages. Advocate for residents in nursing homes and assisted living residences through the Ombudsman program.
3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development:
Encourage youth to identify and participate in service learning projects addressing the needs of the homeless. Members and leaders gain knowledge & skills in various topics related to environmental science, healthy living and leadership development.