2023 4-H University ~ EXCEL

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What is 4-H University?

Each year 4-H members who are in the 8th-12th grade as of August 1, 2022, are eligible to participate in 4-H University to demonstrate their skills in more than 30+ competitive events. It is a culmination of a 4-H member’s year of hard work & dedication. Events range from Demonstrations, Automotive Care, Fishing Sports, Public Speaking, Fashion Revue, & more! Through competing, youth demonstrate life skills in teamwork, decision making, problem solving, resiliency, & many more. Each competitive event allows youth an opportunity for personal growth, skill mastery, & other life skills vital to functioning members of society.

  • This year’s theme is: EXCEL. 4-HU will be held June 20-24, 2023, on the LSU Campus in Baton Rouge!
  • Cost: $95 to register. This will cover housing & other expenses such as: supplies, materials, awards, etc. Meals will not be provided. Youth will need to bring money for meals.
  • How to Register: Contact Tara Garlington via email, tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu or call our office at 323-2251.
  • Registration Deadline: May 1, 2023

Potential 4-H club members must be enrolled & active in the 4-HOnline System by May 24, 2023.

Youth have 2 ways of participating in 4HU. They may choose the competitive track, participating on of the many contests; or they may choose to participate in the Clover College Track. Note: If youth choose the Competitive Track, we will provide resources and help them with preparations. If you have questions about a particular contest before making a decision, please let me know and I can email the specific contest details.

  • The Competitive Track
  • The Clover College Track is a non-competitive educational experience where youth may choose to learn about an area of interest, while still being able to have the LSU Campus experience! Note: If a 4-H member participates in a virtual contest, they will participate in the 4HU on-campus experience by enrolling in the Clover College Track.

2023 4HU Contest List:

Note: We will be able provide resources and help prepare youth for contests.

  • 4-H Has Talent
  • ATV Safety
  • Automotive Care
  • Career Prep Interview
  • Child Development
  • Civic Engagement/Leadership Method Demonstration
  • Civic Engagement/Leadership Illustrated Talk
  • Consumer Decision Making
  • Consumer Foods Evaluation
  • ESports
  • Fashion Revue - It’s Sew YOU!
  • Fashion Revue - Ready to Wear
  • Fashion Revue - Upcycled Fashion
  • Fishing Sports
  • Healthy Living Demonstration
  • Healthy Living Illustrated Talk
  • Horticulture Identification & Evaluation
  • Insect Identification
  • Livestock Judging
  • Meat Identification
  • Next Healthy Food Star
  • Outdoor Skills Triathlon
  • Personal Trainer
  • Photography (Virtual Contest)
  • Plant Identification and Evaluation
  • Poultry Judging
  • Promote 4-H Graphic Design
  • Public Speaking - Any
  • Public Speaking - Cooperatives
  • Robotics
  • Sports Broadcasting
  • STEM Illustrated Talk
  • STEM Method Demonstration
  • Teens Driving Teens
  • Tiger Tank Entrepreneurship Challenge
  • Tractor Operations
  • Vet Set Geaux
  • Virtual Arts Competition
  • Zero Turn Mower

2023 4-HU Clover College List: Non-Competitive Option

  • 2D and 3D Drafting
  • Field of Dreams: Turf-grass Makes Sports Happen
  • Forensics: The First 48 Hours
  • Graphic Design - A Career in Visual Language
  • Health Professionals at FranU
  • Clover BattleBots
  • How to Become a "Dogtor": LSU Vet School

Educational Workshops

  • Food Insecurity: Service Project
  • Explore LSU Athletics Facilities & Careers: Walking Tour
  • So You Want to Be a Vet? LSU Vet School Tour
  • Energize and Recharge Your Leadership
  • Get to Know Your Insects
  • LSU College of Agriculture
  • LSU Engineering & Robotics Tour
  • National Conference Delegates: What's this Opportunity All About?
  • Driving Towards Zero Deaths
  • Lights, Camera, ACTION!
  • Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA)
  • Find Your Way
  • Tiger Tank
  • Trash Garden
  • Front Yard Bikes
  • Coastal Protection & Restoration
  • LSU Declassified Law School Survival Guide
  • FOODii
  • Seeds of Success
  • Zydefit

Louisiana 4-H University Objectives

  • Provide a positive environment for belonging and the opportunity for youth to meet new youth with like goals.
  • Expose youth to the career opportunities provided through the various experiences of 4-H University from contests, educational workshops, and Clover College.
  • Provide an opportunity for youth to demonstrate their mastery in projects and leadership.
  • Allow youth to showcase their skills, talents and knowledge.
  • Provide an opportunity for life skills development.

We hope to see you there!

3/21/2023 2:31:21 PM
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