Why is parental involvement important? In 2008 the Louisiana 4-H Executive Board formed a committee for Parent Involvement. They believe it is extremely important for the success of the program. Here are what some of the Executive Board members have to say about this issue:
4-H'ers are able to learn by doing because of the significant role parents and adult volunteers play in our program. Through youth-adult partnerships and the safety chaperones provided in 4-H activities, young people are able to push their personal boundaries and excel in project areas and character growth.
-- Claire Galley
4-H needs parents because when you are working with your child and seeing them learn and get things out of a wonderful program, you want to be there with your child. Because with everything 4-H offers, it gives you the opportunity to spend time with your child. Also 4-H needs parents' help because without their assistance your child would not benefit as much from the program as they could. Therefore, we need you, the 4-H parents.
-- Jeanne-Morgan Gernon
I have gone a long way with 4-H. I have been to D.C. a couple times, Tennessee, and all across Louisiana. Why does any of this matter? Because I couldn’t have gone anywhere with out a chaperone, an adult. In order for any 4-H program to be successful we need you to chaperone, but also give input to help the 4-H program. This is also a way for you to gain a great relationship with your child. It helps you know what is going on in their life and puts your mind at ease.
-- Chrystal Lachney
West Feliciana Parish
If parents see the positive influence that 4-H has on their children’s lives, they will be more likely to support the program by attending events and encouraging involvement. Their excitement can be contagious and their children can only benefit from their support, as can the 4-H Program.
-- Alex LeBlanc