Why Join 4-H

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Louisiana 4-H provides opportunities for youth from all backgrounds and interest to become a member and learn and grow through hands-one experiences. Any youth from the age of 9 years of age (before January 1st of the current 4-H year) can be a member. Youth can participate as long as they have not passed their 20th birthday on January 1. Because of our diverse age range, 4-H has lots of opportunities and experiences for all ages of youth to participate in.

To join 4-H, contact parish 4-H Office in which you live and/or go to school in.

How Can I Participate in 4-H?

4-H provides several ways that youth can participate, even your little brother and sister who is younger than 9 years old can participate. Check the various ways of becoming a 4-H member below!

  • Cloverbud Program is for kids in grades Kindergarten to 3rd grades. Cloverbuds is designed to allow younger youth to participate in age appropriate, non-competitive experiences through 4-H. To see if your parish offers a 4-H Cloverbud experience contact your 4-H Office.
  • 4-H Club membership are groups of of young people who meet monthly to learn about a particular subject, work on a project, perform community service, develop leadership skills and work together. Guided by one or more adult volunteer, a club can have any number of members from a school, a neighborhood, or parish.
  • Independent 4-H members participate in planned learning outside of a club setting which is self-directed with leadership and support from parents and/or mentors.

Engaging Youth

4-H youth development emphasizes three core areas.

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Building Relationships

Today includes 6 million youth members supported by 500,000 volunteers. It provides participants with an opportunity to develop a strong, positive relationship with adults while engaging in meaningful activities.

Initiating Partnerships

Public partnerships that advance the field of youth development and enrich the programs delivered to youth.

Benefits of 4-H

4-H'ers learn and develop skills that are crucial for success in life such as self-confidence, compassion, how to make valuable connections with adults, and skills and opportunities to further their communities.

Youth gain life skills such as:

  • Communication
  • Citizenship
  • Decision making
  • Leadership
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Community and global awareness

Click below to find out how to join a 4-H club near you!

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Fun Facts

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Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

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