Americans are increasingly disengaged from the democratic process.
Research suggests youth programs that provide opportunities for meaningful community service result in more civic engagement.
The Louisiana 4-H Youth Development Program offers youth opportunities to express themselves, understand community issues and practice active citizenship. Through seven focus areas, youth are actively engaged to develop character. These areas include:
Citizenship initiatives are implemented through a variety of 4-H programs. Examples include:
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Communication skills are important for successful interpersonal relationships.
“Hands to larger service” is an integral part of the 4-H experience. The State 4-H Citizenship Board is a group of teen leaders working to promote service and citizenship across Louisiana.
Results of the State 4-H Service-Learning Record Book Contest.
At 4-H University, 4-Hers from across Louisiana voted "Bullying" as the service-learning focus for 2014-15. The goals of the project, outlined by the State 4-H Citizenship Board, are to educate on the severity of bullying and utilize inclusion in empowering action.
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The Caddo 4-H program was really busy this year with multiple service-learning projects that included nursing home visits, preparing military care packages and holding recycling drives.
Concordia Parish 4-H members collected supplies to donate to the Natchez Humane Society.
Iberia Parish Junior Leader members collected pet food to be donated at every meeting during the 2011-2012 school year! Check out just how much they raised!
4-H agents gathered at Langston Hughes Academy, along with hundreds of other volunteers and Verint Systems employees, to construct a playground for students. Playground construction was made possible through KaBoom Build.
Shout out to VIET for celebrating MLK, Jr. Day by doing a day of service and helping beautify their community by planting trees and cleaning up the neighborhood!
During their meeting on January 11, New York Life’s Youth in Governance 4-H Clubs at Success Preparatory Academy mapped their community. The activity was part of their curriculum in public adventures and designed to get the 4-H Club member to think about their community.
Check out this video to see what 4-H members are doing in Rapides Parish!
Grant 4-H donated Christmas wreaths to residents at Colfax Reunion Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Sabine Parish 4-H members have been collecting goodies this season to wish the homeless animals at the Sabine Parish Humane Society a “Purr-fect Christmas from Furr-H!”
Agents can use these grant resources to fund pet-related service projects.
The State 4-H Citizenship Board is promoting a statewide pet food drive with donations to local animal shelters in each parish.
Reflection is a very important part of the service-learning cycle. On this page, there are some resources and ideas to assist you in reflection. To read more...
The celebration stage is the point on the service-learning cycle where you celebrate the accomplishments of your project. Take a look at the resources provided for ideas and assistance on celebration.
During the 2010 - 2011 year, members from all over the state have participated in service-learning projects. Take a look at the projects completed over the last year.
4-H'ers in Madison and Webster parishes, as well as the State 4-H Fashion Board, are "Making the Best Better" by spending time mentoring and supporting youth in their communities.
The Back Pack Project provided nutritious, kid-friendly food items to over 200 youth in the Vernon Parish schools during the holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter/spring break. Back packs were filled with these items – peanut butter/crackers, cereals, fruit, juice, pudding cups, granola bars, etc.
The group collaborated with local businesses to conduct the voter registration drive and the “get out the vote” campaign. Educational lessons were conducted on political propaganda, local elected officials and the effects of campaign materials on voters' decisions.
The Cameron Parish 4-H Jr. Leader group is a teen group that focuses on leadership development and service. The group involves youth from throughout the parish and all parish high schools. The Cameron 4-H program always includes an environmental program through both educational and service efforts.
The Green Teens of Calcasieu parish started as a result of the involvement of the Calcasieu 4-H Junior Leader club in a tri-parish service-learning effort called What Happens in the Environment Stays in the Environment! The 2007 original project involved 253 4-H youth leaders and 25 adult leaders from the tri-parish area. After the completion of the effort, a core group of teens thought there was still more learning and work to be done, thus the creation of The Green Teens.
The Lafayette 4-H Jr. Leadership group has working on an environmental service-learning effort since 2005 spurred by an evacuation of their Junior Leader planning retreat due to Hurricane Katrina. Initially the response was focused on response to human needs and has continuously developed with a strong emphasis on environmental restoration due to the impact of hurricanes.
The Vernon Parish 4-H Teen Leader club won this year’s Service-Learning Group Award for their “Hulking Out Cancer” project. After learning that one of their 4-H members had lLeukemia and recognizing that many of their family and friends had either survived or died from cancer, the Vernon Parish 4-H’ers were motivated to raise funds and awareness for cancer education and research.
Here are 2012 State Service-Learning Records Competition winners.
Webster 4-H Junior Leader Club members are pictured with March board game donations from parish schools to their "Rainy Day Box Collection" for 4-H Summer Camp.
The Jeff Davis and Lafayette 4-H Jr. Leaders were rewarded for their work throughout the 2009-2010 school year with an awards trip to San Antoino, Texas, from July 12-15, 2010. Jr. Leaders are involved in 4-H service projects in their parishes and assist 4-H events throughout the year to be able to attend the awards trip. To find out more...
Vernon Parish 4-H’ers participated in the Ronald McDonald House Aluminum Tab Collection service-learning project. The goals of this project were to educate others concerning the use and needs of the Ronald McDonald House programs, to involve our parish and communities in our efforts, to collect more than 700 pounds of aluminum tabs for donation and to educate others in the need to recycle for our environment. To find out more...
Youth from Webster Parish participated in the Doyline High Desk Project service-learning project. The goal of this project was to generate funds to purchase new desks for the high school wing of Doyline High School. To find out more...
West Baton Rouge 4-H'ers participated in the Our Lady of the Lake Hospital service-learning project. The goals were to go to the Children's Hospital and give Jr. Leaders a chance to work with the children there by bringing activities for children in the Child Life room to participate in. To find out more...
Youth from Tensas parish participated in the Tensas Community Garden service-learning project. The goal of this project is to gain cooperative and leadership skills and provide produce to the community. To find out more...
4-H'ers from Natchitoches Parish participated in the Safety Crew, Teens Constructing a Safer Tomorrow service-learning project. The goals of the project were to establish a service-learning project at Marthaville Jr. High with seventh-grade students during health class to increase civic engagement among participants and to teach life skills of responsibility, self-reflection, communication and teamwork among participants. To find out more...
The Catahoula 4-H members participated in the Tobacco-free service-learning project. The goal of this project was to reduce the use of tobacco products among the students in Catahoula Parish as well as the general population. To learn more...
Youth from Bienville Parish participated in the Leslie Lakes service-learning project. The goal was for Bienville Parish 4-H youth to visit a local nursing home to bring cheer to the residents. To find out more...
Youth in Beauregard parish participated in the Adopt a War Memorial Civic Center program. The goal of the project was to help service local historical landmarks. To find out more...
Youth in Allen Parish participated in the Toys for Tots Project. The goal was to make Jr. Leaders aware of community service needs. To learn more...
It’s important that the service-learning project belongs to the participants and their community. Young people and community members should work together to identify community needs, plan service activities and evaluate the impact of the service-learning project.
As the service-learning project comes to a close, efforts need to be made to help youth continue to use their new knowledge and skills to make decisions, solve problems and grow as caring, contributing members of their communities.
Project monitoring is a very important part of the service-learning cycle. We must monitor our projects to keep them on the right track. To learn more...
Needs assessment is at the beginning of the service-learning cycle when we are attempting to figure out what our project is going to be. Learn more...
Here are some recommendations for adults who are participating in service-learning with youth.
It is important for youth to have the voice when it comes to service-learning. To learn more...
You'll find the Service-Learning Preparation and Planning Sheet invaluable as you plan your next service-learning project. The sheet provides a framework for success for your service-learning project. .
This is the step in the service-learning cycle where we plan what needs to be done in the project and get adequate materials for it.
Here are some situations designed to provide an opportunity for you to think about and design effective service-learning projects to addresses the needs outlined in the situations.
The meaningful service checklist will help you to determine if you have met all of the hallmarks of meaningful service.
Here are some scenarios of meaningful service. To learn more...
Here is a resource of what makes service meaningful. Read on to find out more.
Service-learning is a more meaningful process to the people involved than is community service. We must keep this in mind when conducting a service-learning project.
Service-learning is a teaching method that combines academic instruction, meaningful service and critical, reflective thinking to enhance learning and civic responsibility. Use this rubric to evaluate the progress of your service-learning project while you're doing it and once you've completed it.
Evaluation is a step of the service-learning cycle. It is where you evaluate the project and make changes where they are needed. To learn more, look at the following resources.
The Lafayette 4-H Junior Leaders are working with Lafayette Mosquito Control to identify areas of highest mosquito populations in the parish and work with local municipalities to install bat boxes in those areas.
Information about the service-learning cycle.