Louisiana 4-H Volunteer Leader Association (VLA)

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VLA Members benefits include:

  • scholarships for state and regional volunteer training
  • grants opportunities to support volunteer's 4-H club programming
  • mentor program

The Louisiana Volunteer Leaders Association (LA4-HVLA) was announced formally in February 2003 by Chancellor Bill Richardson and Dr. Paul Coreil. We were formed to provide for education, training, recognition and support of volunteers in the 4-H program.

The Louisiana 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association will provide its members with opportunities to become better-informed and educated volunteers. The Association will represent the interest of volunteer leaders, parents and 4-H'ers from culturally diverse backgrounds and various levels of commitment in the 4-H program.

Members will be provided additional opportunities to participate in community, parish, regional and state activities. Quality educational programs will also be provided by the LA4-HVLA for its membership.

Visit the VLA Website

Who We Are

We are a volunteer organization for adults who work directly and indirectly with 4-H youth, or those who would like to become involved with the 4-H program in the State of Louisiana.


Membership in the Association is open to every 4-H program volunteer in the State of Louisiana. The LA4-HVLA is committed to the support of the 4-H youth in Louisiana. Dues have been established at $10 per year or $50 for a lifetime membership. Special discounts are offered to attendees of regional and state training events.

Annual Conference

Once a year, usually in the fall, the Louisiana 4-H Volunteer Leader Association hosts the Louisiana 4-H Volunteer Conference.

National Creed for Officers

The 4-H member is more important than the 4-H project. Learning how to do the project is more important than the project itself.

4-H'ers should be their own best exhibits. No award is worth sacrificing the reputation of a member or a leader.

Competition should be given no more emphasis than other fundamentals of 4-H work. Enthusiasm is caught, not taught.

To learn by doing is fundamental in any sound educational programs and is characteristic of the 4-H program. Generally speaking, there is more than one good way to do most good things.

Every 4-H member needs to be noticed, to feel important, to win and be praised (leaders , too). Our job as a leader is to teach 4-H members how to think, not what to think.

Source: Anonymous

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