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Letter from the Louisiana State 4-H Military Liaison: HEROES come in all sizes. I’ve seen the faces and heard the stories of a band of heroes most often overlooked: military kids. Military children take on greater responsibilities to keep their families functioning while their parents are deployed. National 4-H Headquarters at the USDA has developed partnerships with the Army, Air Force and Navy to support youth programs on military installations across the United States. These military partnerships have established 4-H clubs for military youth ages 5-18 on installations and in communities. Through 4-H, military youth who relocate frequently will find similar programs and activities at each installation. This helps provide stability and consistency in a way of life that continually changes. 4-H provides military children the ability to experience positive youth development programs focused on science, healthy living and citizenship. Each of Louisiana’s three military installations participates in programs that teach military youth the importance of education and community service. Programs include coastal restoration projects, rocketry and sewing camps as well as the Junior Leadership Program. Louisiana 4-H military partnerships rely on the resources of Louisiana State University, one of the state’s land grant universities. Through the LSU AgCenter, both university and parish faculty serve as project directors, liaisons and specialists to each branch of our military both on and off post. It is only through the support of 4-H and community volunteers that we can reach and provide care and support to the military families across our state. It takes commitment to influence the lives of our children. Join us and support our nation’s brave little heroes. Thank you for your care and time and the resources needed to support the smallest of our heroes. I’ve been told I DREAM TOO BIG. The dream is not for me…it’s for the children…Louisiana’s military kids. ~ Tanya Giroir Louisiana 4-H Military Liaison

GET INVOLVED All Louisiana 4-H military partnerships are possible only through the countless hours of service civilian as well as other military volunteers put toward the care and support of military families around them. In tough times, when the stability of a military family is in question, volunteers and support networks within the community bring a renewed sense of hope and security.

Louisiana 4-h Military Partnerships

We encourage you to educate yourself on the issues military families face on installations and bases and find out how you can help! To find out how you can get involved, visit the LSU AgCenter website, your local 4-H office or local military station.

Barksdale afb Jeannie Crnkovic

NAS New Orleans Jan Morgan

4-H Agent serving Barksdale AFB mcrnkovic@agcenter.lsu.edu 318-965-2326

4-H Agent serving NAS New Orleans jmmorgan@agcenter.lsu.edu 504-433-3664

Alex Shook

Jenny Simpson

Assistant County Agent ashook@agcenter.lsu.edu 318-965-2326

4-H Program Assistant jsimpson@agcenter.lsu.edu 504-433-3664

The Fort Polk SAS & MST Kemberly Johnson

4-H Agent serving Fort Polk JRTC kjohnson@agcenter.lsu.edu 337-239-3231

Chad Hagan

Assistant County Agent chagan@agcenter.lsu.edu 337-239-3231

2011 annual report

Military 4-H Partnerships are supported by 4-H National Headquarters/NIFA/USDA; Army Child, Youth and School Services; Air Force Airman and Family Services; Navy Child and Youth Programs; and the LSU AgCenter Cooperative Extension 4-H Program through grant funding at Kansas State University. For the latest research-based information, visit or website at www.LSUagcenter.com/4h. The LSU AgCenter is a statewide campus of the LSU system and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

Louisiana 4-H is an educational program of the LSU AgCenter


BARKSDALE AFB

THE FORT POLK SAS & MST Fort Polk Art Club

BAFB Sewing Camp

Military youth are offered the opportunity to participate in sewing camps, that focus on developing their creative skills. Sewing camps provide knowledge on different types of sewing equipment, sewing supplies, fabric types and sewing safety. They also provide the youth with an opportunity to create both sewn and non sewn projects. Campers at Barksdale agree the this camp is “sew” much fun!

The Art Club is an exciting way to experience different forms of art such as: Drawing, role playing, photography, music and set creation. This program provides hands-on activities that promote creativity and self-expression. This past year, youth at Fort Polk experienced the art of production through song, dance and drama. The youth truly came alive as they learned to express themselves through many different artistic forms.

NAS NEW ORLEANS Coastal Restoration Initiative

The Crescent City Riverboat Pilot’s Association is partnering with the Belle Chasse Academy Military 4-H Club to facilitate planting projects along the coastal regions of Plaquemines Parish. The association assists the youth with the coastal plantings and the youth are responsible for the upkeep of a wetlands greenhouse. The plants and grasses grown in the greenhouse are transplanted along the coast in Venice, La.

Fort Polk Fitness

Junior Leader Program

Fort Polk’s Fitness Initiative teaches both kids and adults on base how to choose a healthier lifestyle. The Fitness Initiative incorporates cooking experiments as well as fitness exercises. The program provides training for selecting healthful and more nutritious foods as well as ways to stay active as part of an everyday routine.

Robotics Program

BAFB Rocketry Camp

Military youth in the Belle Chasse Academy 4-H robotics project club are involved in the construction of robotic projects that carry out specific “missions.” This group is in the process of developing a team of youth to participate in regional, state and national robotics competitions.

At Barksdale Air Force Base, youth get the chance to “reach for the stars” at the base’s annual rocketry camp. At camp, youth learn the principles of aerospace through the process of building model rockets and recording flight data. Rocketry camp provides a fun atmosphere for youth to learn and to put their flight skills to the test.

“Our military partnership is just awesome! It supports our mission of providing our military youth with opportunities to become well-rounded and valuable citizens. Our 4-H partnership helps us develop our youth’s quest for selfimprovement and builds character. We appreciate the great job that our AgCenter extension office does in including our military families.” ~ Cora Davis Barksdale AFB Youth Center

Junior Leaders assist 4-H leaders by presenting 4-H programs to younger members. They also participate in the “Step Up to Leadership” program and other service-learning projects. The Junior Leader Club is currently partnering with Woodland’s Trail and Park in Belle Chasse, La., to remove debris from the park and work on coastal restoration projects.

Wind Energy Program

Fort Polk Promotes Teamwork

Like many of the exercises their parents do in the military, the activities the young people at Fort Polk do involve teamwork. Each of the exercises and activities is geared to encourage participants to work together to achieve a common goal. Whether it be to put on a production, win a game or support a friend, Fort Polk is instilling an attitude toward teamwork in the youth and children on the base.

4-H military youth and adult volunteers meet monthly and participate in different wind energy projects. Recently, the volunteers conducted a science day camp and incorporated wind energy activities into the 4-H curriculum. More than 80 military youth and 15 adult volunteers participated in this very successful event.

Louisiana 4-H Activities

Belle Chasse teens, ages 13-19, participate in 4-H Day at the Capitol each year to learn about the legislative process. The fourth through sixth-graders on base participate in a three-day premier teen camp, showcasing what Louisiana 4-H has to offer. This fun-filled camp is held at the 4-H Grant Walker Educational Center in Pollock, La. Junior Leaders serve as camp counselors for this event and attend a special camp counselor training.


2011 Louisiana 4-H Military Partnerships Annual Report