Louisiana 4-H leaders are keeping the experience meaningful and safe

Like everyone else, 4-H is having to adjust to restrictions during events, but 4-H leaders are working hard to make sure members have a worthwhile experience.

4-H is known for events such as livestock shows and summer camping programs, but in the era of social distancing, the youth organization is having to adapt. One way to reach their clientele involves the use of digital technology.

According to 4-H agent Xavier Bell, “Social media is very big in getting the message out of what we are doing. Several parishes, a lot of parishes, are using virtual platforms to video chat with the youth and volunteers that we serve.”

They are also being flexible with many of their lesson plans and activity guides, allowing students to pick their preferred method of delivery.

“That way we can deliver the same lesson study plans, both in a virtual setting and a traditional setting. So, there’s going to be options,” Stephanie Gravois, an Ascension Parish 4-H agent, said. “We’re looking for more of a strong comeback in October, just to let the schools get into their new routines, get into their new schedules, but we’re not looking into our enrollment number to be hit too hard.”

4-H typically started there school club meetings in September, but with restrictions still in place, the plan is to start later. Gravois believes enrollment will be similar to previous years.

There are some technological hurdles to overcome, but the plan is for 4-H to still give its members a meaningful experience in a safe environment.

“‘Can we do this in a virtual format?’ and for those kids that might not have that option, ‘can we do this in person in a safe way that meets the guidelines that we have been set forth?,’” Bell said.

While it will look different, 4-H plans to hold in person events such as the annual state livestock show and shooting sports competition.

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