Youth Development

ABOUT US

 

As the cycle of life continues with emerging issues across our state, it is imperative to ensure today’s youth are equipped with the basic developmental, social and organizational skills needed to become futuristic leaders. Through 4-H and Positive Youth Development programs, youth gain the knowledge and skills to ignite their passion for civic engagement, community stewardship, and decision-making processes..

 

OUR MISSION

 

Youth Development’s mission is to provide life-changing skills and opportunities to Louisiana youth with an overarching vision to enhance their lives by providing positive development in a safe and nurturing environment. While our services are extended to all youth, there is a particular focus on socially disadvantaged communities and vulnerable groups, as there is generally limited access to viable resources.As the cycle of life continues with emerging issues across our state, it is imperative to ensure today’s youth are equipped with the basic developmental, social and organizational skills needed to become futuristic leaders. Through 4-H and Positive Youth Development programs, youth gain the knowledge and skills to ignite their passion for civic engagement, community stewardship, and decision-making processes.

OUR SERVICES

 

In keeping with the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center’s mission to connect citizens across the state with the essential tools necessary to encourage individual and collective success, our programs currently serve youth throughout the state of Louisiana. Innovative, pedagogical strategies are provided to diverse audiences in healthy living, college and career readiness, juvenile justice delinquency intervention and prevention, development of school gardens using cost-efficient methods in food deserts, 4-H, and incisive, empirical positive youth development. Moreover, over 50 young adults across Louisiana have been trained and currently serve as Ambassadors for Healthy Living. These ambassadors assist with leading program initiatives and encourage younger youth to make healthier, holistic behavioral changes. Inclusive of interdepartmental and collaborative efforts, we aim to eliminate barriers so youth across Louisiana will realize Healthy Options that Promote Excellence (HOPE)!

 

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