Monday, June 19

Youth Voice, Youth Choice: Ambassadors for Healthy Living

Youth enjoy smoothies at the Land-Grant Campus' tent after the 'Breaking the Barriers" baseball clinic and team exhibits on May 20, 2017.

Baton Rouge, La. On May 20, 2017 several employees of the SU Land-Grant Campus served as volunteers for the Walmart Foundation funded 4-H program “Youth Voice, Youth Choice,” which teaches healthy living practices to under served youth through its Ambassadors for Healthy Living Program.   This year, the campus partnered with Louisiana Youth Sports Network to teach youth about living healthy through diet and exercise. The Land-Grant Campus volunteers registered over 200 youth, ages 9-15 for the Louisiana Youth Baseball program.  Youth also participated in "Breaking the Barriers" baseball clinic and team exhibits.
In addition, youth visited the Land-Grant Campus' tent, where they enjoyed nutritional smoothies, learned about healthy and tobacco free living, and engaged in physical fitness by riding the smoothie maker bicycle.
Kelli Hollins,  Extension Associate/EBR Youth Voice, Youth Choice Agent; Dr. Tiffany Franklin, Project Coordinator; Dr. Marlin Ford, Assistant Professor;  De’Shoin York, Nutrition Program Leader; Zanetta Augustine, Extension Associate;  and Bernice Carter, Community Encourager with the Communities of Color Network (CoC) along with the Vice Chancellor for Extension and Outreach, Dr.  Dawn Mellion-Patin volunteered during the event.

MANNRS student, Keira Augustine and advisor, Jeremy Hendrix with the Louisiana Department of Ag and Forestry also volunteered and assisted youth with registration and smoothie making.

For more information on Youth Voice, Youth Choice Ambassadors for Healthy Living, contact Kelli Hollins at 225-771-5782 or

To volunteer with the Louisiana Youth Sports Network, contact the organization’s Director Leroy Hollins II at 225.308.1147, via email at or visit


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