Contributed by Alabama
Cooperative Extension System
As 4-H prepares for another club year amid pandemic surges, its main focus continues to be on Alabama’s young people. For more than 100 years, Alabama 4-H has empowered youth to use their heads, hearts, hands and health to become their best self and achieve their goals. After a year of social distance and separation, 4H is more prepared than ever to pour into Alabama’s youth.
These opportunities help develop accountability, cognitive skills, community pride, citizenship and leadership skills.
Molly Gregg, assistant director of Alabama 4-H, is confident that the adversities endured during the pandemic have made 4-H members stronger.
“The past year has taught us that our young people are resilient and courageous,” Gregg said. “They have the capacity to face the future with optimism, confidence and creativity regardless of the challenges before them.”
The Alabama 4-H club year officially began Aug. 2. 4-H is now accepting enrollment for the new club year. 4-H curriculums open new worlds of learning for young people seeking fun, adventure and knowledge.
“We invite all young people ages 9 to 18 to join 4-H,” Gregg said. “Let’s work together to learn, lead and make a difference in our communities.”
Each Alabama county has different programming opportunities available, both in-school and after-school programs are available. Find out what is happening by contacting the local Extension office and asking to speak to the local 4-H agent.
About Alabama 4-H:
Alabama 4-H is the state’s leading youth development organization. As a branch of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, 4-H agents work with young people in each of Alabama’s 67 counties. The organization uses regional Extension agents as well as community volunteers, corporate partners, alumni and parents to deliver educational programs. Animal science, healthy living, leadership, outdoor education, science and technology are among the plethora of activities 4-H offers. In addition to these activities, Gregg said 4-H provides experiences for youth to develop life skills. “The program has a commitment to helping young people thrive by providing opportunities to be healthy, caring and responsible,” Gregg said.
Contact your county Extension office to learn about local opportunities, or visit www.alabama4h.com for more information.