4-H Is The Largest Youth Organization In Alabama
Four-H is the largest
youth organization in Alabama and in the United States. In Alabama, more
than 85,000 young people between the ages of 9 and 19 are involved in 4-H
clubs. National 4-H Week is October 6-12. It is a time to celebrate the
accomplishments of the more than 5.4 million American youth involved in
4-H throughout the country. The basic goal of all 4-H programs is the same:
to help young people be the best they
The four H's stand for head, heart, hands and health. 4-H'ers pledge their head to clearer thinking, their heart to greater loyalty, their hands to larger service and their health to better living for their club, community, country and world.
Organized clubs in
every county in the state, provide educational experiences for young people
through competitive and non-competitive activities. Four-H clubs are organized
neighborhood or school groups. There are several types of clubs, including
school enrichment programs, community or neighborhood summer clubs, special
interest clubs, year-round community clubs, school clubs and after-school
School Enrichment Programs meet during school hours. They add to what youth learn in school. Leaders may be Extension staff, trained volunteers or schoolteachers. Community or Neighborhood Summer Clubs meet during the summer, usually in members' homes.
Special Interest Clubs focus on areas of interest to 4-H'ers such as environmental stewardship, aerospace, beef cattle food preservation, etc. Year-round Community Clubs are usually organized by parents, members or adult leaders and are open to young people in a given community. Meetings are often held in members' homes, at schools, in clubhouses or at other meeting places in the community.
School Clubs may meet
at the elementary, middle, junior high or high school. Meetings are held
regularly during the school year. After-school Clubs meet after school
hours or on Saturdays. Meetings may be held
Program categories include citizenship and civic education, communications and expressive arts, consumer and family sciences, environmental education and earth sciences, healthy lifestyle education, personal development and leadership, plants and animals, and science and technology.
Four-H is a part of
the Alabama Cooperative Extension System which is made up of Alabama A
& M University and Auburn University. Tuskegee University is also a