AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – As 4-H begins another club year, the 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.
Even in the midst of COVID-19, 4-H is offering opportunities for young people. These opportunities help develop accountability, cognitive skills, community pride, citizenship and leadership skills.
Molly Gregg, assistant director of Alabama 4-H, said the program will be providing instruction in schools when possible and through distance education this club year.
“As it became clear we would be moving into a blended approach for program instruction because of COVID-19, the team put in a lot of effort to make sure activities would meet the needs of our young people,” Gregg said. “We want our youth to have another successful and memorable 4-H year.”
About Alabama 4-H
Alabama 4-H is the state’s leading youth development organization. It is a part of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and works 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, and science and technology are among the activities 4-H offers.
In addition to these activities, Gregg said 4-H provides experiences for youth to develop life skills. She says the program has a commitment to helping young people thrive by providing opportunities to be healthy, caring and responsible.
“4-H provides young people with opportunities to also build their capacity of becoming college and career ready,” Gregg said.
Alabama 4-H is currently accepting enrollment for the new club year. 4-H curriculums, publications and videos 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.”
Contact your county Extension office to learn about local opportunities, or visit www.alabama4h.com for more information.