AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has the privilege of assisting Alabamians through a range of topics from agriculture to home life. The eight topics highlighted on the Extension website provide readily available, research-based information to farmers, families, businesspeople and gardeners across the state.
One of these sectors is the Alabama 4-H Program. Alabama 4-H assistant director Molly Gregg and leadership and citizenship specialist Joy Scott work to educate Alabama youth through their leadership in communities across the state.
What is 4-H?
Alabama 4-H serves as the premiere youth development program in the state. Available in every county, 4-H engages young people through hands-on activities to develop career and college preparatory skills. 4-H creates the context and content for positive youth development, subscribing to a set of essential elements characteristic of high quality youth development.
As assistant director, Gregg ensures that the more than 70 4-H staff members have the tools, resources and training to provide youth in Alabama with valuable experiences and opportunities. Through these experiences, they are able to explore their interests and discover opportunities to pursue.
“Alabama 4-H is for everybody, with fabulous staff and volunteers,” Gregg said. “It’s a place to belong.”
Scott oversees all leadership and citizenship programs. She also directs the 4-H Contest, National Leadership trips and State 4-H ambassadors.
Scott’s favorite aspect of 4-H is the diverse opportunities available for youth.
“We have programs from animal science to cooking, public speaking to stem,” Scott said. “Alabama 4-H is where every young person can find a special project or event that they will enjoy.”
To learn more about some of these opportunities and stay up to date with upcoming events, visit the Alabama 4-H events page.
4-H 4 Life
The 4-H staff is dedicated to upholding the following values for youth who participate in 4-H programming:
- Develop youth’s potential and lead in their communities.
- Gain access and engage in programs and opportunities.
- Engage youth in high quality, diverse and relevant learning opportunities.
- Surround youth with competent, prepared staff and volunteers.
- The Alabama 4-H system develops the capacity to effectively impact the lives of youth throughout the state.
Participation in an Alabama 4-H event, gives young people the opportunity to carry the experiences, values and relationships with them into their professional life.
To learn more about Alabama 4-H, visit their topics page on the Alabama Extension website, www.aces.edu.