Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University
Serving Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale & surrounding counties
Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Alabama A&M University
As America’s landscape slowly evolved from rural farmlands to bustling cities, the national Cooperative Extension system also expanded its outreach to develop programs and resources for urban and suburban audiences. These activities fall under the term Urban Extension, which is the primary focus for our unit. Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University:
- Provides impactful, relevant educational resources
- Advances urban and suburban communities, and
- Enhances the quality of life for residents.
Urban Center County Impacts
Based on the grassroots needs assessment for the Florence metropolitan statistical area, Alabama Extension provides educational resources that meet many state and county goals, such as STEM, child literacy, workforce development, and health.
We delivered 203 training sessions, 32 special events in the areas of 4-H and youth development, health and nutrition, environmental stewardship, and successful aging, which includes estate planning.
- Counties in Center – 3+
- Urban Extension Direct Contacts – 12,205
- Urban Extension Persons Served – 6,257
- Volunteer Service Hours – 2,046
- Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) – 4
2019-20 Florence Urban Center Impacts
Our educational initiatives help to meet many state and county goals such as STEM, child literacy, workforce development, and health. Our team made a shift to expand online learning to young and old alike. As the needs of our audiences, available funds, and the way in which people learn continue to evolve, you can count on Alabama Extension to be there – making a positive difference in the lives of the people we serve.
- 100 Parents learned skills to teach reading
- 572 People learned healthy living skills
- 810 Youth engaged in STEM activities
- 1,466 Older adults learned successful living strategies
- 415 Youth learned how to stop bullying behavior
- 810 Youth learned to resist drugs, alcohol, & tobacco
Urban Extension COVID-19 Specific Response
COVID-19 changed the way we disseminated information to our audiences. We quickly adapted by providing online learning opportunities and other resources on digital platforms such as Zoom, social media and our website (www.aces.edu).
- 48,473* views – Increased reach by expanding to online classes, learning videos, and virtual support.
- 16,122 participants – Developed live webinars to continue teaching Extension “in-person” class series.
- 70 digital products – Created digital products to manage home life during the pandemic.**
* Numbers provided only represent public sessions/web pages. They do not include private sessions held with partners, youth groups, and closed sessions that required registration. **Digital products like webinars, articles, activities, and videos addressed pandemic-specific consumer needs.
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Lauderdale County Extension Office
802 Veterans Drive Florence, AL 35630