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High school students sit together working on a STEM experiment. State map showing program coverage area.

Serving Limestone and Madison counties.

Urban Center by Numbers

  • Contacts: 11,654
  • Indirect Contacts: 77,763 
  • FTEs: 3

Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University

In 2020, Alabama Extension at AAMU did what most organizations did – adapted in-person programs to online learning opportunities on various digital platforms. We even taught older residents how to use Zoom to reduce social isolation and loneliness brought on by COVID-19.

As a result, we reached audiences of all ages. Although COVID-19 still impacts the way we do business, take this opportunity to explore other virtual programs that Alabama Extension offers.

Urban Extension County Impacts

In 2020, county Extension staff in the Huntsville metro area implemented 146 face-to-face and 193 online training sessions and 9 special events.

Program participants learned research-based best practices in the areas of workforce development, health and nutrition, urban agriculture, 4-H and youth development, money management, environmental stewardship, and family and child development.

General Impact Info

Due to COVID-19, county program impacts primarily reflect online activities.

  • 232 older adults learned videoconferencing skills.
  • 46,900 pounds of food were distributed to over 500 families.
  • 464 teachers saved $101 each to implement STEM gardening lessons.
  • 152 landowners were willing to implement goat and forestland practices.
  • 157 Hispanic youth and adults learned healthy living practices.
  • 2812 youth developed leadership, STEM, and healthy living skills.
  • 1,220 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs were collected by local law enforcement agencies from drug take back drive and prescription drug boxes.

For more impacts: www.aces.edu/go/stateimpacts

2020-21 Impacts

Our educational initiatives meet many state and county goals, such as increasing student participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects and careers, improving student reading skills, enhancing job search skills, and encouraging people to adopt healthier lifestyles.

Find us Online

Alabama Extension Calendar: www.aces.edu/calendar

Alabama Extension at AAMU Facebook: www.facebook.com/AlabamaExtensionAAMU

Urban Extension Products/Programs: www.aces.edu/blog/category/urban-extension/products-programs-urban/

State Office

Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Alabama A&M University
4900 Meridian Street
Huntsville, AL 35810
Phone: (256) 372-5710

Madison County Extension Office

Charles Stone Agricultural Center
819 Cook Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: (256) 532-1578
Sinead Lounmala, County Extension Coordinator

What’s new in Urban Extension?

  • In October 2021, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony marked the launch of two new mobile labs for nutrition and STEM Education. For more information, contact Dr. Kimberly Holmes at ksh0035@aces.edu or (256) 690-4614.
  • By hiring new staff, we were able to resume programming efforts in entrepreneurship and goat and sheep production systems.
  • The unit launched a new campaign called AL Voices for Vaccines funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department of Agriculture. This project explores why people are reluctant to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Learn more at www.aces.edu/blog/tag/voices-forvaccines/.

 

Visit www.aces.edu/go/directory for a listing of additional Alabama Extension offices and staff.

 


New January 2022, 2020-21 Impacts: Urban Center – Huntsville

 

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