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AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – In the midst of the coronavirus, 4-H is still finding ways to connect with Alabama young people. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the program is adapting its delivery methods to include additional digital resources for at-home learning.
Molly Gregg, assistant director of Alabama 4-H, says this outbreak is not keeping 4-H from educating and engaging the state’s young people.
“We know it’s important to have fun learning activities to do at home, especially during this time of isolation,” Gregg said. “To keep youth engaged, 4-H is promoting projects, such as woodworking, baking, gardening, photography and more, online.”
In addition to website resources, the program recognizes the importance of social media among today’s young people. Each week, Alabama 4-H specialists are finding ways to promote hands-on learning activities through social media.
Staff are teaching science experiments, hosting scavenger hunts and showcasing animals from the Alabama 4-H Science School through Facebook videos. Gregg said just this week young people had the chance to learn about aquatic turtles after meeting Fred, the aquatic turtle at the 4-H Science School.
“It has been fun and rewarding putting together Facebook videos to get our young people involved with these activities,” said Karla Robinson, 4-H Foundation regional Extension agent from Conecuh County. “We have activities scheduled daily on Facebook for the upcoming weeks.”
Check out the Alabama 4-H Facebook page to see how you can get your youth active during this outbreak.
About Alabama 4-H
For more than 100 years, Alabama 4-H has been helping young people develop into resourceful citizens and responsible leaders. Today, Alabama 4-H engages with more than 161,000 youth. It seeks to empower them with the skills to lead their communities and also grow into future leaders.
Visit www.alabama4h.com for more information.