4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. For more than 100 years, Alabama 4-H has been helping young people develop into resourceful citizens and responsible leaders.
Alabama 4-H is part of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and uses regional Extension agents as well as community volunteers, corporate partners, alumni and parents to deliver youth development programs in all 67 counties.
Today, Alabama 4-H engages with more than 178,000 youth. It seeks to empower them with the skills to lead their communities and grow into future leaders.
New Challenges, New Opportunities
The Alabama 4-H Center is at capacity. For several years, 4-H members have been put on a wait-list to attend signature overnight programs and events and the 4-H Center. There is not enough facility space to accommodate multiple groups at the same time.
To respond to these challenges, the Alabama 4-H Foundation has launched “The Center of It All,” a capital campaign for Alabama 4-H.
It focuses on expanding the infrastructure at the 4-H Center to help the program deliver its mission of providing hands-on learning experiences for all Alabama youth.
The campaign goal is $9.9 million.
About the 4-H Center
The 4-H Center is located in Columbiana, Alabama. It is part of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University, and is the premier environmental education program in Alabama. It is the only conference center located in the pristine, natural environment of Alabama.
- More than 500,000 people have visited the 4-H Center since it opened 40 years ago.
- The facility features a hotel, science school, conference facilities and dining facilities. It is ranked 11th among the top 25 meeting and convention facilities in the Birmingham Metro area.
- The 4-H Center offers single day learning programs, overnight environmental education experiences, and 4-H camps.
- More than 147,000 young people have participated in Science School learning activities at the center.
It is a center of science and technology.
- As a state rich in potential opportunities for employment in STEM fields, Alabama 4-H is supporting workforce needs now and in the future.
- Since it started, 147,000 young people have participated in Science School learning activities.
- 35,000 young people across the state expressed interest in science, technology, engineering, math, robotics, woodworking, rocketry, aerospace, GIS/GPS, and use of a Mobile Tech Lab in 2019.
- 4-H is the only statewide organization positioned to meet this need.
How You Can Support
Building on a 40-year tradition, new kitchen and dining facilities, lodging facilities, and special programs and relationships will be added to enhance the center experience for youth and adults.
The Alabama 4-H Foundation needs your support to meet that goal and ensure a spot for everyone at the 4-H Center.
Text AL4H to 41444 to make a gift or visit www.thecenterofitall.org for more information about the campaign.