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Alabama 4-H has hit a significant enrollment record this fall, providing youth educational programs to more than 100,000 youth statewide. Fall enrollment is currently 107,246 members, making 4-H one of the largest youth development organizations in Alabama.

“Alabama parents and youth are seeing youth development in action through 4-H,” sayDSC_0053s Lamar Nichols, assistant director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System for 4-H and Youth Development. “Alabama 4-H offers a variety of programming in every county so a youth can participate in their interests and passions.”

In Alabama, there are more than 1,400 clubs, with 58 percent being in-school, agent-led. Fourteen percent of all clubs are volunteer-led.

The most popular 4-H educational programs are natural resources, healthy lifestyle and nutrition, and Junior Master Gardner, a youth gardening program.

Alabama 4-H has more than 2,700 volunteers giving more than 96,000 hours of service worth $2.1 million (monetary value of volunteer time is $21.79 per hour as calculated by the Independent Sector).

A national, ongoing study since 2002 by Tufts University showcases what Alabamians know — that 4-H plays a vital role in the lives of young people. The structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that young people receive through 4-H plays a vital role in helping them achieve future life successes.

This in-depth study has found that, when compared to other youth, young people invIMG_0200olved in 4-H have higher educational achievement and motivation for future education; make healthier choices related to health and safety because of the education experiences they receive through 4-H; excel in school and in science education; and are more civically active and make more civic contributions to their communities.

In addition to clubs, Alabama 4-H’ers can take part in a wide variety of activities offered in communities and counties throughout the state, including workshops, achievement programs, camps, trips and competitive events.

For more information about becoming a 4-H’er, contact a county Extension office, or go online to www.Alabama4H.com.

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Floyd Craig

3/5/2013 10:26 AM
Good to see this. Maybe all the efforts to promote 4-H membership actually paid off from billboards to the enewsletter, to feature articles and all the good articles by Janet McCoy. It takes time for such efforts to soak in on folks. All the best.