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The beginning of the school year in Alabama also signals the start of the year for the state’s largest youth development organization – 4-H. DSC_0029

With 1,700 clubs offering diverse educational opportunities to more than 92,000 youth, Alabama 4-H is in its 104th year offers programming to interest any youth. From traditional agriculture and animal husbandry programs, to robotics, natural resources and the arts,   4-H has programs of interest for all youth.

4-H is offered in every Alabama county through the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

“Alabama 4-H offers a variety of programming in every county so a youth is only limited by their interest and passion,” says Lamar Nichols, assistant director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System for 4-H and Youth Development.

National research is proving that 4-H makes an impact on youth, families and communities. Results of an ongoing study by Tufts University show that youth in 4-H:

  • Are more civically active and make more civic contributions to their communities,
  • Report better grades and are two times more likely to plan to go to college,
  • Are shown to have significantly lower drug, alcohol and cigarette use than their peers.

There is no membership fee in 4-H, and most programs are offered IMG_6421at no- to low-cost. “Alabamians see the value of 4-H programs and know, with the great work of our regional 4-H Extension agents, county staff and volunteer leaders, we are building belonging, independence, generosity and mastery in today’s young people,” Nichols adds.

4-H offers unique adult mentorship as clubs are led by adult volunteers as well as Extension educational professionals. Another plus about 4-H is its link to land-grant universities nationwide, something no other youth development organization offers. The mission of 4-H is to empower young people to reach their full potential.

Alabama 4-H is open to youth between the ages ofDSC_0260 9 and 18 and offers many types of clubs:

· In-School, which provides   4-H educational materials and projects for teachers and volunteers to use in classes;

· Community 4-H clubs, which can service a wide age range of 4-H’ers with many members enrolling in projects according to their interests; and

· Special interest clubs, such as shooting sports, livestock judging, Junior Master Gardner or a particular need in their community.

Clover Bud programs are offered to youth ages 5-8.

In addition to clubs, Alabama 4-H’ers can take part in a wide variety of activitIMG_0131ies offered by the community, county and state, including workshops, achievement programs, camps, tours and competitive events. There are also national trips for youth who excel in leadership and citizenship skills, including Citizenship Washington Focus, National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference.

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


Comments

  Chapronica Long

11/7/2012 10:17 AM
I need more information for my join to join and participate in 4H please.

Patti Dailey

3/14/2013 10:38 AM
My son is 8 years old, we live in Warrior, AL and he would like to becomea4- H'er.

Can you please send me some information?
Thanks
Patti