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On April 6, the Greene County Commission recognized Alabama Extension professionals for their outstanding service to the county’s 4-H program.  Alabama Congresswoman Terry Sewell was on hand to congratulate the 4-H team and celebrate its designation as a CYI county and Award of Excellence.

“It is an honor and a privilege for the Greene County 4-H Club Program to receive the Alabama Extension Centennial Youth Initiative Designation and Award of Excellence,” said Lovie Parks, Extension coordinator for the county. “This designation signifies that the 4-H Program in the county is addressing the needs of its youth today. We will continue to make 4-H the best program in Greene County.”

Paul Brown, Alabama Extension associate director, presented the Greene County Extension team with a Crystal Clover, which recognizes Greene County as a 4-H Centennial Youth Initiative county.  Greene County is one of 22 counties in Alabama designated as a CYI county.  

In addition to the award of CYI county status, Greene County, Elizabeth Yates was assigned as a full-time 4-H Club Foundation regional agent. The funding of this agent is provided by Alabama Extension and the 4-H Club Foundation. 

“It’s an honor to be able to work with these Extension professionals and see first-hand the impact that they are making in the lives of youth in Alabama,” said Brown. “They have accomplished a lot this year within the county’s 4-H programming, which I am certain will impact youth for years to come.”

The Centennial Youth Initiative (CYI) is committed to developing 4-H programs in Alabama to increase access so that more youth can participate in the program, and to enhance the learning experiences that are available to youth. The award is based on the following standards of excellence in Alabama 4-H programming:


  • Forming a unified Alabama 4-H team and program        
  • Utilizing consistent research-based curriculum resources
  • Diversifying delivery modes tailored to today's youth
  • Promoting plan-of-work development and teamwork at all levels
  • Aligning staff and position assignments to support program resources and delivery modes






Brown said that the Greene County program has excelled in forming a unified 4-H team and program, which has helped the staff diversify its delivery modes to better meet the needs of today's youth. 



Congresswoman Terri Sewell, center, joined by Greene County 4-H club members.