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The Marshall County Commission recognized Alabama Extension professionals for their outstanding service to the county’s 4-H program May 25. The county received the Crystal Clover, which recognizes Marshall County as a 4-H Centennial Youth Initiative County.

As Alabama Extension Director Dr. Gary Lemme presented  the award and medals to the 4-H Team, Commission Chairman James Hutcheson said the Commission was proud of the work 4-H is doing and to “keep up the good work.”

Eddie Wheeler, county Extension coordinator for Marshall County, said “The Marshall County 4-H team did not get to this point by ourselves. This designation as a 4-H Centennial Youth Initiative County is the result of a lot of hard work and dedication to 4-H.” “We are appreciative for the support and contributions of our partners. Marshall County 4-H is strong because of the support of our partners,” he said.CYI-1.jpg

Marshall County is one of 22 counties in Alabama designated as a CYI county.

In addition to the award of CYI county status, the county will be assigned 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. 

Lemme said that the Marshall 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. More than 1,000 youth were involved in Marshall County programs last year.

“It’s an honor to work with these Extension professionals and see firsthand the impact that they are making in the lives of youth in Alabama,” said Lemme. “They have accomplished a lot, which I am certain will im pact 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​