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The Calhoun County Commission recognized Alabama Extension professionals for their outstanding service to the county’s 4-H program, and the county was awarded the status of being a 4-H Centennial Youth Initiative County March 24.

Paul Brown, Alabama Extension associate director, presented the County Commission Chairman and Calhoun County Extension Coordinator David West with a Crystal Clover and medallions of excellence to each person on the 4-H team. 

Calhoun County is one of 22 Alabama counties recognized with CYI status.

“Our goal is to help every county earn the Centennial Youth Initiative designation and to have a full-time agent working in every county,” Brown added.

“We are extremely grateful for the collaboration, support and contributions leading to this important achievement,” said West. “We appreciate our valued stakeholders in the county and the growing number of 4-H youth participants and volunteers who have made this achievement possible.”

In addition to the designation as a Centennial Youth Initiative (CYI) county, Calhoun County will be assigned a new full-time 4-H Foundation regional agent. Funding for the new agent is provided by Alabama Extension and the Alabama 4-H Foundation.

Dr. Gary Lemme, director of Alabama Extension, said the dedication that these Extension professionals have shown when working with 4-H in Calhoun County is very impressive.”  “They have accomplished a lot and fully exemplify the standards of excellence that are set out for this award.”

The CYI program is committed to developing 4-H programs in order to increase access so that more youth can participate in the program, and to enhance the learning experiences that are available to youth in Alabama. 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