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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
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
“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
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
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.
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