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2016-05-02 16.12.47.jpgOn May 2, the Cleburne County Commission recognized Alabama Extension professionals for their outstanding service to the county’s 4-H program.  The county was also given the recognition as a Centennial Youth Initiative County.
“Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said “the motto of 4-H is Making the Best Better, and that is exactly what Cleburne County has done.”  Dr. Lemme presented the Extension staff with a Crystal Clover Award and medals of excellence.
There are 687 youth involved in high quality 4-H programs in Cleburne County
In addition to the award of CYI county status, Cleburne 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. 
“There hasn’t been a fulltime 4-H agent in our county for decades,” so this new agent will come in handy,” said Debby Mathews, Extension coordinator for Cleburne County. The new agent will begin June 1. 
The Cleburne County program excelled in forming a unified 4-H team and program, which helped the staff diversify its delivery modes to better meet the needs of today's youth.
Twenty-two counties in Alabama have been designated as CYI counties.
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