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Generating Positive Parent-Teen Relationships

Parenting teenagers is full of ups and downs. As children get older, they seek independence and battle against their parents for control of their lives. Struggles between parents and teens can be difficult to overcome, but experts say there are various tips that can lead to uplifting relationships with your teen. Bretia Gordon, a family and child development regioinal agent with ... Read More »

FAWN Program Benefits Youth

teachers teaching at FAWN

While Alabama isn’t the concrete jungle New York City might be,  many middle school students in Alabama still don’t know about the diverse terrain that surrounds them. Alabama 4-H adopted the Forestry Awareness Week Now program, FAWN, to teach young people about the world around them. FAWN’s goal is to open the eyes of youth in Alabama to the forest environment. “The program originated ... Read More »

Alabama 4-H’ers Hit Atlanta for National 4-H Congress

National 4-H Congress

While families across the state get ready for Thanksgiving and the famous Iron Bowl, a group of Alabama 4-H club members are preparing for the 2014 National 4-H Congress. The youth will be missing the tail end of their Thanksgiving break with family and friends along with one of the most talked about football games of the year – there may ... Read More »

4-H Goes High-Tech with Digital Badges

Youth participating in Rockets to the Rescue!

4-H got an upgrade with the use of digital badges for their National Youth Science Day experiment, Rockets to the Rescue! 4-H National Youth Science Day connected thousands of youth across the country through a mutual experiment. 4-H NYSD began in 2008, and since then over 5 million youth have participated in experiments from robotics to alternative energy. “It gets kids ... Read More »

Livestock Judging Teaches Youth Life Skills

4-H livestock judging competitors

The Alabama 4-H livestock judging program not only teaches young people how to evaluate the best animal, but it also instills important life skills in today’s youth. Stanley Windham, assistant director of Program Operation Innovations at the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and former livestock judging coach, explained that preparation is key for competitions. “Teams start to practice in April and continue into June by ... Read More »

Volunteer the Time to Make a Difference

4-H volunteers

A little time can go a long way and make all the difference in youth programs across the South. Time spent inspiring and teaching youth to become contributing members of society  is something all 4-H volunteers take to heart. Holly Hirsbrunner, a Junior Master Gardener (JMG) volunteer in Cullman County, has been taking time out of her days to contribute to ... Read More »

Why 4-H?

2014 Alabama 4-H Council

While most children are watching television, Instagramming or playing sports, 4-H youth across the nation are improving their social, academic and leadership skills through hands-on activities and team-building exercises. Ever wondered what the name “4-H” means? The four “H’s” stand for Head, Heart, Hands and Health. As any 4-H’er could recite, the national oath is, “I pledge my Head to ... Read More »

4-H: The Place for Children and Teens

Your Place: Alabama 4-H

Parents want children and teens involved in activities that build skills and knowledge. Young people want activities that are fun and offer variety. The answer—Alabama 4-H. Extension professionals across the state are working closely with adult and youth advisory groups to ensure that 4-H in every county is an exciting and fun place for young people aged 9 to 18 ... Read More »

District 11 App Teaches Do’s and Don’ts of Nature

Download to play

Many of today’s youth are technologically savvy, but lack knowledge of the world on the other side of the computer screen. Alabama Extension addresses this with their new  application “District 11”, available for free download from iTunes. Tributes Charged With Saving District 11 Players are greeted by mentor and guide Gideon, who explains that District 11 has been stricken with a mysterious illness. ... Read More »

Alabama 4-H Icon Honored for her Service to Extension, 4-H and Country

Ann Barr, known as the “Spirit of Alabama 4-H,” was recently honored during a celebration at Azalea Place in Auburn for her 43 years of service to Alabama Extension and 4-H, and her years of military service. A plaque honoring Barr was placed at the base of a new flag pole at Azalea Place. Retired 4-H colleagues Tony Dozier, Bob ... Read More »