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Project Pig Squeal Growing Youth

pig squeal

While many children and teenagers spend their free time riding bikes and playing Xbox, some  Alabama 4-H youth are using their free time bringing home the bacon. Participants from 11 counties across the state are participating in Project Pig Squeal, a 4-H program designed to teach the importance of safe food production through hands-on experience. Each member is responsible for raising ... Read More »

K.I.D.S. Gets Humvee to Aid in Disaster Education

In an ongoing effort to make homes safer, Alabama Extension has partnered with Troy University and the Pike County Emergency Management Agency to develop the Kids Instructed in Disaster Safety program. “We hope through this program we can reduce the impact of disasters by creating a more resilient community,” said Grant Lyons, Pike County Extension coordinator. The program was founded in early 2014, ... Read More »

Career Countdown for Alabama Youth

  HUNTSVILLE, AL. – Alabama’s youth are Alabama’s future. With this in mind, Alabama Cooperative Extension System agents throughout the state have built a Career Countdown program to encourage youth career development and education planning. According to Roger Richardson, an Alabama Extension economic and community development specialist at Alabama A&M University, the Career Countdown program is designed to help youth identify their ... Read More »

Simulated Reality Check Helps Students

There are many hard life lessons that cannot be effectively tought in the classroom. The perils of money mismanagement can drastically impact someone’s life. The fact of the matter is, there are many students who are not adequately taught how to manage their finances intelligently. The Alabama Cooperative Extension seeks to change this by using a hands-on financial literacy simulation ... Read More »

Anna Denison Awarded 2015 Ann Barr Honorary 4-H Club Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Auburn University freshman Anna Denison from Opelika has been awarded the Ann Barr Honorary 4-H Club Foundation Scholarship for 2014-15. Denison, an identical twin, has been involved in Alabama 4-H since age 9. She was a member of the Learning Clovers 4-H Club, where she served as secretary and vice president. She also was a member of the 4-H Horse ... Read More »

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 »