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State 4-H Horse Show July 6-10

The Alabama State 4-H Horse Show is set for July 6 through 10 in Montgomery at Garrett Coliseum.  Approximately 300 youth from across the state are expected to compete. The week of events will begin Monday with the judging contest, followed by hunt seat competition on Tuesday, saddle horse competition on Wednesday, dressage competition on Thursday and Western competition on Friday. ... Read More »

Winners Announced in 2015 4-H Dairy Poster Contest

The Alabama 4-H Dairy Poster Contest provides an opportunity for boys and girls to learn more about dairying and dairy nutritional facts. The contest encourages youth and others to take advantage of the benefits related to consumption of dairy products. While learning more about the dairy industry and dairy products, contestants can enjoy competition with others in local, county and ... Read More »

Alabama 4-H Summer Camp 2015 Preview

“The Alabama 4-H Summer Camp 2015 will host  seven sessions during the month of June, each lasting 2.5 days,” said Marisol Clark,  Alabama 4-H Science School program coordinator. “This year’s camp theme is HAWAII! As campers arrive they will be welcomed with a green or white lei.” Campers ages 9 to 14  will get the opportunity to experience everything camp has to offer. Each group will ... Read More »

Forest in the Classroom

Fourteen Mobile County Schools are participating in the 4-H enrichment program, Classroom in the Forest, Forest in the Classroom. This program is designed to expose young children to the forest environment and teach them about caring for and protecting Alabama’s forests. Alabama Extension agents teaching the curriculum visit grades kindergarten to fifth grade periodically throughout the school year, with every ... Read More »

Alabama’s Chick Chain Project Expanding to Florida

Alabama has had great and growing success with the Chick Chain project since 2013. Now, other states are taking notice and adopting the program to their 4-H programs as well. Florida 4-H is taking on the Chick Chain project after seeing how beneficial and successful it was in Alabama’s 4-H program. The Chick Chain project is a program targeted at ... Read More »

Social Media and Young People–Preventing Negative Effects

Imagine a dinner table surrounded by a family of five in the 1950’s, 60’s or even the 90’s. It includes every family member sharing stories, life lessons and laughter. Now imagine a dinner table in this decade. It is spread out, less interested, and some if not all members are participating in activities through a media outlet. Media has changed ... Read More »

Shooting Sports Championships Preview

Each year the Alabama 4-H program hosts the 4-H S.A.F.E Shooting Sports Championships. The months of March, April, May, July and August are full of excitement and competition as shooters prepare to compete for the title of State and National champions. With competitors ranging in age from 9 to 18, hundreds of 4-H club members “shoot for gold” each year. Conducted as positive youth ... Read More »

Project Pig Squeal Growing Youth

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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 »