Now that the new school year is underway, it’s time to kick off 4-H re-enrollment and recruitment season.
Alabama 4-H reached 138,675 youth during the 2014-2015 club year. While membership is open all year, most re-enrollment and recruitment drives take place the first three months of the school year. Alabama 4-H Foundation agents conduct programs and activities in every county.
4-H Has Something for Everyone
“Fall is always exciting for 4-H, as we seek to enroll new members and adult volunteers for our clubs across the state. Whether youth between the ages of 9 and 18 live in a city, suburb or rural area, there’s something for them in 4-H,” said Dr. Molly Gregg, Alabama Extension assistant director for 4-H. “Alabama 4-H also is a place where youth can have fun and learn the skills they will need to be college and career ready.”
In 2015-2016, youth participated in community clubs, special interest clubs, in-school and after-school clubs. 4-H members and participants also are engaged in day camps, overnight camps, military youth camps, school enrichment programming and a host of other community-based events and activities.
“4-H is a great way for youth to meet other young people, learn from others, share what they know and expand their horizons,” Gregg added. “Our staff works with schools to provide 4-H educational materials that support Alabama’s State Department of Education’s Plan 20/20 for teachers and volunteers to use in classes. These programs supplement the school curriculum and provide students with the opportunity to “learn-by-doing” within one of the 16 state-defined career clusters.
4-H Leadership Opportunities
Youth enrolled in 4-H can take part in a wide variety of activities offered by the community, county and state. These include workshops, achievement programs, camps, tours, competitive events, exhibits, fairs, statewide conferences and national events such as National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference. National 4-H Congress focuses on leadership, work skill preparation and community service.
Family commitment in 4-H is flexible. There are community-based projects and clubs that are short term and some that last weeks, months and all year long.
Volunteers Important to 4-H
Parents’ role in 4-H is important too. Besides providing support for their own 4-H’ers, parents serving as 4-H adult leaders provide valuable learning experiences for youth. Alabama 4-H is always looking for volunteers to share their passions and talents with young people.
“Alabama 4-H has thousands of volunteers giving their time to address the needs and interest of Alabama’s young people. More than 1,300 volunteers work directly with youth. Others provide essential services to help the 4-H program operate so that more youth are reached and 4-H impact is greater.” Gregg said.
To join or re-enroll in Alabama 4-H. Go to www.alabama4h.com/join.
For more information on 4-H in Crenshaw county, contact 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent, Katie Lee.
Article by: Donna Reynolds