The Cullman County Commission recently recognized Alabama Extension professionals for their outstanding service to the county’s 4-H program. The county staff received the Crystal Clover, which recognizes it as a 4-H Centennial Youth Initiative County.
Alabama Extension Associate Director Dr. Paul Brown presented the award and medals of excellence to the 4-H Team.
“We established the Centennial Youth Initiative in 2014,” Brown said. “We asked each county to put together a county 4-H team to develop a plan of work for the future that would get young people engaged as we move forward.”
County Commissioner Garry Marchman presented a proclamation honoring Cullman County 4-H accomplishments.
“On behalf of the Cullman County Commission and as a former 4-H er, I want to express our appreciation for the efforts of the Cullman County Extension team in achieving CYI status. We deeply appreciate their commitment to the youth of Cullman County and look forward to the continued growth of the 4-H youth program,” he said. More than 1,500 youth were involved in Cullman County programs last year.
In addition to the award of CYI county status, James Conway will be assigned as the full-time 4-H Club Foundation regional agent for Cullman County. The funding for this agent is provided by Alabama Extension and the 4-H Club Foundation.
“This new CYI status is going to allow us to increase our 4-H efforts in the county,” said Tony Glover, county Extension coordinator. “We will be able to expand our 4-H programs to additional schools in the county and reach more youth.”
Cullman County is one of 22 counties in Alabama designated as a CYI county.
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 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