AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – From healthy living to outdoor recreation, Alabama 4-H has something for every young person. In the midst of the coronavirus, 4-H is offering virtual activities on Facebook to keep young people engaged while at home.
Molly Gregg, assistant director of Alabama 4-H, says the team has put in a lot of effort to make this happen.
“As it became clear we were not going to meet face-to-face for longer than we had hoped, we decided we wanted to have a statewide approach to offer fun 4-H activities to all Alabama youth and families,” Gregg said. “The team jumped in to make that happen.”
The free video series launched Monday, April 20 at 9 a.m. on the Alabama 4-H Facebook page. A different 4-H theme will be promoted each week until mid-June.
In addition to sharing the virtual series on the Bibb County 4-H page https://www.facebook.com/bibbcounty4H/ the Bibb County 4-H team of Rita Dunn, Simon Carbone and Matt Hartzell is continuing its weekly 4-H County Roundup contests for two more weeks.
And Carbone, the 4-H Foundation Agent serving Bibb County, will collaborate with 4-H colleagues in central Alabama to provide Healthy Living programming for the series May 11-15. Contact Carbone directly for more information at 205-340-1159 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alabama 4-H members along with their families will have the opportunity to comment on what they learned and celebrate their successes each Friday during a virtual 4-H club meeting.
“Our goal is fun, engaging, activities 4-H’ers and families can do at home,” said Nancy Alexander, an Alabama Extension 4-H specialist. “Families are encouraged to post videos and photos in the comments.”
Virtual Program Schedule
“The virtual programs we are offering provide young people statewide an opportunity to try a new project,” Alexander said. “Not all counties offer the same clubs and projects, so this gives 4-H’ers an opportunity to try a little of everything 4-H has to offer.”
The following 4-H project areas will be featured:
Alabama 4-H Virtual Program Schedule
|April 20–24||Science, Technology and Engineering|
|April 27–May 1||Project Wild|
|May 4–8||Citizenship and Leadership|
|May 11–15||Healthy Living|
|May 18–22||Outdoor Recreation|
|June 1–5||Virtual 4-H Camp|
About Alabama 4-H
Alabama 4-H is the youth development organization of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. For more than 100 years, Alabama 4-H has been helping young people develop into resourceful citizens and responsible leaders. Today, Alabama 4-H engages with more than 161,000 youth. It seeks to empower them with the skills to lead their communities and also grow into future leaders. Visit www.alabama4h.com for more information.