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 sjc0032@aces.edu

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

Date Activity
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
May 25–29 Cooking
June 1–5 Virtual 4-H Camp
June 8–11 Agriculture

 

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.

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As the Bibb County Coordinator for Alabama Extension, Matthew D. Hartzell coordinates the implementation of all Extension programs in Bibb County in many program areas. These program areas include 4-H and Youth Development, Animal Sciences, Food Safety and Quality, Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resources, Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, Family and Child Development, Family Resource Management and Workforce Development, Commercial Horticulture, Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests, Farm and Agribusiness Management, and Community and Economic Development. Hartzell has served in his current position for 12 years and held primary program assignments in Community and Economic Development, Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, and Forestry Wildlife and Natural Resources.

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