February 2016
Youth Matters

4-H Extension Corner: Give to Grow Alabama 4-H in 2016


Alabama 4-H grows confident, capable and caring young people with the life skills to thrive in today’s world and to succeed in their boldest dreams for tomorrow.

Alabama 4-H’s many and varied programs provide experience and opportunities that prepare young people to be college- and career-ready, aspire to learn, stay active and learn to be leaders. Programs offered include science and technology, animals and agriculture, consumer sciences, leadership, citizenship, and environmental and outdoor science.

"Young people have an array of choices in their 4-H experience where individuality is valued, and each person is encouraged to discover his or her own skills, talents and interests," said Dr. Molly Gregg, assistant director for 4-H programs with Alabama Extension. "4-H also helps young people learn to make good decisions, think critically, build relationships, practice leadership, and develop a concern for their community and their world."

Alabama 4-H’s Give to Grow allows you to support 4-H.

With funding from county, federal and state sources declining and tax dollars only going so far, Alabama 4-H program relies on support from youth, families, Extension specialists and agents, volunteers, partners and donors to succeed.

"Join me in investing in the future of Alabama by making a charitable donation to expand 4-H opportunities to all youth of Alabama; they are our future leaders. The lessons our youth learn today in 4-H will benefit Alabama in the future. Thank you for your generosity and faith in the young people of Alabama," said Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Give to Grow 4-H donations help fund clubs, camps, enrichment programs and recognition of outstanding young people and adults who are leaders among their peers. When you give to 4-H, you enrich young lives through designated support of a project area, event, scholarship or improved facilities.

Your donation can provide the HOPE! You can:

  • Send a young person to camp;

  • Help a young person build a rocket;

  • Support and build new leaders;

  • Help a young person learn stewardship;

  • Send a young person outdoors to discover the wonder of nature; or

  • Prepare a young person to take action for today and tomorrow.

There are various ways to give to Alabama 4-H.

"Alabama 4-H opens so many doors for young people," said Paul Pinyan, chairman of the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc. "By supporting the Give to Grow campaign, you can help expand program opportunities for youth in every part of the state."

"When you Give to Grow Alabama 4-H, young people grow in confidence, responsibility, leadership and good citizenship. 4-H affords youth opportunities to learn by doing. Half the globe is under 25 years of age. We need their engagement like never before. There is a world of need out there, but also a world of opportunity. You can make a difference," Gregg added.

In 2014, more than 138,000 young people – 37,591 in 1,863 4-H clubs and 101,084 in 4-H events and activities, across the state – pledged their heads to clearer thinking, their hearts to greater loyalty, their hands to larger service and their health to better living.

Call the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc., office at 334-844-5536 with any questions.

4-H is the nation’s largest positive youth-development and youth-mentoring organization, empowering more than 6 million young people in the United States. As the youth development program of the Cooperative Extension System and USDA, 4-H serves every county and parish in the United States through a network of 110 universities and more than 3,000 county Extension offices.

Donna Reynolds is the communication editor of news and public affairs with ACES in Auburn.