October 2017
Youth Matters

Pledging Heads, Hearts, Hands and Health

2017-2018 Alabama 4-H State Ambassadors

Taylor Keel and Gabriel Hamm were recently inducted as 2017-2018 Alabama 4-H State Ambassadors at the Alabama 4-H Center in Columbiana. Nineteen remarkable teenagers from across Alabama pledged their Heads, Hearts, Hands and Health to positive youth development and leadership throughout the course of the upcoming year. 

Taylor Keel


Gabriel Hamm

Keel (representing Houston County) is a high school junior and active in the Houston County 4-H Council. She has been a member of the 4-H Debate Team and was also a Regional 4-H Ambassador this past year. She started the Special Needs 4-H Club in 2015 to serve youth with medically diagnosed special needs in Houston County. This led to a regional outreach where she and her club currently serve youth and adults at the Vivian B. Adams School in Dale County. She is active with numerous community service projects and has been a Buddy with the Dothan Miracle League for the past three years. She volunteers at special events at Landmark Park, Tractor Supply and the National Peanut Festival, and is a past member of the Wiregrass Kings Volleyball Team. 

Hamm (representing Henry County) is a junior at Houston County High School and active in the Henry County 4-H Council, Cluck-A-Lot 4-H Poultry Club, 4-H Debate Team and a returning Alabama 4-H State Ambassador. He’s participated in many leadership and community service projects and met earlier this year with Alabama Congressional Representatives in Washington to discuss the value and importance of agricultural education. He volunteers with the Columbia Fire and Rescue and at special events at Landmark Park, Tractor Supply and the National Peanut Festival. He is also a member of his high school’s FFA chapter, marching band and the Alabama Young & Adult Farmer’s Education Association. 

The Alabama 4-H State Ambassadors represent a prestigious youth leadership body, responsible for supporting the vision and mission of Alabama 4-H in promoting county, regional and statewide programs and activities. 4-H State Ambassadors assist with innovative community service projects, and also plan and implement the state’s premiere leadership program (Mid-Winter Teen Retreat) for youth 14 to 18 years old. 

For more information on 4-H teen leadership programs, contact me at 334-794-4108.


Doug Summerford is an 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent.