About The 4-H Youth Program
People through Alabama’s 67 counties have the opportunity to access 4-H and Youth Development Program resources and expertise through the educational network provided by Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program (TUCEP) and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES). TUCEP’s 4-H and Youth Development is a component of the cooperative extension. Funding for TUCEP’s youth development programs is jointly provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state and county governments. Our youth development programs target underserved audiences.
Who Are The Underserved?
Anyone not currently involved in 4-H and youth development programming. The underserved population includes minority ethnic groups, low-income, and geographically isolated communities. TUCEP’s youth programming efforts are directed at removing those barriers associated with underserved communities not having access to youth programs.
4-H and Schools: A Great Partnership!
4-H projects are offered to youth through community clubs, project clubs, and special interest groups as enrichment to school curricula. Projects are based on research and many help support Alabama and National Academic Standards in science, environmental education, geography, family and consumer sciences, health, arts education, and many more!
Learning Life Skills
All of the 4-H and youth development projects help youth acquire knowledge in many different areas; however, every project provides opportunities for youth to practice life skills needed to become caring and contributing members of society. Communication, decision-making, problem solving, caring for others, and responsibility are a few of the skills emphasized.
4-H: It’s Hands-on
All of the 4-H projects are experiential. Research shows that youth learn 20 percent of what they read, 50 percent of what they see or hear, and 90 percent of what they do. Projects actively involve youth in hands-on activities.
Getting Started with 4-H
The individual project descriptions are enclosed in this folder. Some of the projects require a materials fee to cover the cost of supplies for the project. Others are free to schools. Contact your local county extension office for more information. A product catalog is enclosed for you to identify and select any curriculum that might interest your club, group or community. For a listing of TUCEP county offices visit the Tuskegee University website at www.tuskegee.edu/TUCEP
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