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Extension/4-H Support for Military Youth and Family Programs

NIFA has developed partnerships with the Army, Air Force and Navy to support youth and family programs on installations around the world. With the support of 4-H extension professionals, military staff provide strong educational programs so that military men and women can pursue their critical, high risk assignments knowing that their children are in safe and nurturing environments.

The State 4-H Military Liaison is a 4-H Youth Development professional designated by the State 4-H Leader to serve as liaison between Army, Air Force, and Navy Installations, National Guard and Reserve Units, county 4-H staff, and NIFA. Liaisons coordinate 4-H support to all military youth in the state and work with county staff to connect military children to 4-H clubs in their communities as well as those offered on installations. Locate your state 4-H Military Liaison.

4-H clubs provide quality educational experiences to military youth using research based curricula in photography, arts, computer technology and citizenship for military youth ages 5-19. 4-H clubs have been established on nearly every Army and Air Force installation world wide, while 4-H clubs in communities have opened their doors to military youth living off post as well as youth of National Guard and Reserve families. As a parent's military role causes frequent family moves, 4-H clubs provide predictability and stability throughout the military child's life.

Extension provides resources and programs in a wide variety of subject areas that can benefit military staff as they serve their youth and families. CYFERnet reviews and posts appropriate resources and materials and offers web-based trainings on topics relevant to professionals working with military children and youth.

Visit these sites for more information about our military youth and family partnership programs and contact information.

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