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NEWS RELEASE

$6.7 Million Funds Projects for At-Risk Youth, Families

Release No. 0218.03

Alisa Harrison (202) 720-4623
Marti Asner (202) 720-8188

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2003—Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman today announced that more than $6.7 million will fund 13 new and 33 renewal projects under the National Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk (CYFAR) program.

“This Administration is committed to educating our children and assisting at-risk communities across the country,” said Veneman. “These funds will help develop critical information and resources to help families improve their quality of life through a variety of extension and outreach programs.”

Since 1991, CYFAR, administered by USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, has supported more than 600 communities in every state and territory. Land-grant university Cooperative Extension offices distribute CYFAR dollars to selected at-risk community sites in their states. The federal appropriation has been matched or sometimes exceeded by both public and private funding.

"I'm very pleased that this year's budget included more than $1.8 million to fund 13 new projects for at-risk children and their families," said Joseph Jen, under secretary for research, education and economics. "Over the years, CYFAR has proven to be very effective in reaching families at risk. We give credit to all the university extension offices and their many partners around the country that carry out this important program."

The 13 new projects for 2003 include:

ALABAMA: Auburn University, "Begin Education Early and Healthy: Strengthening Rural Alabama Families" ($149,995)

CALIFORNIA: The University of California, Oakland, "Partners Investing in Teens' and Children's Health" ($150,000)

COLORADO: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, "Colorado Organizing for Children: Youth and Families at Risk" ($150,000)

GEORGIA: University of Georgia, Athens, "Georgia Strong Families/Strong Communities" ($142,690)

HAWAII: University of Hawaii, Honolulu, "Networking, Collaborating and Partnering for Effective Community and Family Program" ($150,000)

MASSACHUSSETTS: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, "Expanding 4-H Youth Development in Massachusetts Communities" ($120,000)

NEBRASKA: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, "Communities Together Can" ($120,000)

NEW JERSEY: Rutgers, New Brunswick, "Cultivating Youth and Communities for Positive Futures" ($150,000)

NORTH DAKOTA: North Dakota State University, Fargo, "Building Connections" ($149,765)

OHIO: Ohio State University, Columbus, "Ohio Family and Youth Initiative" ($149,815)

OREGON: Oregon State University, Corvallis, "Oregon New Communities Project: Engaging Latino Youth and Families in Community-based Educational Programs" ($150,000)

PENNSYLVANIA: The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, "Youth Engaged in Technology" ($150,000)

WASHINGTON: Washington State University, Pullman, "Partners in Promoting Strengths" ($140,000)

Thirty-three ongoing CYFAR projects were renewed with $4.8 million of the total $6.7 million. Visit the CYFAR Web site for more information.