4-H Military Partnerships
As military families move frequently and experience the difficulties surrounding deployment and reintegration, 4-H provides predictable programming and a safe and nurturing environment for military kids.
The 4-H Military Partnerships create opportunities for military youth to participate in 4-H Clubs on and off installations, in local communities, and on overseas installations. 4-H Clubs provide consistency in belonging and an opportunity to develop life skills for military connected children and youth who move throughout the world. The partnership represents a collaboration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), 4-H National Headquarters, and Army Child, Youth and School Services, Navy Child and Youth Programs, and Air Force Child and Youth Programs. In 2013, 45 states and 2 territories support almost 53,000 military 4-H members on installations and in communities.
The 4-H Military Partnerships rely on Land Grant University Extension faculty, the "Extension 4-H Military Liaison," to serve as a link between the State Cooperative Extension system, Military Service Branches, and 4-H National Headquarters. This person serves as a coordinator with these partners in support of research based programming for military connected children, youth, and families.
The 4-H program is built upon the Essential Elements ensuring that youth feel a sense of belonging in a safe environment, develop independence in both group and individual work, share with others in the community through generosity, and develop a sense of mastery that continues throughout life as they practice and share what they have learned with others.
If you are a military family member, you will find resources that will link you to your State 4-H Office, current camp listings, and more about the overall 4-H Military Partnerships. If you are an educator and/or work with military families, you will find curriculum resources, links to your State 4-H Office, and more about the overall 4-H Military Partnerships. As an Extension 4-H Military Liaison, you will find corporate reports, information regarding camp grant opportunities, a variety of resources including curriculum and recorded webinars, and more about the 4-H Military Partnerships.