4-H Military Partnerships
4-H Military Partnerships create opportunities and provide support to military connected youth whether they live on or near an installation, in our communities, or on overseas installations. 4-H clubs and opportunities provide consistency in belonging and an opportunity to develop life skills through a positive youth development framework. The 4-H Program is built upon four 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. 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 connected children and youth.
The 4-H Military Partnerships represent a collaboration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Defense, Military Community and Family Policy, Army Child, Youth and School Services, Air Force Child and Youth Programs, Navy Child and Youth Programs, Coast Guard, and National Guard Bureau. Land Grant Universities partner with Active Duty installation programs and National Guard and Reserve to support children and youth in their local 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 at USDA. The Liaison serves as a coordinator with these partners in support of research based programming for military connected children, youth, and families.
We welcome you to the 4-H Military Partnerships website. 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.