Air Force 4-H Military Partnership Project
AIMing HIGH for Air Force Families
The 4-H Air Force Partnership expands hands-on learning opportunities for Air Force youth, families and Youth Programs (YP) staff on installations and in the community. Since 4-H is located in every county in every state, it allows for easy access to resources, professional development and support for military 4-H Clubs and programs wherever a family is located. State Extension 4-H Military Liaisons foster partnerships between the 4-H County Educators and Air Force Youth Programs staff to create and sustain 4-H Clubs on Air Force installations and military clubs in the community; provide youth development training; and offer a variety of experiences for youth that develop critical 21st Century life skills. The 4-H/AF Partnership is dedicated to helping youth step up to the challenges of a complex and changing world by cultivating the next generation of leaders today.
Air Force Child and Youth Programs offer a wide range of educational programs, instructional classes and special events in a safe and fun environment supervised by caring and well-trained staff. The Air Force core program areas include: character & leadership development; the arts; youth sports, fitness, and recreation; health & life skills; and education & career development. 4-H programs and materials complement the Air Force core program areas and offer a variety of additional topics that meet the diverse interests of youth. The 4-H Air Force Partnership expands opportunities for military youth, families and staff in a collaborative effort that combines resources and utilizes the knowledge, expertise and assets of each partner. 4-H and Air Force Child and Youth Programs want to empower youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults in order to be catalysts for positive change.
Air Force Outreach
4-H staff work with Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve to offer camps to youth in Air Guard and Reserve service members. These camps are provided to communities where the youth live. The camps focus on the development of resilience with military connected youth and families through skill development in 1) making positive choices, 2) effective communication, 3) building connections/relationships, and 4) contributing to the health, growth, and well-being of self, family, community, nation, and the world.
In 2014, 1,724 youth, 443 Adult Family Campers, and 248 Military Families attended camps in 21 different states. Camps included: day camps, residential camps, and camps where the adult member of the family participated alongside the youth.
For more details on Air Force Child and Youth Programs, please visit: http://www.myairforcelife.com/Youth/InstallationYouthPrograms.aspx
For details about Air Force Teen Council, click here.
To learn more about Professional Development opportunities, click here.
The annual 4-H/Air Force Aim High Report provides a glimpse of the many programs being conducted by 4-H and Air Force.
Highlights to 4-H resources to assist with youth programming opportunities, staff development, and family support can be found in the Air Force 4-H Partnership Newsletters.
To view previous annual reports and newsletters, check out the archives.
If you have a question or would like more information about the 4-H Air Force Partnership, click here.