Need a support system while your service member is deployed?
In 1995 the Department of Army and United State Department of Agriculture formed a partnership designed to help Extension/4-H impact new audiences and help the Army meet its mission of providing predictable, consistent youth programs on Army installations worldwide. In the past 15 years, three program components have emerged. The goal of the partnership is to build a strong foundation in our military children and youth so that they possess the necessary life skills to be successful and lead a productive life as well as navigate the special circumstances of being a military connected youth. This is done through hands-on, experiential projects, experiences and opportunties.
4-H/Army Youth Development Project The 4-H/Army Youth Development Project (4-H/AYDP) has evolved into a model program of cooperation between Federal agencies. Through the 4-H/AYDP, 4-H National Headquarters and Army Child, Youth and Schools Services (CYSS) partner to provide predictable, quality youth programs and introduce 4-H to Army installations worldwide. Recognizing the skills and knowledge that 4-H is known for, Army CYS Services has partnered with 4-H professionals from around the nation to develop a variety of youth and professional development resources available at: http://www.4-hmilitarypartnerships.org. The partnership links resources of the land grant university Extension system to Army youth programs in pursuit of their common mission for positive youth development experiences for children and youth wherever they live.
Military 4-H Clubs
As military families move frequently and experience the difficulties surrounding lengthy and frequent deployments, 4-H provides predictable programming and a safe and nurturing environment for military kids.
National 4-H Headquarters relies upon the land grant university Extension system across the country to build strong partnerships with military services to provide technical assistance and training for military staff and to establish 4-H clubs for military youth living on and off installation. In addition, 4-H seeks to serve those children whose parents are serving in the National Guard and Reserve and live in communities with little or no military presence.
Military Family Resources
Visit the Resources section on the bottom of this page for materials that can be used to support military families such as:
- Military Family Resources: Articles and Fact Sheets (topics include deployment support, understanding military culture, working with military youth)
- 4-H Military Partnership Book List
- 4-H Military Family and Family Book Sheet QR Code Project Information
- 4-H Military Family Book Sheets
- Check out MSU Extension’s video based resources on the MSU Extension Early Childhood YouTube channel. Topics of videos include: friendship skills, communication, developing independence, cooperation, misbehavior, early literacy, sibling relationships and much more. New video topics are added freqently!
Where Can I find a 4-H Military Partnership program or event?
Michigan State University Extension is divided into 14 districts across the state. To find a program or event near you, visit the MSU Extension Events website or contact the Military State Liaison (below) at MSU Extension.
Katelyn Golembiewski, 4-H Military State Liaison
Phone: (586) 469-5979