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4-H Military Families
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. 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.
Operation: Military Kids (OMK)
OMK is a collaborative effort with America’s communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment.
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
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 and Operation: Military Kids Book List
- 4-H Military Family and Family Book Sheet QR Code Project Information
- 4-H Military Family Book Sheets
Check back often as new resources are added monthly!
Where Can I find a 4-H Military Partnership program or event?
All counties have access to the 4-H Military Partnerships program. Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) is divided into 13 districts across the state. To find a program or event near you, visit the MSU Extension Events website or contact the Military State Liaison or 4-H Military Project Director (below) at MSU Extension.
B’Onko Sadler, Military State Liaison
Phone: (517) 432-7618
Kendra Moyses, 4-H Military Project Director
Phone: (517) 432-7654