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Military Partnerships

NIFA partners with U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy personnel to support youth and family programs on military installations around the world. In addition to wise use of public resources, these collaborations promote mission readiness for soldiers and airmen and military women. With the support of 4-H extension professionals, military staff provide strong educational programs for children so that military men and women can pursue their critical, high-risk assignments knowing that their children are in safe and nurturing environments. 4-H clubs provide quality educational experiences using research-based curricula in photography, computer technology, arts, and citizenship for military youth ages 5 -19.

The goal is for military youth to join a 4-H club and to be able to continue their 4-H work wherever they move when their parents are deployed. Extension provides resources and programs in a wide variety of subject areas that can benefit military staff as they serve their youth and families. Each state 4-H leader has named a state 4-H military liaison to coordinate extension and military partnerships in the state and serve as a liaison for local installations, counties, and NIFA. The liaisons also provide guidance and assistance in establishing 4-H clubs and programs on military installations. See 4-H Military Partnerships Web site for more information.


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