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Institute of Youth, Family, and Community

IYFC supports the human and social components of NIFA’s food and agricultural sciences through research, education, and extension programs.  The institute’s programs support the socio-economic prosperity by strengthening individuals, families, and communities; providing resources for the next generation of food and agricultural scientists; and offering youth leadership experiences.


  • Prepare young people to be responsible citizens and change agents
  • Develop pragmatic solutions to recurring issues facing individuals, families, and communities
  • Strengthen the capacity of higher education institutions to develop and implement curricula and teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences as well as the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines


For Director and National Program Leader (NPL) contacts by Institute and Division, please visit the NIFA Institutes page.
For NPL contacts by Program, please visit the NIFA National Program Leaders page.

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