4-H Military Family Programs
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.
Kendra Moyses, 4-H Military State Liaison
Phone: (517) 432-7654
October 4, 2016 | Kendra Moyses | Learn ways to stay connected while service members are deployed and keeping them involved in the everyday routine.
April 6, 2016 | Abbey Miller | The Michigan 4-H Foundation has announced grant and award opportunities of up to $1,000 to support local 4-H clubs and county programs. 4-H volunteer leaders, members and staff members may apply for these funds.
April 6, 2016 | Kendra Moyses | On April 15, 2016, join Michigan 4-H Military Partnerships in wearing purple to show your support for our military families.
February 5, 2016 | Kendra Moyses | A new mobile app from Zero to Three helps military and veteran parents and caregivers support young children.
July 1, 2015 | Kendra Moyses | July is a great month to show your support and gratitude to those who protect and serve our country and communities.
July 1, 2015 | Kendra Moyses | Fireworks can be hard for combat veterans and service members, so be respectful when using them this July.
June 24, 2015 | Kendra Moyses | Being a military family can be overwhelming at times. Here are some resources that can help make things a little easier.
April 24, 2015 | Kendra Moyses | Tips to help you support children ages 12-18 while their service member is away.
March 17, 2015 | Kendra Moyses | Tips to help support children ages 6-11 while their service member is away.
February 17, 2015 | Kendra Moyses | Tips to help you support children ages 0-5 while their service member is away.
Apr 3, 2017 – Apr 7, 2017 | Max Thompson Family Resource Center, 11370 Hupp Ave, Warren, MI 48088
May 11, 2017 | Michigan State University
May 20, 2017 – May 21, 2017 | Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Dr., Tustin, MI 49688
Jun 21, 2017 – Jun 23, 2017 | Michigan State University Campus, East Lansing, MI 48824