CYFAR Directory

Alabama: Parent and Child Reading Enhancement Program

Brief Site Description: Focuses on developing parents' skills sets and knowledge regarding reading strategies and techniques so they can impact the cognitive, emotional, and social development of children 4-9 years of age. Date award was granted (first year): September 2014 CYFAR Coach: Autumn Guin

Alaska: Fostering Youth Towards a Revolution of Responsibility

Brief Site Description: CYFAR program has partnered with Juvenile Justice and Office of Children's Services in Fairbanks to provide life skills and workforce development for teens ages 14-18 who are going on parole or aging out of the foster care system. Project Focus: Fostering Youth towards a Revolution of Responsibility (FYRR) focuses on workforce and life skill development through increased competence, confidence, connection, character, caring and compassion. These are essential life skills for positive contributions to self, family, community, and the institutions of a civil society. Grounded in the National 4-H Program Logic Models for Healthy Living and Social-Emotional Health and Well-Being, YYRR's long-term goal seeks to reduce the homeless rate of teens aging out of state custody through developing the skills necessary to enter the workforce, especially in technology fields, and to be healthy, productive, effective adults. Date award was granted (first year): September 2014
Common Measures:
Workforce Preparation
Target Audience:
Boys, Girls, High School
CYFAR Coach: Nancy Deringer

Colorado and Hawaii: GRANDcares Program (GRANDc)

Brief Site Description: The joint program between Colorado State University and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa will implement the GRANDcares Program (GRANDc). It is a strengths-based intervention guided by family resilience theory and is designed to provide education, support and mentorship for grandchildren and grandparents who need more attention and support than current service networks provide. It has three components: (1) A grandparent component utilizing Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC; Boise, Congleton, & Shannon, 2005), an existing, evidence-based self-care education program for family caregivers of adults that emphasizes communication and self-care. (2) A youth component focusing on positive youth and leadership development based on 4-H principles and a developmentally-appropriate modification of PTC; and (3) A service provider component involving strengths-based and resilience-focused training for professionals working with grandfamilies (e.g., from Area Agencies on Aging, Children and Family Services, mental health agencies, spiritual health partners, etc.). The program model will be implemented in four locations: two sites in CO and two sites in HI. Larimer and Adams Counties, CO; and Maui County, Maui, and Hawai'i County, Hawai'i Project Focus: GRANDcare’s long-term goal is to create effective evidence-based intervention strategies that significantly improve the quality of life for grandparents faced with the challenges of raising grandchildren that, in concert, will positively impact the lives of their grandchildren. The specific measurable program objectives are to: (1) enhance grandparents' parenting skills and self-care practices, (2) promote youth participants' self-efficacy and leadership skills, and (3) strengthen service providers' ability to support resilience in grandfamilies. Date award was granted (first year): September 2015
Common Measures:
Parenting, Leadership
Target Audience:
Adults, Boys, Girls
Curricula in Use:
  • Positive Tools for Caregivers (Boise, Congleton, & Shannon, 2005);
  • Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP), Cornell University Extension
CYFAR Coach: Nancy Deringer

Colorado: Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI)

Brief Site Description: The Colorado Family Leadership Training Institute (CO-FLTI) continues to strengthen the Colorado State University Extension (CSUE) system by providing staff development and program delivery in two high need communities to improve outcomes for youth and families. North Fort Collins and Central Denver, both in CSUE’s Front Range Region, represent Colorado neighborhoods dealing with rising poverty rates contributing to school disengagement and low achievement for youth. Resources to these communities will support collaboration through the Denver County and Larimer County CSUE offices to implement, deliver, evaluate, and refine ongoing programming. The central strategies of CO-FLTI are 1) provide leadership/civics training for parents, family members, and community leaders, 2) deliver a complementary youth training including DTBY skill building, 3) provide continued leadership opportunities for alumni, and 4) build a network of partners ready to engage families and youth. CO-FLTI participants increase their engagement in civic leadership, community development, and policy processes. Participants will become change agents working to improve health and education outcomes for youth and families. In the process, parents, family members, and mentors demonstrate an understanding of their roles and responsibilities in the care and education of their youth partners. Youth will show improved skills in relation to school success and community engagement. The ultimate outcome is a strengthened community through the civic engagement of adults and youth of diverse backgrounds. Project Focus: Civic engagement, leadership training, and positive youth/family development. Date award was granted (first year): September 2013 CYFAR Coach: Shane Potter

Delaware: Sustainable Community Project

Brief Site Description: The Delaware State University Sustainable Community Project Project will utilize parenting education through food safety, physical activity and gardening activities. Childhood overweight and obesity and proper nutrition will also be targeted to provide healthy living alternatives. The DSU Sustainable Community Project will achieve substantial and lasting behavior change through working with the family unit whenever possible. Project Focus: Parenting Education through nutrition, physical activity, proper cooking techniques, food safety and gardening Date award was granted (first year): September 2014
Common Measures:
Nutrition
Curricula in Use:
  • National Extension Parent Education Model
  • Urban Sprouts, Up for the Challenge
  • Southern Remedies
  • My Plate
CYFAR Coach: Laura Palmer

Georgia: Growing Real Opportunities For Work and Life in Agriculture (GROWL)

Brief Site Description: Project GROWL (Growing Real Opportunities for Work and Life in Agriculture) supports teen decision-making and empowerment at all levels of the program and actively encourages youth-adult partnerships as a key component of the learning process. Teens will meet once a week during the school year, after school. During the summer, teens will be involved in skill building camps and conferences/service retreats to develop new skills as well as prepare for the next year's focus. Youth from military families, single parent home, reduced/free lunch, divorced parents, grandparents raising, or any government assistance in home are recruited. The project will allow youth to acquire work-based life skills to equip them for a knowledge-based and creative economy to expose youth to an accurate, deeper understanding of food, fiber, agricultural and natural resource systems affecting urban communities. The opportunities within Project GROWL will also allow youth to leverage their knowledge, skills and abilities to influence other individuals, groups, and organizations. The youth of Project GROWL will become influencers within their communities. Project Focus: Increased self-efficacy, enhanced workforce readiness and goal-setting skills, improved teen/adult and peer-to-peer relationships, and a deeper understanding on the part of teens of the vital role agriculture plays in their urban economy and environment. Date award was granted (first year): September 2014
Common Measures:
Workforce Preparation, Leadership
Target Audience:
Boys, Girls, Middle School
Curricula in Use:
  • Project WET
  • Project WILD
  • Project Learning Tree
  • My Financial Future
  • Build Your Future
  • Step Up to Leadeship
  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • Teaching the Food System
  • Food, Farming, and the Community
  • WeConnect: A Global Youth Citizenship Curriculum
CYFAR Coach: Laura Palmer

Indiana: 4-H PALS

Brief Site Description: The community sites were selected as both schools are located in an area of Lafayette that was identified as a traditionally under-served area for Extension and 4-H Youth Development Programming, as well as schools with significant numbers of youth enrolled in the PALS summer program. Project Focus: The PALS mission is to provide positive growth and character development experiences for children who qualify for the program based on family income. The curriculum is focused on healthy lifestyle choices and during the five week intensive opportunity, it is centered on sports, fitness, swimming, nutrition, computers, financial literacy, careers, gang avoidance, service learning, and select special events. The program empowers young people to stay in school, set life goals, and learn successful life skills. PALS is structured around four character pillars: kindness, fairness, courage, and compassion. What has been missing from the PALS program is a longer term connection for program participants such as what the 4-H Youth Development Program can offer via an afterschool 4-H Program opportunity. What the 4-H Program has been lacking, is the faculty/staff with an expertise in health and fitness; thus the strength of this collaborative proposal which will build an ongoing, year around opportunity for students who have been traditionally underserved by Purdue Extension and the 4-H Youth Development Program in Lafayette, Indiana. The primary subject matter focus of this collaborative effort will be delivered via a variety of activities that are designed to enhance knowledge on healthy living, inspire creative thinking, make physical activity fun and exciting, as well as demonstrate the effectiveness of positive relationships resulting in youth making healthy life choices.The selected program model for this project addresses the REE Challenge Area Goal 4: Nutrition and Childhood Obesity and will focus on Objective 4.2 - Promote Healthy Diet and Physical Activity Behaviors. Our proposed program is designed to build on the PALS Program vision to be a model engagement development program for underserved youth supported by a creative partnership between Purdue and the local community. Engaging youth who have been PALS participants with a longer term experience by creating 4-H clubs that meet after school twice weekly insures longer-term and positive, engaging experiences. The additional opportunity to keep youth engaged with a 4-H club as they transition from 6th grade to a new school building as 7th graders, also affords a natural inclusive, trusted and safe environment not only for the youth but also their parents. The primary subject matter focus of the programming will be delivered via a variety of activities that are designed to enhance knowledge on healthy living, inspire creative thinking, make physical activity fun and exciting, as well as demonstrate the effectiveness of positive relationships resulting in youth making healthy life choices. http://www.reeis.usda.gov/web/crisprojectpages/1003829-4-h-pals-purdue-university-sustainable-community-project.html Date award was granted (first year): May 2014
Common Measures:
Nutrition, Physical Activity
Target Audience:
Elementary School, Middle School
CYFAR Coach: Jan Carroll

Iowa: Juntos

Brief Site Description: This project proposes to increase high school graduation rates and college applications among Latino and African American youth who are at-risk for not completing high school. The Juntos: Together for a Better Education program model is implemented which includes one-on-one academic coaching for youth, a family focused workshop series, 4H/Youth Life Skills activities, and opportunities to visits institutes of higher education. A rigorous repeated measure program evaluation will be implemented. This project promotes the CYFAR outcome for teens to demonstrate knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior necessary for fulfilling, contributing lives. Project Focus: This SCP is focused on assisting Hispanic and African American teens who are at-risk for dropping out of high school, with the goal of equipping the identified teens to graduate from high school and pursue a college education. Date award was granted (first year): September 2014
Curricula in Use:
  • Junto para una mejor educaciòn
CYFAR Coach: Shane Potter

Kentucky: CYFAR Youth Engagement and Support (YES)

Brief Site Description: The purpose of this grant is to provide life skills programs for homeless and unstably housed youth in Jefferson County, Kentucky. The primary goal is for target youth to increase the number of critical life skills they possess to become more self-sufficient. Primary program content includes life skills development, particularly in communication/conflict resolution, decision making/ goal setting, stress/anger management, self-responsibility/boundaries, teamwork, personal safety, healthy lifestyles and workforce preparation. The target audience is homeless and unstably housed youth (ages 12-22) participating in the Jefferson County YMCA SPS Shelter House or Matt Kubancik Youth Development Center. Short term objectives include youth having an increased awareness and understanding of critical life skills; increased aspirations to become self-sufficient; increased community awareness about homeless youth. Long term objectives include youth increasing their application of critical life skills; youth showing evidence of self-sufficiency; and an increased number of community collaborations working with target youth. Data will be collected using a multi-methods approach. The program model is the YMCA Safe Place Services (SPS) Program Model. This model employs a multidisciplinary Positive Youth Development approach that views youth in the context of family and community and conducts evidence-based programming based on the needs of participating youth. The national CYFAR outcome addressed is Youth. The primary curriculum to be used in each community site is "Tackling the Tough Skills." Project Focus: Youth life-skills Date award was granted (first year): October 2014
Target Audience:
High School, Middle School
Curricula in Use:
  • Tackling the Tough Skills
CYFAR Coach: Jennifer Wells-Marshall

Kentucky: Strong Dads, Resilient Families

Brief Site Description: The purpose of this grant is to provide educational programs for fathers/father figures and their families. The audience to be reached is fathers/father figures ages 18 and up in Todd (western) and Wolfe (eastern) counties. Todd County has 61% of its children on free and reduced lunch (185% of poverty) and Wolfe County has 78% (Kids Count, 2011). The primary goal of this project is to strengthen parenting skills of fathers as a means to promote family resiliency. Short-term objectives include an increase in parenting skills and understanding of basic child development among fathers/father figures; increase in community collaborations and partnerships on issues and programs pertaining to fatherhood; and opportunities for fathers/father figures to engage in program planning and evaluation processes. Long term objectives include an increase in the application of effective parenting skills; improvement in the involvement of positive father/father figures in the lives of children; and increase in male involvement within Extension programs and the community. Data are collected using a multi-methods approach to include common measures, other surveys, observation, focus groups and interviews. The program model utilized is the National Extension Parent Education Model (NEPEM). The program vision employs a multi-disciplinary approach that views fathers in the context of the family and community and develops programming based on local needs grounded in research. The national CYFAR outcome addressed is Parent/Family. The primary curriculum to be used in each community site is 24/7 Dad™. Project Focus: Parenting Date award was granted (first year): August 2014
Common Measures:
Parenting
Target Audience:
Adults
Curricula in Use:
  • 24/7 Dad
  • Inside/Out Dad
  • 7 Habits of a 24/7 Dad
CYFAR Coach: Jennifer Wells-Marshall

Kentucky: U Connect

Brief Site Description: KY State University (in partnership with Univ. of MN and TN State University) have developed "U Connect", a multi-state program aimed at addressing educational disparities for children and youth at risk. The program will be conducted in two counties in Kentucky. The first component of U Connect is small-group mentoring aimed at engaging young people who are showing early warning signs of disengagement from school and learning. The afterschool program, the second component, is designed to enhance and support the core elements of Check & Connect. The third component of the U Connect program is the enhancement of parental involvement using the Partnering for School Success (PSS) program developed by the University of Minnesota. This component is based on an ecological framework that recognizes the importance of adult influence on student success. Date award was granted (first year): September 2014 CYFAR Coach: Shane Potter

Louisiana: Healthy YOUth...Strong Communities

Brief Site Description: The area to be served is Caddo Parish, which is an urban parish located in Northwest Louisiana. Caddo Parish has a population of approximately 250,000 residents. Project Focus: The Louisiana State University Sustainable Community Project targets school age youth (K - 8) who reside in low-income neighborhoods and who face the risk of childhood obesity and the challenge of limited access to nutritious food. The Healthy YOUth...Strong Community program model uses a multi-level systems approach targeting the long term goal of teaching skills necessary for program participants to positively change attitudes, involvement, and behavior related to healthy life choices and community involvement. A second goal is to develop three sites as food system 'hubs' which will provide on-going opportunities for youth and adult engagement in healthy nutritional choices and community access to nutritious food through programs and events for youth, their families and community. The project will use interdisciplinary resources of nutrition, 4-H, agriculture, evaluation, and technology divisions within the Extension System, and existing community-based collaborative partnerships with the City of Shreveport, Louisiana State University Health Schools of Medicine and Allied Health, and other organizations. A series of integrated curricula based on a successful pilot program will deliver lessons to high context participants. Participants will have multiple opportunities to share learning with their families and surrounding community, and will be encouraged to become advocates for a healthy regional food system. Sustainability will be ensured by ongoing development of robust collaborations, an engaged and informed community, and increasing opportunities for community members to have access to nutritious food and support for healthy lifestyles. The program model is designed to be replicable by Extension Systems in other regions of the country. Date award was granted (first year): May 2014
Common Measures:
Workforce Preparation, Nutrition, Leadership
Target Audience:
Elementary School, Middle School
Curricula in Use:
  • FIT (Food Initiative Taskforce) for Kids Garden-based Nutrition Curriculum: Youth (grades K-6) will participate in this curriculum featuring 18 lessons covering gardening, food preparation and nutrition. Gardening lessons will be taught in a garden settin
  • FIT for Kids Food System Advocacy Curriculum: Youth (grades 7th and 8th ) and teens will receive this curriculum. Featuring six hands-on lessons where participants interact with each other in small groups to learn about the components of the food system,
  • CHAT (4-H Choose Health Action Teens). Youth (grades 7-8) and teens will participate in this program that integrates youth civic engagement with efforts to encourage healthy lifestyles by engaging teens in teaching healthy eating and active living to youn
  • Leadership/Life Skills – Step Up to Leadership. Youth (grades 7-8) and teens will experience lessons about leadership skills. Technology will be used to share their new knowledge and skills developed with younger youth, community groups and governing bodi
  • 4-H Workforce Readiness Curriculum – Get in the Act. Youth (grades 7-8) and teens will practice self-awareness, critical thinking and ethical decision making.
CYFAR Coach: Jan Carroll

Maine: 4-H Community Central

Brief Site Description: Maine 4-H Community Central engages youth with their parents, elders, school and community through hands on 4-H project in Science, Leadership and Citizenship. Programming is offered in Public Housing sites as well as local schools and community organizations. Project Focus: 4-H Science, Positive Youth Development Date award was granted (first year): August 2014
Common Measures:
Physical Activity, Science, Leadership
Target Audience:
Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Curricula in Use:
  • 4-H Robotics
  • Project Butterfly Wings
  • Science Discovery
  • Wind Energy
  • Sewing
  • Physical Activity
  • iCook
CYFAR Coach: Jennifer Wells-Marshall

Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) Sustainable Community Project

Brief Site Description: The MSUE-SCP will target parents of children (ages 2-8) in two neighborhoods, identified as Flint Wards, who were exposed to high lead levels due to the Flint water crisis. Utilizing parenting education and supports for the young children, the project hopes to bring together parents, community members, educational districts, the medical community and organizations that promote early childhood development. CYFAR staff will conduct focus groups during year one to identify needs, strengths, and areas for growth to inform the specific direction of educational interventions and methods. Project Focus: Because of the lead exposure in Flint, MI, there is a great amount of distrust of the government and organizations. In order for a program of this nature to be successful, it is critical that the community be involved in the planning and implementation, and that community members who are trusted are engaged in the process. The time devoted to building these relationships in the first year will be critical to the success and sustainability of the MSUE-SCP in Flint. The primary outcome will be parent/family and the focus will be to increase parents ability to respond to their child’s emotions appropriately, increase parental knowledge of child development and parenting, increase positive interactions between parent and child, increase perceived informal support and will provide supports to enhance the family dynamic. Date award was granted (first year): September 2016
Common Measures:
Parenting
Target Audience:
Adults, Parents
Curricula in Use:
  • Nurturing Parenting, Building Early Emotional Skills, or Positive Parenting Program
CYFAR Coach: Nancy Deringer

Michigan: Building Early Emotional Skills

Brief Site Description: The MSUE SCP is designed to provide parent education and critical support to MI’s high-context parents of children ages 0-3 through traditional face to face group educational sessions, on-line “virtual” classes and social media sites such as closed/private Facebook groups. Through these venues participants will learn key parenting skills and early childhood development information, as well as find friendships and grow critical community supports designed to encourage discussion of real life situations, moderated by a trained Extension Educator. The CYFAR Guiding Principles for Parent/Family Outcomes are reflected in all components of the program model. Activities will reduce parenting stress, increase the child’s social and emotional competencies, and increase the quality of parental management and the modeling of emotions. The MSU SCP project works towards the guiding principal of Supporting Professionals Working with Parents and Families in two key areas. First, the comprehensive website featuring research based parenting materials, in a searchable format, will be available for partner agencies and their clients. The data collected through the process of conducting Building Early Emotional Skills (BEES) sessions in both an urban and rural setting, with standardized use of the curriculum and content will strengthen the curriculum with a validated evidence base. Project Focus: Parent/Family CYFAR outcomes Date award was granted (first year): September 2014
Target Audience:
Parents
Curricula in Use:
  • Building Early Emotional Skills (BEES)
CYFAR Coach: Nancy Deringer

Minnesota - Fostering Achievement and Connections to Engage Students (FACES)

Brief Site Description: Minnesota's academic achievement gap is the highest in the country, a disparity that influences future employment, economic mobility, and family stability across individuals and families lifespans, particularly of from ethnic communities. From health to financial matters, decisions made in late adolescence shape the path of youth that affects their adult lives and contribution with the overall community. FACES, a project collaboration between the University of Minnesota and the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, engages high school aged youth from an educational perspective focused on financial, physical, and social emotional well being. These facets are especially important for at-risk youth as these strategies help promote overall healthy well being and confidence within oneself and one's community. The data collected from FACES participant cohorts through pre and post surveys and C&C monitoring forms will determine connections between pro-social mentorship as an effective community building tool and how financial and health information can be taught and discussed in ways that are culturally sensitive and community strength-based.The ultimate goal FACES hopes to achieve is helping high school aged youth become more comfortable and confident navigating strategies for academic, financial, health, and social well being through community capacity building and engagement. If this goal is met, the general expected impact from FACES is a proliferation young adults confident in their knowledge of successful financial, physical, and nutritional strategies, with experience engaging in these topics with peer or adult positive mentoring relationships, supported by parental/caregiver engagement. Societal benefits that may be realized includes increased high school graduation from at risk youth, decreased health risk factors caused by poor nutrition and lack of physical activity, increased awareness and behavioral changes congruent with long-term financial stability, and increased civic and community engagement through community and school volunteerism. Date award was granted (first year): August 2015 CYFAR Coach: Autumn Guin

Minnesota: U Connect

Brief Site Description: U Connect is a collaborative project involving partners from Minnesota, Tennessee, and Kentucky to address how families can be the most impactful on children's academic achievement. Research shows that children that come from backgrounds that include lower socioeconomic status, underperforming schools, and unsafe neighborhoods are more at-risk for not maximizing their educational achievement. This program seeks to support families and increase young people's educational accomplishments through a three-part plan: (1) small group mentoring using evidence-based practices to mitigate early warning signs of academic disengagement; (2) an afterschool program that allows for culturally sensitive programming related to academic needs, as well as issues such as technology and nutrition, which have been shown to effect a children's ability to succeed in school; (3) parental programming that assists in addressing parents concerns about working with school districts and how to create home environments that best prepare children for academic success. Project Focus: Nutrition Date award was granted (first year): August 2014
Common Measures:
Nutrition
Curricula in Use:
  • Check and Connect
  • Active & Media Savvy
  • 4-H Tech Wizards
CYFAR Coach: Shane Potter

Minnesota: Urban 4-H STEM Club

Brief Site Description: Urban 4-H STEM Clubs are designed to ignite youth interest in learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The clubs are designed for middle school-aged youth living in Minneapolis and St. Paul who experience educational barriers. The clubs meet weekly for 4 contact hours over 26 weeks during the 9-month school year and are facilitated by two adults who work in partnership with youth participants and their families. In summer youth participate in a University of Minnesota campus immersion experience where they learn about student life, explore academic interests, identify the steps toward college readiness, and meet faculty and students in STEM fields. The program is designed in phases that offer increasingly challenging STEM focused experiences: 1) Getting into Learning, 2) Specialized Learning, 3) Deepened Learning. Project Focus: Desired short-term results 1) Youth will exhibit growth in knowledge and interest around STEM subjects, 2) Youth will demonstrate growth in critical thinking and decision making skills that form habits that can lead to educational and career success, 3) Parents/guardians will engage with their children on setting and obtaining common education goals, and 4) Youth will demonstrate growth in technological literacy. Desired long-term results 1) Youth will create a personal plan for post-secondary education and career development related to STEM subjects, 2) The youth programs will be sustained by the community members and community organizational partners Date award was granted (first year): September 2014
Common Measures:
Science, Technology
Target Audience:
Middle School
Curricula in Use:
  • Design It! Engineering in Afterschool Programs
  • Urban Youth Lead: Becoming the Authors of Their Lives
CYFAR Coach: Autumn Guin

Mississippi: Positive Parenting Practices

Brief Site Description: Positive Parenting Practices is a program to educate pregnant and parenting teens on positive parenting, child development, conflict management, nutrition, and professional skills. The short-term goals are that after participation in the program teens will report more progressive beliefs in their parenting and child-rearing attitudes, improved knowledge and behaviors related to healthy eating, and recognize key milestones in their child’s growth and development. The long-term outcomes is that the community organizations will develop a social support system for pregnant and parenting teens that is sustained over time. Project Focus: Pregnant and/or parenting adolescents/emerging adults, both female and male
Common Measures:
Parenting, Nutrition
Target Audience:
Boys, Girls, High School
Curricula in Use:
  • Nurturing Parenting
  • SHAPE CARE (Sleep, Hygiene, and Parental Engagement: Children's Academic Readiness Enhancement)
CYFAR Coach: Jennifer Wells-Marshall

Missouri: Youth Futures College Within Reach

Brief Site Description: This project includes the adaptation and expansion of the 4-H Youth Futures College Within Reach (YF) program in two Missouri communities with urgent needs: the city of Ferguson and Jefferson County. Co-developed and led by the University of Missouri Extension/4-H Center for Youth Development and Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, YF inspires and prepares underserved youth to attend and graduate from college. Program components include ongoing mentoring, completion of a curriculum focused on life skills around educational attainment and workforce development, college orientation and campus visits, parent engagement and meaningful youth leadership opportunities. CYFAR funding enhances YF to include: conflict management and relationship building skills; systematic professional development for staff and volunteers on topics such as Mental Health First Aid; and customized college orientation programs matched to youth needs. The impact on children, youth and families in these two communities is significant, but lessons, strategies and partnerships developed will also strengthen the YF program, improving evaluation, curricula and training.
Common Measures:
Workforce Preparation, Leadership
Target Audience:
Boys, Girls, High School, Middle School
Curricula in Use:
  • Youth Futures: College Within Reach
CYFAR Coach: Jennifer Wells-Marshall

Montana: Linking Youth to Agricultural and Environmental Practices using STEM

Brief Site Description: The goal of the Montana CYFAR project is to use technology to inspire Native American Youth in sixth through nine grades to meaningfully engage in their communities. The youth will learn STEM skills through hands-on, field-based use of current geospatial technologies (GPS/GIS, aerial photography) and computer-aided design (CAD) technology; create products identified as valuable and culturally relevant to their communities (maps locating native and invasive species); and link the skills youth acquire to potential jobs in and around their communities. Project Focus: Youth who participate in the program will demonstrate a knowledge of how to use geospatial and computer-aided design technologies and thus will be better prepared for employment on and off the Reservation. Another long term outcome is a sustainable, well-developed after school programs that focus on agriculture and engage youth with community partners. Date award was granted (first year): September 2014
Common Measures:
Science
Target Audience:
Boys, Elementary School, Girls, Middle School
Curricula in Use:
  • GPS and GIS curriculum
CYFAR Coach: Nancy Deringer

NCSU, Clemson, & NCA&T CYFAR SCP 4-H STEM Education & Science Literacy: Developing the Next Generation of Scientists through Formal and Nonformal Learning Systems

Brief Site Description: The 4-H STEM Education & Science Literacy: Developing the Next Generation of Scientists program will positively influence youth's knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors necessary for fulfilling contributing lives. The project leverages resources and personnel at land-grant universities to serve school age youth, teachers, non-formal educators, and their families using education programs, outreach, 4-H, and other youth development programs which focus on STEM education. Project Focus: Engaging students in STEM and science literacy programs at an early age (5-12) in both classrooms and afterschool programs. Outcomes include: Long-term: Increase youth interest in STEM related careers so that there is a more diverse pool of youth entering into STEM-related college programs and career paths. Short-term: design and implement a well-integrated and coordinated approach to increase student knowledge, skills and attitudes in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM_ with a strong focus on food, agriculture, natural resources, biological an physical science curricula while leveraging hands-on technology applications at the elementary school level. Date award was granted (first year): September 2016
Common Measures:
Science
Target Audience:
Elementary School
Curricula in Use:
  • Bug Out
  • 4-H Junk Drawer Robotics
  • Robotics with EV3
  • Citizen Science
  • National Youth Science Day Experiment
CYFAR Coach: Laura Palmer

Nebraska: WeCook

Brief Site Description: Youth will participate in a semi-weekly (twice a week), 60-minute after-school healthy living club for a period of 12 weeks. Families (youth and parents/caregivers) will participate in a family meal night once a month during the 12-week program. The program will focus on increasing food preparation skills, nutrition knowledge, and participation in fun physical activities. Project Focus: Positive youth development in the following areas of healthy living (food preparation, nutrition and physical activity) Date award was granted (first year): May 2014
Common Measures:
Nutrition, Physical Activity
Target Audience:
Elementary School
Curricula in Use:
  • Media-Smart Youth
  • Kids-a-Cookin’
  • SPARK
CYFAR Coach: Jan Carroll

Nevada: Heart & Shield

Brief Site Description: Heart & Shield: A program to end family violence targets youth and parents with weekly training/activities about healthy relationship development. The program will recruit and train community agencies, law enforcement, train on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and create a Coordinated Community Response (CCR). As an FYI, Nevada ranked No. 1 in the nation in the rate of women killed by men in single victim/single offender homicides in 2012. Project Focus: The purpose of the program is to create an environment that allows intimate partner violence (IPV) child and adult victims to obtain resources/skills necessary to break the cycle of IPV. The goal is to decrease the number of IPV disputes by empowering victims and communities to create safe, caring neighborhoods through education, intervention, and family support via multi-disciplinary procedures.
Common Measures:
Parenting
Target Audience:
Parents
CYFAR Coach: Nancy Deringer

Nevada: Stepping Into STEM

Brief Site Description: Board of Regents NSHE, OBO, University of Neveda, Reno CYFAR Coach: Autumn Guin

New Jersey: Science Pathways

Brief Site Description: The Science Pathways Program is a high context leadership development program to be implemented in the cities of Paterson and Trenton that is centered on the operation of a Makerspace and Makerspace activities. In this way Makerspace is a conduit for personal development and science literacy. Makerspace is an emerging delivery mode for the implementation of science, engineering and technology activities. Makerspace activities embrace the spirit of innovation and encourage collaborative thinking between individuals and groups. In addition, the term Makerspace is used to define the location in which Makerspace activities take place. As a location, a Makerspace is outfitted with tools and materials for students to tinker, invent, experiment, and free think their way through a challenge. In Science Pathways, program participants begin as high school freshman and continue throughout their high school careers. Teens will receive increased exposure to leadership opportunities and high level science skills each year. Participants will engage with the following program components throughout the four years of participation: a strong relationship with a caring adult that can serve as a mentor (belonging); engaging in experiential science activities using current technologies through Makerspace activities (mastery); implementing Makerspace activities with school aged youth in the community (generosity); and learning to plan for a successful post high school transition to adulthood (independence). Date award was granted (first year): September 2014 CYFAR Coach: Diana Urieta

New York: 4-H Youth Community Action Network (Youth CAN)

Brief Site Description: New York 4-H Youth Community Action Network (Youth CAN) uses Cornell Cooperative Extension’s (CCE) 4-H Signature Program, Youth Community Action (YCA), to promote civic engagement and workforce development among high need teens in Albany and Buffalo. NY 4-H Youth CAN is being implemented by CCE Albany County and CCE Erie County. By creating youth-led networks of community organizations, Youth CAN Teen Leaders become community change agents and conduct projects addressing critical NIFA/USDA Research, Education and Economics (REE) goals. In doing so, Teen Leaders gain the skills needed to graduate from high school prepared for college, careers and citizenship. After completing 4-H Public Adventures, Teen Leaders conduct civic engagement projects such as tackling childhood obesity, food security and climate change. “Visiting professors” provide STEM-based seminars to inform youth-directed projects. This approach elevates project effectiveness, establishes professionalism among the Teen Leaders and enhances their career aspirations while increasing a sense of community connectedness and engaged citizenship. During summers, Teen Leaders gain workforce skills through paid internships. Youth CAN’s program plan focuses on sustainability through intentional partnerships with local organizations and businesses, so that by the end of the project, two Youth Community Action Networks will be sustained—Albany Youth CAN and Buffalo Youth CAN. The program is designed to strengthen county-campus connections and advance research at Cornell University about how to work effectively with vulnerable populations, by purposefully involving the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. During 2015, Albany Youth CAN is partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany, Grand Street Community Arts and Schenectady County Community College Albany. Buffalo Youth CAN in Erie County is partnered with Global Concepts Charter High School in Lackawanna and Northtowns Boys and Girls Clubs in Buffalo. Project Focus: • civic engagement • leadership • workforce preparation Date award was granted (first year): August 2014
Common Measures:
Workforce Preparation, Leadership
Target Audience:
High School, Middle School
Curricula in Use:
  • 4-H Public Adventures
  • Youth Community Action (YCA) by Cornell Coop Extension
CYFAR Coach: Diana Urieta

North Carolina/Oklahoma: Together for a Better Education (JUNTOS Para Una Mejor Educación)

Brief Site Description: This joint proposal addresses school dropout in North Carolina and Oklahoma by implementing the Together for a Better Education (called JUNTOS Para Una Mejor Educación in Spanish) program. The JUNTOS program provides intensive long-term support for Latino youth via five major components: 1) A needs and assets assessment and a personal plan created by a Success Coach to provide one-on-one academic coaching; 2) The 6-week JUNTOS Family Workshop Series; 3) A 4-H Club focusing on videography and life skills; 4) A synchronous Online College Preparation Course; and 5) The JUNTOS Summer Academy experience. A rigorous repeated measure program evaluation will also be carried out. Project Focus: Academic Success, College Access, Positive Youth Development, Family Engagement, Leadership Development Date award was granted (first year): August 2013
Common Measures:
Leadership
Target Audience:
Boys, Girls, High School, Middle School
Curricula in Use:
  • JUNTOS Curriculum
CYFAR Coach: Laura Palmer

Ohio: 4-H Grilling and Beyond: Cultivating Healthy Fathers, Kids, and Communities

Brief Site Description: This CYFAR Sustainable Community Project brings together three common community education genres--fatherhood education, nutrition education, and youth development education--into a single family life education program delivered to fathers and their early adolescent youth (age 11 to 13) in the context of food grilling. Grilling food is an activity enjoyed by many men and is growing in popularity among 4-H youth in Ohio (Ohio 4-H recently published its second grilling project book). Grilling can also be a family activity that involves conversation, learning and teaching, as well as nutrition. In collaboration with county-based Extension offices and a local fatherhood organization, this project seeks to help fathers increase their parenting abilities and motivations to provide guidance and nurturing to their children, to increase participant’s knowledge of nutritional health, and to introduce youth to 4-H programming and to provide opportunities for youth to develop life and workforce preparation skills (e.g., leadership, mastery, and self-determination). The project’s long-term outcomes include (1) enhancing father-adolescent relationships, (2) increasing healthy eating episodes and decreasing unhealthy eating episodes, and (3) increasing community involvement in changing patterns of food consumption. To accomplish these outcomes, the project incorporates innovative technology use, a sustainability plan, and a multi-level approach to community involvement. By bringing together fatherhood, nutrition, and youth development into a program with male-friendly activities, the project addresses society’s need for stronger families, healthier communities, and youth prepared for the future. Project Focus: To enhance father-adolescent relationships.
Target Audience:
Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Parents
CYFAR Coach: Diana Urieta

Ohio: Urban G.E.M.S.

Brief Site Description: AUS, an Ohio school district, was established in 2011 as an educational institution with a mission to provide high quality education for under-served youth unable to attain a high school diploma in a traditional high school setting. AUS Columbus is in one of Ohio's Race to The Top (RiIT) regions and a federally registered Neighborhood Promise Zone. Project Focus: The measurable goals and objectives of GEMS are to improve health related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors among the youth participating in our program. We aim to increase the youth's fresh fruit and vegetable consumption by 50% during the program. We aim to create a sustainable model that propels engaged youth as leaders in developing and applying 21st century skills to address local community needs as they work side-byside with caring adults inspired by their passion for young people. Date award was granted (first year): May 2015
Common Measures:
Workforce Preparation, Nutrition, Technology, Leadership
Target Audience:
High School
Curricula in Use:
  • Urban GEMS [Gardening Entrepreneurs Motivating Sustainability]
CYFAR Coach: Jan Carroll

Ohio_Virginia: Ohio State-Virginia Tech (JOINT)

Brief Site Description: Columbus, OH; Lynchburg, VA Project Focus: We propose to use a community-based participatory action research (CBPAR) approach with intergenerational strategies to increase healthy food access, consumption and education for at-risk young children and their families living in high poverty areas in Columbus, Ohio and Lynchburg, Virginia. Specifically, we will partner with community stakeholders and four early childhood centers, two in each state, in a process of planning, program development, implementation, and examination of results followed by adaptation of activities. Evidence-based intergenerational programming methods will be integrated into activities, and the abilities of young children, elders, and their families will be harnessed. Community partners include experts in early childhood development, nutrition and food security, community engagement, and intergenerational programming. Efforts will incorporate the SNAP-Ed and EFNEP curricula and standard USDA instruments of food security and behavior change. The SNAP-Ed and EFNEP outcome measures will be adapted not only to collect information from families, but also from preschool children. A delayed treatment design of introducing the intergenerational approaches at two sites initially, while utilizing the others as comparisons, will be used to examine the benefits of incorporating elders in the activities. All four sites will engage in the intergenerational programming in Year 3. The CBPAR process will develop and enhance long-term sustainable networks of early childhood educator, food and community stakeholders, supporting the continuation of programming after grant funding has ended. This project supports the National CYFAR Outcome to reduce food insecurity by increasing access, consumption, and nutritional education to improve health in early childhood. CYFAR Coach: Jan Carroll

Oklahoma: Together We Can: Latino Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Brief Site Description: The Oklahoma State University Together We Can: Latino Youth Entrepreneurship Program addresses high immigrant Latino youth school dropout rates by utilizing an evidence-based program to address behavior change related to: career readiness, decision making and problem solving, persistence, goal setting, personal responsibility and conscientiousness by increasing the number of Latino immigrant youth involved in 4-H and who demonstrate knowledge, skills, attitudes and behavior necessary for fulfilling, contributing lives. Project Focus: The program focuses on decreasing dropout rates of immigrant Latino youth, which result in academic performance gaps that perpetuate poverty and create significant health disparities and costly social and economic impacts to the state as well as important concerns about the preparation of the future workforce. Primary outcomes include: decreasing absences and tardies and increasing GPA which show statistically significant increases in youth and parent academic expectations, youth self-efficacy, family cohesion and decreases in negative peer pressure, affiliations and youth drug use. Date award was granted (first year): September 2017
Common Measures:
Workforce Preparation, Leadership
Target Audience:
High School, Middle School
Curricula in Use:
  • Together We Can (JUNTOS Se Puede)
CYFAR Coach: Laura Palmer

Oregon: 4-H Latino Outreach Program - 4F Club - Fabulous Food, Fitness, and Fun Club

Brief Site Description: Food, Fitness, and Fun is a bilingual, bicultural after school program model delivered out of Oregon State University to community organizations known to have substantial numbers of at-risk, low-income, and/or Latino students in Benton and Linn Counties. Project Focus: The Oregon Sustainable Communities Program which is part of the Oregon 4-H Latino Outreach Program focuses on the development, delivery, and evaluation of after-school/summer programs targeting Latino youth in grades 6-8. The core healthy living curriculum emphasizes experiential learning in science, engineering, and technology, while focusing on food, nutrition, and physical activity with teamwork emphasized as a learning strategy. Date award was granted (first year): September 2014
Common Measures:
Nutrition, Physical Activity
Target Audience:
Boys, Girls, Middle School
CYFAR Coach: Nancy Deringer

Pennsylvania: PROSPER

Brief Site Description: Focuses on fostering the positive growth and development of middle-school youth by strengthening families, building skills, and reducing youth problem behaviors by utilizing the PROSPER model. Date award was granted (first year): September 2014 CYFAR Coach: Autumn Guin

Rhode Island: Integrating Nutrition Education into Full Service Schools

Brief Site Description: The URI CYFAR proposal, Integrating Nutrition Education into Full Services Community Schools in Providence, focuses on students and parents, encouraging low-income children and their parents to adopt healthy eating behaviors so as to reduce obesity risk and result in better health across the lifespan. The URI CYFAR proposal, Integrating Nutrition Education in Full Service Community Schools in Providence, RI focuses on students in grade 3 and parents. The goal is to encourage low income children and their parents to adopt healthy eating behaviors and skills that reduce obesity risk and result in better health across the lifespan. Influencing the school environment and targeting children in school, where they consume 50% of their daily caloric intake and spend the majority of time outside the home, has significant potential impact. This project strives to transfer skills and healthy behaviors to the home via parent education. Project Focus: • Improve nutrition-related behaviors in youth and their families (fruit and vegetable consumption, sugar-sweetened beverages, sweet snacks, and salty snacks) through the use of hands-on nutrition education and technology (iPads) • Improve parenting feeding styles Date award was granted (first year): September 2013
Target Audience:
Elementary School, Parents
Curricula in Use:
  • “Body Quest: Food of the Warrior” by Alabama University
  • “Cooking with Kids” by Colorado State University
  • Healthy Children, Healthy Families: Parents Making a Difference!
CYFAR Coach: Diana Urieta

South Carolina: Clemson Sustainable Community Project

Brief Site Description: The goals of the Clemson Sustainable Community Project are the following: 1) empower youth with the knowledge & tools to live healthy active lives; 2) engage community partners in supporting the health & wellness of children; 3) develop practical applications for integrating technology across the project; & 4) ensure sustainability of the program. A best practice health & wellness curriculum will be the center of the program delivered to up to 150, 3rd-8th grade students in an after-school context in two highly disadvantaged communities in South Carolina. Volunteer mentors will provide support & positive adult role models, quarterly family nights will spread the health & wellness impact to the students’ families, & a summer camp will offer a week-long immersion experience for students to develop life-long healthy choices. Date award was granted (first year): September 2013
Target Audience:
Boys, Elementary School, Girls
CYFAR Coach: Jennifer Wells-Marshall

Tennessee: ExCel

Brief Site Description: The state of Tennessee ranks 43rd out of 50 states in the level of child well-being as assessed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in the publication KIDS COUNT, 2009. Tennessee ranks higher (worse) than the national average on all ten indicators of child well-being. Tennessee also has the 6th highest poverty rate amongst school-aged children (Census 2010). Additionally, three quarters of Tennessee's eighth graders are below their grade level in reading, math and science. At the local level both of our community sites have serious needs for integrating a quality afterschool program. Both sites have elementary schools with afterschool programs. However, upon entering middle school no afterschool programs exist. This not only creates a hardship for families who were dependent upon afterschool previously but also brings to a halt any enrichment learning gains upon entering 6th grade when they need it more than ever as risky behaviors increase in middle school. Other needs for both sites show a reduced lunch rate at 82% and 66%; obesity rate of 27% and 35%; in-school suspensions at 20% and 22%; both schools have been designated failing schools. At the community level unemployment rates are 18% and 20% in Scott County the highest in the state. Outside of existing data, a needs assessment was conducted at both schools including parents, teachers, students and administration. The top five needs identified were: 1) student motivation to achieve academically; 2) enhance social skills of students; 3) prevention of student risky behaviors; 4) attention to obesity issues; and, 5) programs to support families and parents. Finally, one of the main reasons UT Extension selected this outcome is because we have in place six existing afterschool programs across the state and have been administering them since 2005. Why is this important? Because over the past 7 years we have become experts at developing successful programs that have proven through research to help students improve academically, socially and emotionally. Also, we are equipped with several research-based curricula, materials, equipment, staff handbooks, etc. readily available to use. In other words, our program will be ready to hit the ground running once funding begins. Finally, our afterschool programs have been so successful that the TN Dept of Ed. has partnered with UT Extension to help educate staff from the other 250 afterschool programs they fund. With that said, consequently, no middle school afterschool programs are funded by the TN Dept.of Ed. in both Sumner and Scott counties are two community sites. Through this program we hope to impact students and their families both academically and non-academically. Academically we hope to increase student's grades (specifically in Reading, Math and Science) as well as increase their school attendance and decrease truancy and suspensions. Non-academically, we hope to better student's decision-making skills, character, adult-child relationships, leadership skills and decrease bullying, misbehavior, and risky behaviors. Project Focus: Positive youth development: We are looking to increase the academic scores of middle school students through non-traditional methods in an afterschool setting. We focus as much as possible on non-academics (character, decision-making, self-esteem, etc) with the hopes this will improve academic scores. We fill as educators we must improve a student’s non-academics before they are “ready” to being improving their academics. Date award was granted (first year): April 2012
Target Audience:
Middle School
Curricula in Use:
  • BrainWise
  • The Power of Choice
  • Health Rocks
  • Power U
  • KidzMath
  • KidzLit
  • SEDL
  • Lego Robotics
  • On My Own
  • Raising Cain: Why Men and Boys Are the Way They Are
  • Doing What Works
  • SmartMoves
  • Reading 180
CYFAR Coach: Jennifer Wells-Marshall

Texas: Texas A&M AgLife Extension Service & Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension

Brief Site Description: Texas A&M AgLife Extension Service & Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension CYFAR Coach: Jan Carroll

Texas: Urban Community Sustainability

Brief Site Description: Two low-income inner city communities in Houston and San Antonio, Texas Project Focus: At-risk youth and their families' lack of exposure, education, and life's experiences complicate an already delicate situation-poverty. The overall project goal for 2015-2016 is to enhance the health of at-risk teens. Attaining these goals will involve collaboration of two community partners in urban food deserts (San Antonio & Houston). Each school is equipped linguistically and culturally to meet the needs of the targeted population. The Extension agents, school faculty/staff, students, family, volunteers, several four-year universities, and community based organizations will collaborate to recruit, mentor, and serve 30 students at each school. The objectives and methods used will align with the goals for teens (14-19), who will be taught to (1) acquire sound dietary habits by learning and teaching others about food preparation and nutrition, 2) apply science, math, and reading through planning, caring, and harvesting demonstration home gardens; (3) become “college-ready” through mentoring by college students; and (4) learn about the variety of Extension careers through job shadowing and internships. Innovative and non-traditional components differentiate this effort (1) tailored to real-world lifestyles and challenges of low-income populations, (2) based on a highly hands-on, experiential Extension service-learning approach; (3) includes a strong “near peer” mentoring component (college student mentors, most of whom will be first generation minority college goers); (4) based on strong mentoring and funding by Extension, and (5) offers many opportunities to network with university faculty and students from three important disciplines, i.e., human nutrition, horticulture, and agricultural education. Adjustments will be made accordingly from pre and post evaluations. Date award was granted (first year): May 2014
Common Measures:
Nutrition
Target Audience:
High School
Curricula in Use:
  • Houston-Cristo Rey-AgriScience/Biotechnology,
  • San Antonio-St. John Berchmans Catholic School-Learn Grow Eat & Go!
CYFAR Coach: Jan Carroll

Utah: 4-H Science Afterschool Program

Brief Site Description: The Utah State SCP project will focus on school-age CYFAR outcomes using the 4-H Science Afterschool Program Model. The population served is K-6 at three higher-need elementary schools. The Utah State SCP project will provide five STEM clubs for youth to choose from each 10 week session based on program protocol and curriculum. Project Focus: The two desired long-term outcomes are: 1) Youth acquire knowledge, build character, and develop life skills in a fun learning environment that enables them to become self-directing, productive members of society, and 2) Youth will develop the skills to become the next generation of scientists and leaders in STEM. Four main components include: 1) Afterschool Science Club, 2) Service project - twice per year, 3) Parent Showcase - twice per year, 4) Other 4-H opportunities. Date award was granted (first year): September 2014
Common Measures:
Science, Technology
Target Audience:
Boys, Elementary School, Girls
Curricula in Use:
  • Edible Science
CYFAR Coach: Nancy Deringer

Vermont: PROSPER

Brief Site Description: The purpose of the University of Vermont Sustainable Community Project is to strengthen families and reduce youth risk behaviors, including substance use. We will accomplish this goal through the implementation of PROSPER, which stands for PROmoting School Community University Partnerships to Encourage Resilience. As its name implies, PROSPER is a collaboration between the Cooperative Extension System at the Land Grant University, the public school system, and local communities. University of Vermont will work with two Vermont Middle Schools, Mt Anthony Middle School and Lyndon Town School, and local community teams, to implement evidence based family and school programs designed to reduce youth problem behaviors (e.g., substance use, violence, and other conduct problems) by strengthening families and building youth resiliency skills. The family program is offered in 6th grade while the in-school program is offered in 7th grade. Project Focus: Positive youth development Date award was granted (first year): July 2015
Curricula in Use:
  • Strengthening Families Program Ages 10-14
  • Lionsquest
  • Lifeskills
CYFAR Coach: Diana Urieta

Virgin Islands: Healthy Youth Leading the Way In the Virgin Islands

Brief Site Description: The "Healthy Youth Leading the Way in the VI" Project's goal is to focus on prevention of childhood obesity in the Virgin Islands. The purpose of this afterschool project is to bring the land grant and community resources together to tackle this issue through a format which delivers targeted educational programs and activities. The aim is to have a positive impact on the lives of at-risk youth and families; and the project is specifically designed to ultimately enhance participants' opportunity to lead more healthy, productive, fulfilling lives. Objectives include providing healthy lifestyle activities and educational sessions focused on healthy nutrition practices and physical activity; but also includes computer technology, gardening, and 4-H programming. Tutoring and homework assistance will also be provided. These youth participants will be expected to influence the nutrition practices within their families and the larger community. This five day per week project will be experientially-based with self-efficacy and confidence being some of the outcomes over the 5 year cycle. All of the project activities will occur in a safe and secure environment with caring adults. Project Focus: Prevention of childhood obesity. Learning good nutrition. Increasing physical activity. Date award was granted (first year): August 2015
Common Measures:
Nutrition, Physical Activity
Target Audience:
Boys, Girls
CYFAR Coach: Laura Palmer

West Virginia/Iowa: PROSPER

Brief Site Description: The joint West Virginia University and Iowa State University CYFAR Sustainable Communities Project implements the "PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience" Model (PROSPER) in two West Virginia communities and two new Iowa communities. The PROSPER community engagement system uses evidence-based programs with middle school aged youth (ages 11-13) and their families. PROSPER has been scientifically proven effective with increased positive outcomes for high-risk populations. Project Focus: CYFAR Program Outcome-K-8 Date award was granted (first year): September 2014
Common Measures:
Workforce Preparation
Target Audience:
Middle School, Parents
CYFAR Coach: Shane Potter

West Virginia: SCRATCH (Sustainable Community Revitalization Through Children’s Hands): McDowell County

Brief Site Description: West Virginia State University CYFAR Coach: Diana Urieta

Wisconsin: Nicianak 4-Health

Brief Site Description: Nicianak 4-Health project is a longitudinal effort designed to improve children's health and wellbeing by intervening at multiple ecological levels. The key program delivery model will be the formation of 4-H family clubs to provide Native American youth and families opportunities to create and share healthy and nutritious meals, build family relationships and increase opportunities for safe recreation and physical activity. Programming will support youth opportunities to develop and practice healthy life skills through direct culturally relevant educational programming, through caregiver social support, and through family strengthening in collaboration with schools and community partners. Project Focus: Positive Youth Development; Health & Wellness; Family/Caregiver Support Date award was granted (first year): July 2014
Common Measures:
Nutrition, Physical Activity
Target Audience:
Boys, Elementary School, Girls, High School, Middle School
Curricula in Use:
  • 4-H Cloverbud Activities related to health/nutrition
  • Raising a Thinking Child
CYFAR Coach: Autumn Guin