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Angela Richardson
Program Coordinator, 4-H Metro/Military
University of Illinois Extension
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987
arichar@illinois.edu

Diane Baker
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development-Metro & Military
University of Illinois Extension
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987
bakerd@illinois.edu

Quad Cities Operation Military Kids

Quad Cities Operation Military Kids

Partnering with Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve to bring 4-H to Military youth.

4-H Military Partnerships

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 4-H National Headquarters partners with U.S. Army Child, Youth & School Services, U.S. Air Force Child and Youth Programs, U.S. Navy Child and Youth Programs, and National Guard and Reserve to support 4-H clubs and programming for military connected youth.
The USDA partnership with the Department of Defense, Office of Secretary of Defense, Military Family and Community Policy supports Deployment Support Camps for military connected youth and families.

Partnership programs

• 4-H Military Partnership Grants support 4-H clubs and programming for all military connected youth on installations and in communities
• Overseas Military 4-H clubs receive support from four state 4-H programs
• Professional development opportunities are available for military youth programs staff and Extension staff
• Curriculum Development – 4-H 101, 4-H 201, Tech Discovery, and Up For the Challenge: Lifetime Fitness, Healthy Decisions
• Youth and Family camps – day and residential camp opportunities

Extension 4-H Military Liaisons

The Extension 4-H Military Liaison is a Land Grant University Extension professional who serves as a link between the State Cooperative Extension System, Military Service Branches in the state, and 4-H National Headquarters. Liaisons coordinate, network, and facilitate programs and resources working with partners at the university, military partners, and partners across their states in support of programming for military connected children, youth, and families.

Partnership Benefits

• Mission Readiness—With their children in quality programs, Military personnel can focus on their mission
• Transition—Military youth can find 4-H in every county/parish in the U.S. and on overseas installations
• 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development—Research shows 4-H youth excel beyond their peers: 4-H youth are more likely to be civically active, make contributions to their communities, participate in science programs during out-of-school time, and make healthier choices. (Tufts University, 2012)
• Use of Public Resources—tax dollars are used wisely for positive youth development

Military Partnership Resources