The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension (UNH CE) Military Youth and Family Program (MYFP) supports and connects geographically dispersed military-connected youth and families. To accomplish this, we partner with all branches of the military, youth groups, businesses, schools, community groups and organizations, state and local agencies, volunteers, and others to enhance the well-being of military youth and families. These initiatives are supported by Cooperative Extension at the national and state level, as well as federal grants from the Department of Defense and branches of the military.
The 4-H Military Youth and Family Program offers engaging educational opportunities for geographically dispersed military youth and families. In addition to learning something new, these programs provide opportunities for military families to get together in an informal environment to explore 4-H, have fun, and build a web of social support. Most program themes relate to the 4-H Youth Development and Military Youth Program mission areas of Healthy Living and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).
- 4-H Healthy Living programs are designed to promote healthy eating, physical fitness and social and emotional well-being. Choosing to be healthy as a family can be fun, whether learning how to plan and make nutritious snacks and meals, or engaging in physical activities like hiking, swimming, canoeing, or yoga.
- 4-H STEAM learning experiences provide opportunities to experience science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math through fun, hand-on activities and projects. What could be better than exploring and understanding the world of science and art by creating trebuchets to launch water balloons, building a SeaPerch to explore underwear robotics, designing water bottle rockets, and creating some bubble art?
Through these experiences, military youth and families connect with one another and learn about even more 4-H opportunities offered in their local communities, across the country, and on military bases all over the world!