The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture investing more than $10.5 million to support educators across the country. Funds are going to technical schools, community and junior colleges, and youth development programs, including the Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program. NIFA is giving a $3 million grant to the National 4-H Council to support the continued development of 4-H at Home, which is the positive youth development digital platform here.
4-H at Home is designed to meet the growing needs for virtual and non-virtual educational resources that can easily be used by families at home or rapidly adopted by educators and Extension personnel. It’s intended to “level the playing field” and address the widening opportunity gap for youth and families as a result of COVID-19. Since the onset of COVID-19, 4-H educators are even more dedicated to ensuring kids, families, and communities have the support they need, including educational resources, caring adult mentors, and perhaps most importantly, a sense of community.
A 4-H news release says, “Thanks to the significant grant from NIFA, our Cooperative Extension Network can expand its reach through 4-H at Home by providing effective learning experiences to meet the needs of families across the country.”