Brunswick County 4-H

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YES- Youth Extension Service Aids Military Families June 10, 2010

Filed under: 4-H — Blair Green @ 12:58 pm

NC 4-H is pleased to announce the establishment of the Youth Extension Service (YES). YES was created in response to the growing needs of military families for youth development programming.  This initiative is designed to expand & enrich the efforts of the US Department of Defense through Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JFSAP) & Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP).  This initiative is supported by the National Institute of Food & Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture & the U. S. Department of Defense.

YES interns provide youth development programming for military youth while their parents &/or guardians are participating in pre- &/or post-deployment processing.  This goal is accomplished through a cohort of 25 to 30 college-aged students who serve as YES interns for one year while continuing their university studies.  YES interns are recruited from universities across the nation, & are interested in pursuing careers in Extension, community-based organizations, non-profits &/or military family-related support.  Typically, YES interns are rising juniors or seniors in college.  They are selected through a national search, application & interview process. 

After their selection as YES interns, they receive high-level training in leadership development, facilitation skills, youth development & curriculum.  As a result of the training & experience, YES interns become highly skilled youth development leaders & facilitators. YES interns are equipped with cutting-edge technology & support to ensure their success.  Each YES staff intern is required to select a related research project to complete during his/her year of service.  YES interns will work with a professional who will serve as a mentor throughout their yearlong service.  The topic is approved by the YES program director & efforts will be made to assist YES interns so that they may receive college credit for their projects.  YES interns are prime candidates for future employment in the public sector.

Throughout their year of service, YES interns are deployed in teams to different states to provide youth development programming & support for military children &youth.  This need is especially critical during adult-focused events & activities for military personnel, spouses, significant others & other appropriate family members.  YES intern teams are scheduled for a location for two to three days (usually a weekend) depending upon the programming needs & audience size at that particular location.   The youth development programs offered at the site are based on the ages, interests & duration of the program for the youth participants.  YES interns receive a stipend & the program covers all expenditures incurred related to the YES initiative.  This national program is housed at NC State University in the Department of 4-H Youth Development & Family & Consumer Sciences.

 Within the next few weeks we will begin recruiting our first cohort of YES interns.  More info will be released soon with more details on the program & the position announcements.  If you have questions regarding this program, please feel free to contact me at marshall_stewart@ncsu.edu.

Marshall Stewart

Principal Investigator, Project YES

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