The Youth Extension Service (YES) was created in response to the growing needs of military families for youthdevelopment programming. This initiative is designed to expand and enrich the efforts of the United States Department of Defense through Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JFSAP) and Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP). The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U. S. Department of Defense support this initiative.
YES interns provide youth development programming for military youth while their parents and/or guardians are participating in pre- and/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, and are interested in pursuing careers in Extension, community-based organizations, non-profits and/or military family-related support. Typically, YES interns are rising juniors or seniors in college. They are selected through a national search, application and interview process.
After their selection as YES interns, they receive high-level training in leadership development, facilitation skills, youth development and curriculum. As a result of the training and experience, YES interns become highly skilled youth development leaders and facilitators. YES interns are equipped with cutting-edge technology and 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 and 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 and support for military children and youth. This need is especially critical during adult-focused events and activities for military personnel, spouses, significant others and 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 and audience size at that particular location. The youth development programs offered at the site are based on the ages, interests and duration of the program for the youth participants.
YES interns receive a stipend and 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 and Family & Consumer Sciences. If you have questions regarding this program, please feel free to contact Dr. Marshall Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U. S. Department of Defense under Award No. 2009-48667-05833. Developed in partnership with [lead university] and [other universities, alphabetically listed]. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.