4-H Military Partnership Youth Programs

    4-H Military Partnership Youth Programs

    youth with army truck
    military youth working on ropes course together
    group of military youth completeing sewing projects
    4-H Military Partnerships create opportunities for military connected youth to find support, consistency, belonging, independence, generosity and mastery. For more information on 4-H military partnership, see below or visit

    In local communities and worldwide, we all work together in providing a support network for military kids - the everyday heroes in our own backyard.

    • 4-H Military Partnership Grants support 4-H clubs and programming for all military connected youth on installations and in communities
    • 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
    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.


    The Utah Military Liaison is David Francis - dave.francis@usu.edu
    • 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
    For more information about 4-H Military Partnerships and to identify go to www.4-hmilitarypartnerships.org
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
      • Department of Defense
      • Office of Secretary of Defense
      • Military Family and Community Policy supports Deployment Support Camps
      • 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
    • National Guard and Reserve
    • Utah National Guard Child and Youth Programs (UTNG)

    School Resources


    Contact Information

    Dave Francis

    4-H Youth Development Specialist
    4-H Military Liaison
    3003 North Thanksgiving Way
    Lehi, UT 84043
    435-760-4109 | dave.francis@usu.edu 

    J. Kelly Barnes

    State Youth Coordinator
    Family Programs Office
    Utah National Guard

    Connie Packer

    Contractor, BPSI
    Camp Williams

    Brent Broome

    USAR School Service Specialist
    Army Reserve Child, Youth & School Services

    Jill Lukes



    Vivian D'Andrade

    USAR Youth Services Specialist

    Servicemember and Family Support Services