4-H ARMY YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
A HISTORY OF PARTNERSHIP
Since its inception in 1995, the 4-H/Army Youth Development Project (4-H/AYDP) has evolved into a model program of cooperation between Federal agencies. Through the 4-H/AYDP, National 4-H Headquarters and Army Child, Youth and Schools Services (CYS) partner to provide predictable, quality youth programs and introduce 4-H to Army installations worldwide. The partnership links resources of the Land Grant University Extension System to Army youth programs in pursuit of their common mission for positive youth development experiences for children and youth wherever they live.
Recognizing the skills and knowledge that 4-H is known for, Army CYS Services has partnered with 4-H professionals from around the nation to develop a variety of youth and professional development curricula to be used by Army staff and youth. Programs such as Up for the Challenge: Lifetime Fitness, Healthy Decisions (a fitness, nutrition and health curriculum developed by the University of Maryland) meet the needs of military and civilian youth and are available in the resources section for military and extension staff.