There is an Extension office in almost every county in the United States. The Extension system is the outreach link between local communities, the educational base of the land-grant universities, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). In 1914, this educational system was developed to assist in the well-being and productivity of people throughout the United States. This link was designed to transmit information from the university to the people where they live, work, and play.
To effectively meet the immediate needs o f citizens, Extension staff work with community advisory groups. These groups help establish local operating procedures which are in line with state and federal guidelines. This process assures that the mission of Extension is effectively achieved. The County Extension Program Organization and Plan Chart shows the organizational arrangement of various groups that function in Indiana counties. All Indiana counties are not organized exactly the same, but the chart shows a typical arrangement. It is through this arrangement that local residents communicate needs, create a working relationship with Extension staff, and help establish a list of local priorities.
Essential Elements of 4-H Youth Development
The elements included in the table below are ones that research has shown contribute to the positive development of youth. We strive to include each of these elements in some way in each 4-H opportunity provided to our youth.
4-H Youth Development Councils may be incorporated with the Indiana Secretary of State. 4-H Youth Development Councils may receive both public and private money to support the operating expenses of the 4-H Youth Development Program. The 4-H Youth Development Council members have the responsibiltiy of advising, planning, and implementing an educational program in their community. They have been empowered and positioned to help carry out a public trust. A recommended role description for a 4-H Youth Development Council member can be found here.
Organization of Extension
Organization of Indiana 4-H Youth Development
4-H Youth Development Council Structure
4-H Youth Development Council Functions
Key People in the 4-H Youth Development Program
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