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4-H Program Logic Model for Military Connected Youth

Are you interested in better outcomes for the military connected youth YOU serve? Join us for an informative webinar introducing the new Military Connected Youth Logic Model. You don’t want to miss it!

4-H youth development and family life science programs along within the Cooperative Extension System provide a support network and interpersonal growth opportunities that help youth develop skills to help them become more resilient in the face of change and adaptive in navigating everyday life and the issues of growing up.  The goal in developing and strengthening resiliency in youth and families is to identify key skills that enable them to increase coping skills, adapt effectively, and emerge stronger from crises and persistent stressors, whether from within or from outside the family.

To assist 4-H in delivering program that meet the needs of the military, a  4-H military connected youth logic model was developed, providing an empirically based and theoretically informed process to guide service provision and the development of evidence-based programming for military connected youth.  Logic Models have been successfully used in a variety of 4-H youth development programs throughout the United States, resulting in positive outcomes for youth participants. Participants are encouraged to download the event material before the webinar begins.

 Dr. Carol Benesh will discuss how this model will guide programming to strengthen the impact. Based on military family research, Dr. Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth will identify the needs of military youth and within the context of their family. Tonia Durden and Casey Mull will discuss the development of the model and how it can guide 4-H programming to meet the need of military youth and their families. Charlotte Cross will share how New Hampshire has used a logic model to design their 4-H Military Partnership program.  

It is recommended to download the materials before the webinar starts. You can find the 4-H Program Logic Model for Military Connected Youth on the 4-H Military Partnership website, Besides using the logic model to guild this work, it is important to identify the impact programs make and improve the replication of the program(s).  4-H is using the 4-H Common Measures assessment tools to support 4-H program in the areas of Positive Youth Development, 4-H Science, Citizenship, and Healthy Living.  This material can be found at:


Development Committee Members: 
Carol A. Benesh, Ed.D, National Program Leader, Military, Child and Youth, Division of Youth and 4-H, National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Charlotte W. Cross, Extension Professor/Specialist, Youth and Family, UNH Cooperative Extension, UNHCE Military Youth and Family Programs 

Tonia R. Durden, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Extension Early Childhood Education Specialist Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Shelley M. MacDermid Wadsworth, Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies and Director or the Center for Families and Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University

Casey D. Mull, Extension 4-H Specialist - Military Programs, UGA Cooperative Extension

Tekila H. Gray, Program Analyst, Planning, Accountability and Reporting, National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Harriett C. Edwards, Ed.D.,  Assistant Professor & Extension 4-H Specialist, Department of 4-H Youth Development & Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, NC State University

Carol Fink, PhD., 4-H Youth Development Specialist, Kansas State University


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