South Carolina 4-H Military Partnership and Programs

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South Carolina 4-H Military Partnership, as part of the 4-H/Army Youth Development Project, is a vital part of the Army Integrated Family Support Network (AIFSN) delivery system. Families and youth can access information about 4-H Military programs by contacting the South Carolina Coordinator, Stephanie Martin (slj5@clemson.edu).

Through a network of community partners, 4-H provides youth program opportunities for school-age, middle school and high school youth and connects them to support resources where they live.  

Through 4-H, Military Youth can:

  • Participate in a range of recreational, social & educational programs

  • Gain leadership, organizational, and technical skills by participating in STEM activities with the Mobile Technology Lab

  • Attend activities designed to support military youth
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  • Meet other youth who are also experiencing deployment

 The National Partners of South Carolina 4-H Military Partnership are:

  • U.S. Army Child & Youth Services (Active, National Guard & Reserve)

  • National 4-H Headquarters

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America

  • Military Child Education Coalition & K-12 Public School

For Army National Guard Families: Get your youth involved with the State Child & Youth Program! Contact a Child & Youth Program Coordinator (or the State Family Program Director) near you to check out the program offerings and activities they can participate in, visit:  https://www.militaryonesource.mil/national-guard/joint-services-support-program.

For Army Reserve Families: Get your youth involved with a Child, Youth, School Service Program! Contact a  CYSS specialist near you to check out the program offerings and activities they can participate in go to https://www.armymwr.com/programs-and-services/family-assist/child-youth-school-services or Fort Family Support & Outreach Center at 1-866-345-8248 for assistance in connecting with CYSS specialist.

You may also visit the 4-H Military Partnership website at https://4-hmilitarypartnerships.org/

South Carolina 4-H Military Partnership is designated to provide support to the children and youth of families that are impacted by global contingency operations.  This includes those served by Army installations, Air Force, Navy, and Marine bases, and those families, children, and youth who are geographically dispersed.

Building upon their past collaboration to support youth development programs, 4-H and its military partners are now placing special emphasis on the children and youth of National Guard and Reserve Soldiers.

Many National Guard and Reserves children do not view themselves as 'military' until their parent's deployment. Their parents have a civilian job and are a citizen-soldier with a commitment to the military and our country. The situation created by a deployment places unique stress on the youth and their families.

Working together we can all have a strong impact on military families in our own backyard by:

  • Creating community support networks for military youth “in our own backyard” when military parents are deployed.

  • Promoting awareness of the public on the impact of the deployment cycle on military, families, kids and the community as a whole.

  • Supporting military kids coping with the stress of knowing their deployed parents may be in harm's way.

  • Collaborating with schools to ensure that staff is attuned to the unique needs of military students.

  • Delivering educational, recreational and social programs for military youth living in civilian communities. It becomes a part of the ongoing deployment support services for military children and youth.

  • Building community capacity to support geographically dispersed military families and children.