The MU Extension 4-H LIFE is a positive youth development program created to address the needs of children with incarcerated parents. The program is a partnership between land grant university extension agents, corrections and 4-H volunteer mentors who guide youth and their families in education, fun activities held during monthly 4-H Family Club meetings in the prison visiting room. Community volunteer mentors also provide important support as the 4-H LIFE youth engage in ongoing 4-H programs that emphasize responsibility.

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Missouri 4-H LIFE Program sites

  • Chillicothe - Chillicothe Correctional Center
  • Jefferson City - Jefferson City Correctional Center
  • Mineral Point - Potosi Correctional Center
  • Pacific - Missouri Eastern Correctional Center
  • Vandalia - Women's Eastern, Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center

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The 4-H LIFE program is supported by University of Missouri Extension, Missouri 4-H Foundation, 4-H LIFE Offender Organizations, and the Missouri Department of Corrections Offender Canteen Funds.

Past support from the Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Initiative, Hussman Foundation, Missouri Presbytery, Missouri Children's Trust Fund, the National 4-H Council and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Program.

Contact 4-H LIFE

Lynna J. Lawson lawsonl@missouri.edu