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National 4-H Models Successful Missouri 4-H LIFE Program (PDF)
4-H National Mentoring Program newsletter
April 2012







4-H program helps family stay bonded despite prison bars (Article)
Columbia Missourian, Columbia, Mo.
Jan. 10, 2012







Break from prison: 4-H program helps incarcerated women connect with their families (Article)
News-Press Now, St. Joseph, Mo.
Jan. 2012






Camp teaches science through space (Article and video)
4-H LIFE youth participate in 4-H conferences and camps such as the 2011 Aerospace Camp
Aug. 20, 2011


Rob Wilkerson accepting award with Missouri state representatives Jill Schupp; Patrice Mugg, CTF chair; and Kirk Schreiber, CTF executive director


4-H LIFE awarded grant funding
Children's Trust Fund grant recognition ceremony
Sept. 19, 2011







Grant funding award
4-H program strengths family ties between children and incarcerated parents - grant to expand Missouri model to other states (PDF)
Sept. 13, 2011


MU Extension Family Support Program Expands Across Missouri (Article and video)
KOMU, Columbia, Mo.
Aug. 11, 2011



4-H LIFE program gets grant to expand (Article and audio)
Aug. 11, 2011


MU Extension program given grant funding to connect children, parents in prison (Article)
Columbia Missourian, Columbia, Mo.
Aug. 10, 2011

MU Extension program receives grant to help children of incarcerated parents (Article)
News Bureau — University of Missouri
Aug. 10, 2011

National 4-H Council - National mentoring program (PDF)
4-H National Mentoring Program newsletter
March 2011


4-H Recognized at National Mentoring Summit (Article)
Missouri Ag Connection
Jan. 27, 2011





4-H LIFE listed as National Programs Distinction
See summary at
(add 4-H LIFE in program title then search)
October 6, 2010

4-H LIFE program has national impact (PDF)
Missouri 4-H Annual Report 2010





Daily Journal Online
by Paula Barr
July 11-13, 2010

Barr’s story was selected 2nd place in the Community Affairs/Public Interest category for Division IV newspapers, daily circulations less than 10,000. Judging was conducted by AP member newspapers in Texas.

Program teaches parenting skills, part 1
4-H LIFE gives incentive to improve, part 2
4-H trying to reach a different audience, part 3

4-H LIFE families
4-H LIFE program teaches

Photo gallery
Gallery: 4-H program


SOAR Award (Service Over and Above Requirements)

This is a group that possesses many strengths, knowledge and abilities that make them effective leaders in respective communities. They are not only dedicated to the 4-H LIFE program, but they are dedicated to family, friends, and co-workers. Their unfailing commitment to the program and the offenders they serve inspires others to continually look for ways to improve and enhance the broad spectrum of the correctional system.

For demonstrating dedication, outstanding service and volunteerism in the pursuit of improving communities and changing lives, it is the honor of W.E.R.D.C.C. to bestow this award to


The dedication of our Volunteers in Corrections is both admirable and inspiring. These individuals are to be recognized and applauded for their commitment to make a difference in the lives of offenders and for the positive impact they have on our communities.

WERDCC Audrain County
March 2010



University Extension hosts annual meeting

Feb. 26, 2010


Volunteer work can add new dimensions to life
Daily Journal
Jan. 4, 2010




4-H LIFE group helps children of incarcerated women meet challenges (PDF)
Dec. 24, 2009





Vandalia 4-H LIFE club to make holiday treats for WERDCC and Mexico Animal Shelter dogs (PDF)
Mexico Ledger

Dec. 23, 2009

Children of Incarcerated Parents: An Action Plan for Federal Policymakers (PDF)
The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center

Oct. 2009

Youth Learn Life Lessons in 4-H (PDF)
Mexico Ledger

July 17, 2009

"Life After Prison: A Four Part Series"
"Mommy's House: A Visit to Vandalia Women's Prison"

University of Missouri KBIA 91.3 (NPR)




Missouri prison program fosters family ties behind bars
USA Today
Sept. 2008


Family Focus: Algoa program teaches inmates parenting skills (PDF) 
Jefferson City News Tribune
October 2008



CYFERnet Program Showcase (PDF)
4-H LIFE program spotlighted in CYFERnet
May 2008








Broken Bonds: Understanding & Addressing the Needs of Children with Incarcerated Parents (PDF)
Urban Institute Justice Policy Center report cites the 4-H LIFE program
Feb. 2008




Inmates plead with kids: Do as I say, not as I did
Daily Journal Online
Oct. 14, 2007


Addressing the Needs of Children of Offenders: The 4-H LIFE Model (PDF)
Journal of Youth Development Article 0702PA002

Fall 2007





Incarcerated Fathers and Their Children Find New LIFE 4-H (PDF)
4-H...Power of YOUTH newsletter produced by the National 4-H Council
Winter 2006




Annie E. Casey Foundation Award
The LIFE program was one of five programs in the nation to receive the Family Strengthening Award. Programs are awarded for innovative, exemplary and effective 4-H youth development programs that improve outcomes for rural, disadvantaged families.  The awards are sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation through National 4-H Council. 2005
Annie E. Casey Award to 4-H LIFE (PDF)


National 4-H Programs of Distinction
Supported by the 4-H system partners and coordinated through the National 4-H Headquarters and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the 4-H LIFE program was accepted as one of the Programs of Distinction, a collection of program descriptions that reflect the high quality of 4-H youth development programs that are occurring in communities across the United States. 2005


National Collaboration for Youth
The LIFE Program was selected for inclusion in the National Collaboration for Youth compendium showcasing evaluated programs that demonstrate benefits for youth, families and communities. 2005
4-H LIFE: Making a Difference in the Lives of Youth (PDF)

National Priester Health Award
The Living Interactive Family Education (LIFE) Program was awarded the National Priester Health Award given by Healthy People...Healthy Communities National Network for Health.  Lynna Lawson, Rob Wilkerson, and Tammy Gillespie accepted the award at the 2004 National Priester Conference held in St. Louis, MO.  The award is given for positive health outcomes of program participants. 2005

National Recognition by National Institute of Food and Agriculture
The Irondale Community Computer Lab received the Exemplary Evaluation Award by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.  The Irondale evaluation methodology and outcomes research was designed and led by Dr. Elizabeth G. Dunn, the lead evaluator. 2005

Mizzou - The Magazine of the MU Alumni Association
Fired Up to Serve: Unbarred Family Time Behind Bars, Winter 2005


Children's Trust Fund Grant Award
The Family and Community Resource Program received a grant award from the Children's Trust Fund to plan and host a conference for those who support children of incarcerated parents.  The Children of Offenders Partnership (CO-OP) Conference was the first in Missouri. 2004
Evaluation of the CO-OP Conference (PDF)


Contact: Lynna J. Lawson

The 4-H LIFE program is supported by University of Missouri Extension, the Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Initiative, the Missouri Children's Trust Fund, the National 4-H Council and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Program.