University of Missouri (MU) Extension has a
strong history with the National Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR)
initiative and its various components from the beginning of CYFAR programs. As a
Land Grant University with an outreach mission, MU Extension has applied for
and received financial support for collaborative CYFAR efforts. These funds
have been administered through the Human Environmental Sciences and 4-H
Support from CYFAR has empowered
MU Extension to develop innovative pilot programs to reach the at risk
population of Missouri. Module 2 explores these programs developed
through CYFAR New Communities
Aspects from effective and successful CYFAR programs and/or strategies can
be infused into base Extension programs such as those that will be described
in Module 3.
MU Extension and CYFAR at the National
- CYFAR National Networks - MU Extension
faculty have also played key roles in the development and leadership
of several national CYFAR networks. The networks include: National
Network for Family Resiliency; National Network for Child Care; National
Network for and Science and Technology; Healthy People, Healthy
Communities (changed name from National Network for Healthy Decisions.
- CYFAR Technical Assistance - Dr. Ina
Linville served as a CYFAR liaison to seven other states for over 10 years.
In this role, she provided technical assistance to statewide CYFAR
projects, connecting them to the resources of CYFAR and to National
Institute of Food and Agriculture.
- CYFERnet Activities - MU Extension
faculty have also been involved with CYFERnet activities and
leadership. For example, CYFERnet has several editorial boards that review
materials and curricula from Land Grant Universities around the nation.
The editorial boards peer-review the materials for inclusion on the CYFERnet web site.
MU Extension staff have served on the youth,
technology, and school age editorial boards. In addition, Missouri's CYFAR
staff have contributed to the body of resources in CYFERnet.
National CYFAR Conference -
MU Extension faculty have consistently been involved in the annual National CYFAR Conference for extension educators and CYFAR project staff.
MU Extension faculty have provided leadership to committees,
given workshop presentations, and received awards at this annual
conference of 800+ participants.
at the County Level
Through the CYFAR New Communities
Projects (NCP) funding through 2005, MU Extension provided resources for the
following county programs.
In 2006, MU Extension was awarded the CYFAR Sustainable Community
Projects (SCP) funding to expand the 4-H LIFE program, one of the very
successful programs from the Family and Community Resource Program
Youth at Risk Community
- St. Joseph Youth Alliance, St. Joseph
(Don Miller, contact person )
- Walbridge Center, St. Louis
Waheed, contact person)
- STAIRS Program, Sikeston
(Bob Taylor, contact person)
State Strengthening Community Projects
- Effective Black Parenting Program,
(Faye Johnson-Kendrick, contact person)
- Dent County Healthy Communities, Dent
(Bryan Adcock, contact person)
New Communities Projects (2001-2005)
- Washington County programs
- Irondale Community Computer Lab
- West County After-school
- Kingston K-14 Computer Program
- Living Interactive Family
- St Louis City program
(Jody Squires, contact person)
- West End Community Center
- Teen Leader Group
- Pemiscot County program
(Emma Walker, contact person)
- Caruthersville After-school
And more -
University of Missouri Extension has been recognized as a national leader
in the effort to create, implement, and evaluate programs for low income
and at risk youth and their families. As a result, CYFAR has awarded
various subcontracts to MU Extension at various times.
special project example was the Violence Prevention Project, led by
the Adolescent Sexuality
Pregnancy and Parenting (CASPP). This national satellite training
included multiple violence prevention resources that were added to the CYFERnet web site. CASPP featured the
Maltreatment and Adolescent
Pregnancy and Parenting Program (MAPPP) model as a best practice violence