Community Capacity Building

Community Capacity Building in support of military families.

Military Internships

The Cooperative Extension Internship program with the Military Families Partnership has opportunities for interns who want to gain experience working with youth, school-age, and child development programs. This experience can take place on military installations across the United States with some opportunities for international placement. Interns will receive an hourly wage or stipend and travel expense assistance. Additionally, current students may receive academic credit.

For more information and access to the application, click here. For more details and further questions, email Jessica Wandless,  Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Internship Coordinator.

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eXtension is unlike any other search engine or information-based website. It’s a space where university content providers can gather and produce new educational and information resources on wide‐ranging topics. Because it’s available to students, researchers, clinicians, professors, as well as the general public, at any time from any Internet connection, eXtension helps solve real-life problems in real time.

Workforce Development

Look what we're doing to increase the work force of qualified child care professionals!

Project YES! hits triple digits in first year of operation!

Twelve months ago, Project Youth Extension Service (YES!) was a new
organization, working hard to spread the word about what the new kid
on the block had to offer. After a few conference calls, a few more office
calls, and many (many) emails, Project YES! was on the road supporting
Yellow Ribbon events and our tremendous military families.

One year later, those few events blossomed into a blockbuster schedule.
Project YES! interns logged over 215,000 miles spanning 27 states and 1
US territory. They’ve been to booming cities and, well let’s say, some
quaint little towns. In their travels, they’ve worked in resorts, convention
centers, schools and playgrounds! They’ve flown, driven, taken trains
and caught shuttles. However, regardless where they’ve been or how
they’ve gotten there, one thing has remained constant. At every
location, in every city and at every event, they’ve worked with vibrant,
excited youth and teens. They are no different than most of their friends,
except perhaps for the fact that a loved one will be, has been, or is
currently deployed.

The past 215,000 miles, dozens of flights and hundreds of hours were
spent working with 2,572 of the finest young Americans. Like us, they
serve their nation in their own very personal and difficult ways … as
family members.

Project YES! will continue to take our youth development programs
where they are needed. We will continue to answer the call and to work
with these great youth as often as we possibly can. Thank you for a great
year, and more importantly, for the honor of “serving those who serve us.”

Visit for more information about Project YES!

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Forging the Partnership: 2011 DoD/USDA Family Resilience Conference

April 26-29, 2011
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois

Board of Human Sciences (BoHS) and Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences (CAFCS) Joint Conference
March 2-4, 2011
Hyatt Arlington
Arlington, VA

Panel on Military Families featuring:
Caroline Crocoll or Brent Elrod, USDA
Cathann Kress, DoD
Danny Perkins, Penn State
Lynne Borden, UAZ


Strengthening Family, Child Care & Youth Development Programs

Children, Youth, & Family Programs Professional Development & Technical Assistance.

Increasing Access to Quality Child Care

Through the Extension-Military Partnership, University of Nebraska faculty are working with local Extension professionals in 13 states to provide training to professionals who care for military dependent children located off-installations, including children of National Guard and Reserve members. The goals of  the Child Care and Youth Training and Technical Assistance Project are to increase the number of military dependent children ready for school with improved educational competencies and for military service members to be confident that their children have access to high quality, stable child care.

Training will take place in these thirteen states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

Please contact Kathleen Lodl, PhD, University of Nebraska, for more information.

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Barbara Thompson


Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy (MC & FP)

Brent Elrod

National Program Leader – Extension Military Support Programs

Institute of Youth, Family, and Community National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Dr. Renée K. McKee


Military Community, Family & Youth Extension Program

Listing of 2010-2011 Extension and Military Collaboration Partners (pdf)

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