Youth, Families and Communities Statewide Program
The Youth Families and Communities, a statewide program of the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, administers youth, nutrition, family, and community programs in California, including the following:
- 4-H Youth Development Program - This statewide program offered in 57 counties focuses on providing experiential learning experiences that develop leadership, citizenship, life skills, and supportive environments in which culturally diverse youth and adults are engaged to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development. Learn more on the California 4-H website.
- Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) - This nutrition education program, available in 24 counties, assists low-income families with young children to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior change necessary to make nutritionally sound diet choices and improve their nutritional welfare. Learn more on the California EFNEP website.
- Master Food Preservers - The University of California Master Food Preserver Program extends UC research-based information about home food safety and preservation to the public. UC Master Food Preservers offer volunteer services and outreach to the general public in 17 California counties. Learn more on the UC Master Food Preservers website.
Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences (NFCS)
The NFCS Program works to address two UC ANR Strategic Vision 2025 Initiatives:
- Healthy Families and Communities
- Promoting healthy behaviors for childhood obesity prevention
- Helping consumers make informed decisions regarding food choices, nutrition, and health
- Improving consumers' food management skills
- Ensure Safe and Secure Food Supplies
- Educating community organizations and consumers on safe food handling practices