Youth, Families and Communities Statewide Program
Youth Families and Communities is a statewide program of the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. It encompasses youth, nutrition, family, and community programs in California, including the following:
4-H Youth Development Program
The University of California 4-H Youth Development Program is available statewide in 57 counties. California 4-H provides experiential learning experiences for youth ages 5 to 18. Youth develop leadership and life skills with projects in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Healthy Living, and Civic Engagement. In supportive learning environments, 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.
Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences (NFCS)
- 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
NFCS Programs include:
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
In California, EFNEP is delivered in 24 counties. EFNEP 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.
UC 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.
The CalFresh Healthy Living, University of California program is delivered through the Cooperative Extension offices in 32 counties. As one of four State Implementing Agencies for CalFresh Healthy Living, the University of California teaches people eligible for SNAP about good nutrition, how to make their food dollars stretch further, and how to be physically active at any age. Effective, evidenced-based nutrition education and physical activity classes are aligned with policy, systems and environmental change strategies to create long lasting community change.