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WSU Extension

Youth & Families

Impacting individuals and communities across the state.

The Youth and Families Program Unit meets community needs by providing community-based programs, conducting applied research, and collaborating with others to create an environment where individuals can thrive in richly diverse communities. 

Program Areas

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Nutrition Education

Our programs support improved health and well-being for individuals, families and communities through increased nutrition security and opportunities to be physically active. Program staff facilitate nutrition education classes, both online and in community settings, as well as policy, system and environmental changes that make it easier for participants to improve diet quality, maximize food dollars, and increase physical activity.
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Supporting Strong Families

Our programs support parents and caregivers from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and life stages to raise children who thrive by helping families recognize and build upon their strengths. Our work helps families remain strong in the aftermath of divorce, be prepared for when their young children begin school, and stay connected as their children move into adolescence. 
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Promoting Consumer Food Safety

Our programs offer consumers evidence-based educational opportunities and resources on food safety, including how to buy, store, prepare and serve food. We help families stay healthy and avoid foodborne illness. Consumers learn about home food preservation and limiting food waste. Farm to table, eating local and growing your own food promotes self-reliance and sustainable food systems.    
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Cultivating Health and Wellness

Our programs support individuals and families to lead productive lives and produce the next and future generations of healthy, responsible, and informed citizens. Our work provides evidence-based education and resources to improve knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors to support financial, physical, and mental health. 
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4-H Youth Program

The 4-H Youth Development program empowers youth to reach their full potential and develop life skills by working and learning in partnership with caring adults. 

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