WHAT WE DO
Through research, education and extension programs, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), in partnership with the Land-Grant University and Cooperative Extension System helps strengthen youth and families. NIFA’s Institute of Youth, Family and Community houses the Division of Youth and 4-H, and the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences. The nation’s financial attitude, behavior and knowledge start within the family unit. Partnerships with the Jump$tart Coalition provide an excellent opportunity to educate and empower young Americans to make wise decisions regarding their personal finances.
WHAT WE OFFER
U.S. Department of Agriculture-NIFA provides capacity funds through the Land-Grant University Cooperative Extension System (CES) to educate families, youth and adults, so that individuals can be self-sustaining and economically stable. CES will continue its involvement at the national level, as well as locally through its broad network of Extension educators and specialists. Programs within NIFA serve the nation’s needs by supporting exemplary research, education, and extension that addresses many challenges facing the nation.
WHAT WE NEED
We need stakeholders’ involvement and partnerships. USDA-NIFA is the federal partner in the educational and research network delivered by CES. Programs are designed to be community operated and advised by community participants through a grass-roots approach. Program operations are funded through local (county commissioner funds), state and federal appropriations. In addition, grant dollars fund research and curriculum development. The CES system makes a difference by people working together; it has a presence in local and state levels, reaching 3,000 counties/territories.
My Financial Future is a new national 4-H Money Management Curriculum. The 4-H project helps youth to organize their finances. The My Financial Future curriculum helps middle and high school youth develop critical skills and knowledge in money management. Participants learn about financial literacy concepts through case studies and real-life scenarios. Additional concepts covered include career planning, setting up SMART goals, managing financial records, creating spending and savings plans, choosing payment methods, and managing credit. The curriculum can be purchased (http://www.4-hmall.org/Category/bus-cit-financial.aspx)
Amy McCune, Ph.D.
4-H National Headquarters, Division of Youth & 4-H
Susan S. Shockey, Ph.D., CFCS, CPFFE
Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy