04/20/2012 National Institute of Food and Agriculture




Family & consumer Sciences



United States Department of Agriculture –

National Institute of Food and Agriculture



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 families, farms, communities and the economy.  NIFA’s Institute of Youth, Family, and Community houses the Division of Youth and 4-H and the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences. Family and Consumer Sciences program focuses on family and youth consumer economics.  The nation’s financial attitude, behavior, and knowledge start within the family unit.  Partnerships, such as with the JumpStart Coalition, provide an excellent opportunity to educate and empower young Americans to make wise decisions regarding their personal finances. 


Family and Consumer Economics and 4-H Youth Development programs are offered by the Land-Grant University Cooperative Extension System (CES) to assist families, youth and adults,  in maintaining economic stability and security, managing human and material resources and increasing consumer proficiency. CES will continue its involvement at the national level, as well as locally through its broad network  (Click on link, youth programs opportunities listed) of Extension educators and specialists.

Programs within the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) serve the nation’s needs by supporting exemplary research, education, and extension that addresses many challenges facing the nation. NIFA works with the best and brightest scientists at universities and colleges throughout the United States and around the world to find innovative solutions to global problems.  USDA-NIFA’s deliverables are:

  • Research - enables us to develop the knowledge needed to solve many of the issues facing our nation and the world.
  • Education - strengthens schools and universities to train the next generation of scientists, educators, producers, and citizens.
  • Extension - brings the knowledge gained through research and education to the people who need it most—in the United States and around the world.


We need stakeholders’ involvement and partnerships.  USDA-NIFA is an educational and research network delivered by Cooperative Extension System (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.  CES system makes a difference by people working together; it has a presence in local and state levels, reaching 3,000 counties/territories. 


4-H Build a Million:  Welcome to the Club!

Two sites are available:  Youth and Educator/Volunteer Site   Go to:  http://www.extension.org/pages/61531/4-h-build-a-million 

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan 4-H launches a program designed to educate Michigan youth on the ins and outs of investing, budgeting, credit cards, stocks and many other aspects of personal finance.

The 4-H Build a Million Club curriculum is designed for use by students in grades nine through 12 in classrooms, in out-of-school and after-school programs and in 4-H clubs, groups and camps.

The curriculum has six hour-long units, each containing two to four lessons. Units cover a variety of topics including investing basics, calculating financial risk and finding out what it takes to become a millionaire.

4-H Build a Million Club will boost teens’ confidence in their own ability to handle their finances once they leave the family home. The book’s “do – reflect – apply” design allows youth to test their new skills in a game or activity, reflect with each other about the process and then apply the skill to their own lives.

The accompanying website features youth and educator sections, allowing teen participants and their adult mentors, teachers and parents to explore the world of finance on their own time.

The “Million” development team was led by Michigan State University doctoral student Erica Tobe. The curriculum is now under the leadership of the Youth Financial Capability team within the Financial Security for All Community of Practice at eXtension. The eXtension network is composed of researchers and educators from Cooperative Extension Services at land-grant universities across the United States, government agencies and industry.


Susan S. Shockey, Ph.D., CFCS, CPFFE                                                                
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Lisa A. Lauxman, Ph.D.
Director, 4-H National Headquarters, Division of Youth & 4-H
202- 690-4568
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