Children, Youth and Families Programs
We help children and families improve their quality of life!
You've heard the bad news about Nevada families -- poverty, high-school dropout rates, teen pregnancy and violence. The good news is Cooperative Extension helps rejuvenate families, one step at a time. With help from teachers, other professionals, volunteers and teen mentors, our educators reach school-aged youth in classrooms, 4-H clubs and after school settings. When children grow up, we continue our influence, nourishing their health, teaching parenting and job skills, and encouraging them to contribute to their community. We educate seniors as well, reaching people throughout their life span.
Children, Youth and Families Programs
All children face risks as they grow and develop, but children who live in low-income housing or are homeless may be at higher risk for participating in risky behaviors. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) developed the 4-H After School Club (ASC) to teach children basic life skills including math, reading, science, positive communication, goal setting, self-responsibility, decision-making and good nutrition. Youth who have these life skills are less likely to participate in risky behaviors.
4-H Youth Development
4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.
All 4 Kids
The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s (UNCE) All 4 Kids: Healthy, Happy, Active, Fit program is an interdisciplinary approach to addressing child obesity. Developed by UNCE faculty from maternal/child nutrition, exercise physiology and child development, the All 4 Kids program helps children meet the Nevada Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) Standards while encouraging preschool children and families to practice healthy eating habits and be active every day.
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) developed Bootstraps, a high-risk youth program that helps teens return to school and/or gain meaningful work.
Calming the Waters: Learning to Manage Western Water Conflict
Conflict has surrounded the Truckee, Carson and Walker River Basins for decades. Key issues include historical use on tribal lands, historical and current water rights, threats to water quality, and wildlife habitat protection. This program teaches youth about Nevada’s water issues and helps them develop the skills needed to address future water conflicts.
Career Edge: Teens Taking Charge of Their Future! A Workforce Readiness Program
The Career Edge: Teens Taking Charge of Their Future! is a workforce readiness program for high school students focused on skill development for workplace and job success. Career Edge helps high school students prepare to get their first "paying" job while working toward their dream job or career. Career Edge provides information and training on interview skills, résumé development, filling out applications, finding job leads and selecting appropriate clothing for the workplace. In addition, many "soft skills" needed in the workplace such as decision-making, teamwork, problem-solving and leadership are integrated throughout the program.
Caring 4 Kids Self-study Guides
Child Passenger Safety Program
Churchill County Community Readiness Network
Nevada communities need rapid access to information during an emergency. In an effort to enhance community preparedness, safety and available resources and by using GPS and GIS mapping, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s 4-H youth and adult leaders in Churchill County are working with community emergency managers to address evacuation and shelter mapping.
Exploring Your True Colors: Building an Effective Team
Exploring Your True Colors is a fun, dynamic and interactive personality program that is based on the Myers-Briggs and Keirsey-Bates studies. Individuals explore and discover their basic temperament and characteristics associated with that temperament. Through personal assessment and experiential activities, participants acquire a deeper understanding of themselves and those they work with. They also discover valuable insights that have innumerable applications in work, family, and personal relationships. The Exploring Your True Colors program encourages teamwork, promotes effective communication and enhances customer service and overall workplace productivity.
Family Storyteller Literacy Program
National award-winning Family Storyteller is a literacy program aimed at encouraging and training parents to play a vital role in the literacy development of their children. Developed by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE), KNPB-TV, the Washoe County libraries and Washoe County School District, the statewide program creates an opportunity for parents and young children to interact around literacy and language activities. Family Storyteller is designed especially for families that may have limited language skills and few children’s books at home.
Fun To Play
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Fun To Play program targets families where, due to the young age, inexperience or limited resources of the parents, young children are placed at-risk for developmental delays and later school difficulties. Fun To Play is a series of weekly infant/child sessions aimed at improving the parenting skills of young parents by increasing the amount of learning activities and interaction they provide their children.
Heart and Shield
Parents and children who have experienced domestic violence in the past participate in hands-on activities to foster family bonds, enhance communication and problem solving skills, and focus on healthy relationships. Parents learn about their child’s development, parenting styles, guidance, coping skills and health and wellness while children and youth build friendships, listening and other social and emotional skills. Each session of the 12-week program includes a healthy snack or meal, separate parent and child meetings, family-based activities, a health and wellness tip and a closing activity. Parent interact with one another during the parent meetings through group discussions, role play and other experiential-based activities. Children and youth learn important skills through play, group discussions, theatre arts, games and other hands on activities.
Keeping Kids Safe: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding to Child Maltreatment
Preventing child abuse and neglect is a high priority in Elko County. Child caregivers, youth workers, volunteers and anyone interested in learning what they can do to prevent child abuse and neglect can attend this workshop. Participants learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect, understand their reporting requirements and their role in preventing child maltreatment.
Little Books and Little Cooks
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Little Books & Little Cooks program is a national ward winning program (from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences) to address parenting and nutrition information. The program teaches both parents and their young children (ages 3-5) important milestones of early learning and literacy, school readiness and good nutrition through a seven-week program. Topics for seven weeks include: proper hand washing procedure, food safety and kitchen safety rules, USDA MyPlate (five food groups), benefits of cooking with children, multicultural foods, parents’ feeding style and hunger and fullness cues, picky eating behaviors, and importance of eating fruits and vegetables. Reading children’s books about nutrition and healthy eating as well as cooking and eating together allow both children and parents to learn about healthy eating and nutrition and gain positive parent-child interaction skills. This program offers children a way to learn important pre-kindergarten skills, including math, science, physical development, health and nutrition, literacy development, social development and creative arts, as well as to try new, nutritious foods.
Nevada State GEAR UP
New Faces, New Places
New Faces, New Places encourages graduates of its 12-week experience to transition into existing 4-H clubs, or to start their own 4-H clubs as they continue to build life-long skills in a group or community club setting. In 2006, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension developed and pilot tested the curriculum in southern Nevada.
Project MAGIC is an innovative, collaborative program designed to help juvenile offenders leave the criminal justice system and become productive members of society. While participating in the program, young people ages 12 to 18 learn: positive communication skills, team building, problem solving and decision making, self-responsibility, conflict resolution, aspiration building and goal setting. Youth also select and conduct a service project designed to benefit their community. Parent sessions include the same life skills.
Seniors CAN is a life skills educational program created by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) to optimize successful aging by improving older adults' quality of life and help them maintain high-quality independent living. This program addresses the needs of southern Nevada's rapidly growing elderly population in Clark County.