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4-H Gets Academic Home in ISU College of Human Sciences

Nancy Franz


AMES, Iowa – 4-H Youth Development always has had a physical home on the Iowa State University campus. Now ISU Extension’s youth program has an academic home as well.

With the arrival in May of Nancy Franz as the new associate dean for ISU Extension and Outreach for Families and 4-H Youth, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development has formally joined the College of Human Sciences. Franz will serve 4-H as an academic matchmaker, originating partnerships with people and programs within the college as well as across the Iowa State campus.

Chuck Morris will continue to direct day-to-day operations for the 4-H program, which reaches one in five Iowa youth with leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills development.

What This Means for 4-H and the College
With 4-H formally part of the College of Human Sciences, the youth program has increased access to research, program evaluation and outcome assessment – opening channels to better document both the quality of 4-H programs and the impact 4-H activities have on youth and communities, Franz said.

“Having 4-H be part of the college connects 4-H staff and volunteers more directly to Iowa State’s research base. Iowa State students, faculty and staff are potential collaborators who can help develop the educational resources that are key to 4-H hands-on learning experiences,” Franz said.

With more than 109,500 youth involved in 4-H clubs, special interest groups, school enrichment and other 4-H programs in the past year, Iowa 4-H is a living social science laboratory for demonstrating how community education works, she said.

“4-H also connects ISU students and alumni to volunteer and career opportunities. And Iowa 4-H’ers are potential Iowa State students,” Franz added.

About the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America with programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. One in five Iowa school-age youth participates in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. 4-H is supported by federal, state and county funding, private grants and donations, and fees. For more information about joining 4-H, contact your Iowa State University Extension county office at www.extension.iastate.edu/content/county-offices/ or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4H.

About the College of Human Sciences
Home to one in every seven Iowa State students, the College of Human Sciences propels science and technology that advances the way people live and learn. Students in the college learn to improve quality of life by cultivating healthy citizens, effective learners, a high-tech workforce and thriving communities. With expertise in educational, physical, social, mental and emotional growth throughout the lifespan, faculty in the College of Human Sciences teach, research and serve Iowans to improve people’s lives. For more information about the college, visit www.hs.iastate.edu.


Contacts :

Nancy Franz, Associate Dean, Extension and Outreach for Families and 4-H Youth, 515-294-8876, nfranz@iastate.edu

Cathy Curtis, Human Sciences Administration, 515-294-8175, ccurtis@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, 515-294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu


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