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SU Ag Center Partners in Military Community, Family and Youth Extension Project - Friday, May 20, 2011
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Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Contact: Bridget Udoh
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SU Ag Center Partners in Military Community, Family and Youth Extension
BATON ROUGE, LA, 5/20/2011 - The USDA/National Institute of Food and
Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded a grant to Purdue University as the prime
recipient. Purdue sub-contracted to Southern University Agricultural Research
and Extension Center who extended sub-awards to Mississippi State University,
Louisiana State University, and Alcorn State University.
The project entitled MISS-LOU: Connecting Kids and Community, Military Families
Initiative is designed to meet the needs of military and non-military communities.
This project will strengthen the partnership between 1862 and 1890
institutions. The partnership involves two 1862 institutions - Mississippi
State University, and LSU, and two 1890 institutions - Alcorn State University
and Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center.
The overall vision is to establish a comprehensive program that will educate
and strengthen the lives of youth in military families by connecting them to
available resources and community support on a continual basis.
Each university is using the community or victory garden concept to support
out-of-school time programs for youth; specifically youth that have
parents/guardians in the Military National Guard and Reserve. Participants will
have the opportunity to gain knowledge and hands-on experience through the use
of innovative strategies that encourage participation. Activities will also
enhance and expand family relationships, community service, character
development, health and well being, and career/workforce readiness skills
development. In Louisiana, local community groups in Zachary will support the
mentoring component of this project; groups include the Zachary Men's Club and
The SU Ag Center is excited to host the 8-week summer component of the program.
For more information, contact Tiffany Franklin at: 225/771-2775 or Stephanie
Elwood at: 225/771- 2134.
Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Leodrey
Williams, Chancellor; Gina E. Eubanks, Vice Chancellor of Extension; Tiffany
Franklin, Project Coordinator; Stephanie Elwood, Extension Associate/Community