Children Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) grant

The National Institute of Food and

Agriculture (NIFA) of the USDA offers a

program: CYFAR. It is a funding program

that seeks to improve the quality of

community-based programs for at-risk

children, youth, and families sponsored

by the Cooperative Extension System.

The CYFAR mission is to mobilize

resources of the Cooperative Extension

and Land-Grant Systems to develop and

implement educational programs that

provide limited resource families and

youth who are at-risk of not meeting

basic human needs with the necessary

skills to lead contributing, productive,

and positive lives.


The CYFAR Program is based on

effective research programs for atrisk

youth and families and on working

across the life span on the human

ecological principle within the context of

the family and community. CYFAR

supports intensive, comprehensive,

community-based programs developed

with active citizen participation in all

phases, to ensure that critical needs of

children and families are met. CYFAR

promotes building resiliency and

protective factors in youth, families, and


Teen Opportunities:

Participate in 4-H

Be positively impacted

Participate in hands-on


Learn about gardening and


Attend field trips to learn

about careers in Agriculture

Be mentored by college


Be exposed to colleges and


Give back to the community

Learn responsibility and