Extension is experiencing a trend toward closer alignment of its programs serving families and youth, notably Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development. Projects are more multidisciplinary and comprehensive than in the past, and, in many states, FCS and 4-HYD are also becoming more administratively integrated. Several reasons for this shift are recent developments in social science intervention theory, Extension budget reductions, and land-grant universities' long-term organizational strategies. We discuss implications for Extension faculty and the need to track and understand the restructuring process. Overall, the emphasis on collaboration and comprehensiveness provide opportunities for more effective Extension programming.
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Braverman, M. T., Franz, N. K., & Rennekamp, R. A. (2012). Extension's Evolving Alignment of Programs Serving Families and Youth: Organizational Change and Its Implications. The Journal of Extension, 50(6), Article 1. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.50.06.01