Partner Profile: University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4H

umce 4H

University of Maine Cooperative Extension has Maine’s most successful out-of-school youth educational program through 4-H. 4-H is a positive youth development organization that empowers young people to reach their full potential.  Youth participate in 4-H through clubs, camps, schools, afterschool, and special interest programs. Dedicated and committed UMaine Extension faculty and staff, and more than 2,000 volunteers, provided positive learning experiences for:

  • 9,000 youth through our 4-H camp and learning centers
  • 2,600 youth through our 4-H clubs
  • 9,000 youth through our FoodCorps program
  • 3,500 youth through our Eat Well program
  • 10,500 youth through our special interest/short term programs
  • 9,600 youth through our school enrichment programs

The 4-H program has three mission mandates:

  • 40,378 projects focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
  • 17,193 projects focused on healthy lifestyles
  • 8,938 projects focused on youth community action/engagement/leadership

the UMCE employees and volunteers are committed to

  • creating positive experiential learning experiences for Maine youth;
  • promoting and helping create positive relationships between youth and adults;
  • creating and supporting positive, inclusive, and safe learning environments; and
  • providing youth with opportunities to experience positive risk-taking challenges and growth.
Photo courtesy of UMCE4H.

During this pandemic educators have been forced to reinvent the way they reach kids and all of us here at MMSA have been working hard to shift our programming, professional learning opportunities, and research to overcome this incredibly difficult challenge for educators across Maine and the nation.  

Your support is a crucial component of our efforts to continually expand STEM education programs during these uncertain and challenging times.

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