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The Minnesota Children, Youth, and Families At Risk Project

Minnesota 4-H Youth Development provides leadership to the Minnesota CYFAR Project, which is funded by CYFAR's Sustainable Communities Project (SCP) grant cycle. Led by principal investigator Jennifer Skuza and Extension educator Joanna Tzenis, CYFAR provides young people with opportunities to imagine their future in higher education and to set and achieve educational goals together with their peers, program leaders and parents or guardians.


The CYFAR SCP grant cycle aims to build long-term programs and partnerships with a five-year federal grant.

Urban 4-H STEM Club program design

Urban 4-H STEM Clubs are intended to ignite middle school aged youths’ interests in learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) while preparing them for higher education. In the clubs, youth solve practical and scientific engineering problems by learning how to ask questions, imagine solutions, plan things out, create new ideas, optimize designs and improve practices. Youth will also engage in a sequence of activities that equip them with the mindset and personal leadership skills needed to pursue higher education and careers. Throughout the program, youth develop a portfolio that captures their growth over time and present it at public showcase events.

Campus Immersion Program

Each summer youth will participant in a University of Minnesota campus immersion where they will learn about student life, explore academic interests, identify the steps toward college readiness, and meet faculty and students in STEM fields. 

Sites and partners

The project is delivered at two different sites in partnership with Ka Joog, Youthprise and Minneapolis Community Education.

Ka Joog

4-H is working in partnership with Ka Joog and Youthprise to deliver a community 4-H Club at Ka Joog’s Eden Prairie site.

Northeast Middle School

Minneapolis Community Education and 4-H are partnering to deliver an afterschool STEM Club at Northeast Middle School.

Program Objectives



Minnesota CYFAR 2008-2013

Rethinking Program Sustainability

This presentation demonstrates, using program theory, how the previous round of CYFAR programs were sustained in their communities. More

Impact reports

2011 Impact Report

2010 Impact Report

2009 Impact Report

Request a paper copy

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Skuza, PhD. ( 1-612-624-7798

Joanna Tzenis ( 1-612-625-9771

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