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Adult Development and Aging

The K-State Research and Extension Adult Development and Aging office is committed to the development, delivery, and evaluation of educational programs and the provision of technical information to enhance quality of life in Kansas communities. 

Financial Management

Financial security is being able to meet future needs while keeping current with day-to-day obligations.  This site is designed for educators to help people build financial security by improving their financial skills and changing their behaviors.

Loveyourmoney.org is a fun, engaging, and educational way for college students to learn about money management.  It is a seven-lesson, self-paced, on-line, non-credit, free program.  Funding for this grant was made possible by FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

Youth Development

America's youth thrive when their needs, hopes, visions are supported by a network of caring adults, families, services and organizations.  YouthBoost! is Kansas State University's information and networking hub for youth workers across Kansas and the mid-west.  Positive youth development consists of three primary components.  Practices that intentionally apply a set of Principles that together promote the natural process of youth development.  Log on for resources, tools and connection to enhance youth development work.

4-H Military Partnerships

The National 4-H headquarters, at USDA, is pleased to have established formal partnerships with Army Child and Youth Services, Air Force Airmen and Family Services, Army Child and Youth Services and Navy Child and Youth Programs to support positive youth development education for youth whose parents are serving in the military.  These 4-H Military Partnerships bring the resources of the Land-Grant University - youth development professionals, research based curricula, and high quality training and technical assistance - to the youth programs of the military.  University and county 4-H staff are serving as project directors, 4-H Military Liaisons, and as youth development and technology specialists on assignment to the Army, Air Force and Navy. 

Operation Military Kids

Operation Military Kids is the U.S. Army' collaborative effort with America's communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment.  Regardless of whether families are experiencing development for the first time, the second time or another in a series of multiple deployments, OMK's goal is to connect military children and youth with local resources in order to achieve a sense of community support and enhance their well-being.

In 2011, over 103,000 youth participated in experiences conducted by State OMK teams in 49 states and the District of Columbia.  945 community members representing over 43 national, state and local organizations worked together utilizing core OMK program elements like those in the left menu to help school age children and youth through the deployment of a loved one.  Through OMK, military youth:

  • Meet other youth who are also experiencing deployment
  • Participate in a range of recreational, social and educational programs
  • Gain leadership, organizational, and technical skills by participating in the Speak Out for Military Kids program or Mobile Technology Lab programs
  • Receive assistance with school issues by connecting with Army Child, Youth and School Services School Liaisons - more on school transition support
  • Attend single day, weekend or even longer residential camps