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4-H Life

Contact: Shay McNeil

About 4-H LIFE

As part of a Second Chance Act grant, WVU Extension, in partnership with National 4-H Council, is implementing the 4-H Living Interactive Family Education (LIFE) program in the Hazelton Federal Correctional Institution. It is designed to strengthen family relationships in families with an incarcerated parent. Through 4-H LIFE, incarcerated parents will develop skills by undergoing parenting workshops and planning meetings. Their children will be enrolled in their local 4-H programs and provided with group mentoring services. Families will be engaged through 4-H LIFE family events as well as four enhanced (characterized by family friendly visitations) prison visits.

Goal

To improve outcomes for children with incarcerated parents by implementing the 4-H LIFE program to strengthen the relationship between incarcerated parents and their children.

Desired Outcomes:

  1. Improve family relationships for the incarcerated parent, their children, and family members.
  2. Improve parenting skills of the incarcerated parent.
  3. Provide group mentoring services to youth with an incarcerated parent.