The EYSC program was implemented by National 4-H Council and land-grant universities of the Cooperative Extension System from September 1, 2011 through February 28, 2016.
National objectives for the initiative include the following:
- Youth will gain the life skills and experience needed to emerge as effective leaders and contributing members of society.
- Youth and adults will begin to have more positive attitudes toward the roles of youth in communities.
- Youth and adults will improve their abilities to collaborate with diverse community members to identify local issues and develop strategies for addressing these issues.
- More opportunities for youth and families in rural communities for positive youth development experiences during out-of-school time.