Maine 4-H Community Central

Maine 4-H Community Central is an initiative to build stronger families through the 4-H program at public housing sites and across communities through a network of community partners in Lewiston and Portland, Maine. This project engages youth with their parents, elders, school, and community through hands-on experiential 4-H projects in science, leadership, and citizenship. Youth who participate will demonstrate knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary for fulfilling contributing lives.


volunteer and young man reviewing graph
4-H volunteer exploring topographical maps with youth participant.

What do youth do in Community Central?

  • Increase Science Literacy and Discovery
  • Teen Leadership Training and Practice
  • Experiential Learning
  • Service Learning
  • Experience 4-H Camps and Learning Centers

UMaine 4-H staff partner with public housing sites, community organizations, and local schools in Lewiston and Portland as part of Community Central. Research informs us that a child’s environment can have significant impacts on that child’s learning outcomes. The Community Central program introduces 4-H programming to mitigate risk factors, build social capital, and connect children to positive assets. 4-H has a long history of integrating practical information, life skills, and family development within the confines of young people’s everyday lives.


Community Central Teen Leaders

four teens sitting at table working on a project together



This material is based upon the work of 4-H Community Central Maine, a project supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States (U.S.) Department of Agriculture, through a cooperative agreement with The University of Maine under award number 2014-41520-22235.

General information about the CYFAR grant program can be accessed online.

For further information about this CYFAR-funded project contact:

CYFAR Project Name: 4-H Community Central Maine
Principal Investigator: Kristy L  Ouellette
Email Address:

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