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Sponsors and Partners

Clearinghouse for Military Families at Penn State Stars


U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

The DoD provides the military forces that are needed to deter war and protect the security of our country. The DoD is America’s oldest and largest government agency and oversees the activities of more than 1.4 million men and women on active duty, 1.1 million members of the National Guard and Reserve forces, and nearly 1 million civilian personnel.

The Clearinghouse’s primary partner at the DoD is the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy. This office is directly responsible for programs and policies that establish and support community quality-of-life programs for service members and their families worldwide.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

NIFA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). NIFA advances knowledge of agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being by supporting research, education, and extension programs in the Land-Grant University System and other partner organizations. NIFA’s target areas of interest—its 60 identified programs—are grouped among National Emphasis Areas, three of which are particularly relevant to the Clearinghouse:

  • Education
  • Families, Youth & Communities
  • Food, Nutrition & Health

Partnering Programs

Military Extension Internship Program

The Military Extension Internship Program is an unparalleled opportunity for college students and recent graduates to work with the DoD to serve military children and families and gain a real-world experience that could lead to a future career. Interns participating in the program work in accredited child development centers, school-age/teen activities and programs, or youth centers on military installations.

Military REACH

Military REACH works to enhance the capacity of communities to develop, implement, and evaluate educational programs that meet the needs of military families. These programs include community workshops, certificate programs, and college degree programs throughout all 50 states. Military REACH is also home to more than 500 professional growth opportunities in youth development and human services.