Through an annual Congressional appropriation for the National Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Program, NIFA allocates funding to land-grant university extension services for community-based programs for at-risk children and their families. Since 1991, CYFAR has supported programs in more than 600 communities in all states and territories. State and local public and private organizations have contributed cash and in-kind resources that match or exceed the federal appropriation.

The CYFAR Program is based on research on effective programs for at-risk youth and families and on the human ecological principle of working across the lifespan in the context of the family and community. To assure that critical needs of children and families are met, CYFAR supports comprehensive, intensive, community-based programs developed with active citizen participation in all phases. CYFAR promotes building resiliency and protective factors in youth, families, and communities.

CYFAR supports collaboration -- forming lasting partnerships to achieve greater outcomes and to provide a support base for sustaining programs for those at risk. CYFAR also promotes the use of technology to improve programs, provide efficient access to educational resources, and provide essential technological skills for youth and adults in at-risk environments.

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The CYFAR data is received by REEIS annually. The current dataset contains data for the 2006 to 2001 reporting years. The CYFAR data mart at REEIS contains information on the following:

Data Elements Year Counts

Active Projects 2001 177
  2002 156
  2003 133
  2004 123
  2005 118
  2006 108

State/Territories with Active Projects 2001 53
  2002 51
  2003 50
  2004 48
  2005 48
  2006 46

Community Sites with Active Projects 2001 244
  2002 366
  2003 579
  2004 665
  2005 744
  2006 588

Recipients Served in 2001 66468
  2002 59652
  2003 48654
  2004 53819
  2005 96339
  2006 72455