4-H MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
BETWEEN
UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING STATE 4-H PROGRAM (USA)
AND
MONGOLIAN 4-H PROGRAM (MONGOLIA
)

April 24, 2009

This MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) is entered into by and between the University of Wyoming State 4-H Program, hereinafter referred to as Wyoming 4-H and Mongolian National 4-H Program, hereinafter referred to as Mongolian 4-H. Collectively all parties of this MOU will be known as the cooperators.

A.PURPOSE:
The purpose of this MOU is to formalize a relationship between Wyoming 4-H and Mongolian 4-H to develop and facilitate the implementation of the 4-H/Youth Development Program in Mongolia and to work to create opportunities for international education and exchange programs.

B.HISTORY:
The Wyoming 4-H program began in 1913 and is a non-formal, youth development program administered by the University of Wyoming Extension Service headquartered in the University of Wyoming's College of Agriculture. The 4-H program was placed under the administration of the Cooperative Extension Service through Congresses passage of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914. The purpose of 4-H is to help youth acquire knowledge, develop life skills, and form attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive members of society. 4-H work is accomplished through youth and adults working together. Professional and volunteer staff provide educational projects and activities in animal husbandry, family and consumer science, arts and leisure science, environment and natural resources, technology and citizenship.

Mongolian 4-H is a not-for-profit entity of the country of Mongolia. In collaboration with the Wyoming 4-H Program, Mongolian 4-H was established to identify, secure, and manage resources to build and support the 4-H program in Mongolia. The purpose of the Mongolian 4-H Program, as it is throughout in the world, is to help youth acquire knowledge, develop life skills, and form attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive members of society.

C. BENEFITS:
The cooperators are dedicated to providing educational and developmental opportunities for participating youth and adults. The activities to be undertaken thru this agreement are in furtherance of the Wyoming 4-H and Mongolian 4-H missions by providing the following benefits:

  • Further global awareness and inter-cultural understanding

  • Development of like skills in youth participants and adult volunteers

  • Skill development for work force preparation in a global economy

  • Develop independent study interests and international educational opportunities

  • Improve language skills

  • Establish a network to further international understanding through international exchange programs

D. RESPONSIBILITIES:
The following responsibilities have been identified and are proposed to be agreed to by both parties:

  • Jointly work with institutions and non-profits in the United States and Mongolia to assist in reaching the goals of this agreement

  • Provide project based curriculum and resources

  • Develop curricula appropriate to the goals of the agreement

  • Train volunteers in 4-H program delivery

  • Coordinate and involve volunteers in the management, planning, and operations of cultural youth exchanges

  • Pursue funding opportunities for the further development of the 4-H program in Wyoming and Mongolia

F. EFFECTIVE DATE AND SIGNATURES
This MOU shall be effective upon the signature of Wyoming 4-H and Mongolian 4-H authorized officials. The termination for this agreement is five years from the date of signature. Modification and extension of this agreement is possible by the mutual consent of both parties.

University of Wyoming General Council
University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service
University of Wyoming State 4-H Program

Mongolian 4-H Representatives

Date 04/24/2009