Kirk Astroth




Dr. Kirk A. Astroth is a Professor in the Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences, and Assistant Dean & Director of Arizona 4-H at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Dr. Astroth has worked for YMCA as a camp counselor, served as a youth crew leader in the Model Cities/Neighborhood Youth Corps, taught school in Tucson for 4 years at Green Fields, and for the past 30+ years has been a national leader with 4-H with Cooperative Extension Services in Kansas, Utah, Montana and now Arizona. In 1989, Kirk received the 174th “Thousand Points of Light” Award from President George H.W. Bush for his award-winning curriculum called 4-H CARES to prevent youth drug use. In 1994 and 1995, Kirk worked as a volunteer to re-establish 4-H programs in the former Soviet Union states of Latvia and Lithuania. Astroth recently returned from a youth development project in Nepal sponsored by US AID and the Winrock Foundation. Dr. Astroth served as one of 5 members of the Montana Governor’s team to the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future in Philadelphia in 1997 and was the director of Montana’s “Promise Fellows” program for 2 years. He also served on the Governor’s staff to organize Montana’s Governors’ Summit for the Future in 1998 at which all 5 living former governors attended.

Dr. Astroth is the author of numerous articles on at-risk youth and prevention, including I’m OK, You’re At Risk and Beyond Resiliency: Fostering Vibrancy in Youth Groups. In addition, Astroth has created several award-winning prevention education programs. Dr. Astroth has served as president of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, president and editorial chair for the Journal of Extension, president of the Joint Council of Extension Professionals, chair of the Montana Children’s Trust Fund and chair of the Montana Interagency Coordinating Council for Prevention. Kirk currently serves on the Arizona Governor’s Advisory Committee for the County Fairs, Livestock and Agricultural Promotion Fund. Kirk is also director of both an AmeriCorps and an AmeriCorps*VISTA project which has added 32 new positions to Arizona Cooperative Extension.

Kirk and his wife are parents of an adopted daughter from China who is currently a senior at Canyon del Oro High School in Oro Valley, Arizona.

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In October 2014, millions of young people across the nation—like you—will become scientists for the day during the seventh annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD). NYSD is the premiere national rallying event for 4-H Science year-round programming. It brings together thousands of youth, volunteers and educators from the nation’s 109 land-grant colleges and universities to simultaneously complete the National Science Experiment. The 2014 National Science Experiment, Rockets to the Rescue, provides the opportunity to explore firsthand how aerospace engineering can be used to solve real world challenges—such as food distribution in emergency situations—to make a positive impact in our world.

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