Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in 4-H

For more than 100 years, 4‑H has been the nation’s leading youth organization to welcome young people of all beliefs and backgrounds, giving youth voice to express who they are and how they make their lives and communities better.

4-H Extension's Commitment to Social Justice

Cooperative Extension has a variety of system-wide entities, embedded within 4-H with the sole purpose of advancing the critical work of access, equity, and inclusion. Each group has proven to be a valuable resource within the organization.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce

This 4-H Extension system initiative focuses on understanding implicit bias, cultural competency, social justice development, and youth development.

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Access Equity and Belonging Committee

This committee aims to increase the capacity of 4-H and the Cooperative Extension System to create a more inclusive organizational culture.


Diversity and Inclusion Working Team

National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals (NAE4-HYD) bridges the gap for diverse groups and seeks to create an environment for inclusion and quality learning for all 4-H'ers.

4-H's Investment in Equity

4-H is committed to connecting all youth to the skills, resources, and experiences needed to succeed in life through our partnerships with leading corporations.

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Workforce Development

Through workforce development, we’re empowering youth with tangible and relevant skills most needed in a demanding and ever-changing work environment.

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Health Equity

Through our partnerships, more youth will have access to food programs and nutrition education as they seek to cement a future not limited by poor health.

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Capacity Building

Our partners have been instrumental in helping advance inclusive, equitable, and sustainable programming for America’s youth.

2020 4-H Youth in Action Award winners
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4-H Latino Youth Outreach: Best Practices Toolkit

Juntos 4-H

Soccer & 4-H @ Home! Summer Program for All Youth Issues

The 4-H Youth Futures Conference

National 4-H Council Equity Toolkit

4-H Social Justice Youth Development: Guide for Youth Development Professionals

Safe Space

2021 4-H Equity Strategic Plan

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True Leaders: Culture, Power and Justice Curriculum

Rooted in a social justice youth development framework, this curriculum helps youth explore their identities, new cultures, different perspectives, and the histories that have shaped power and privilege within our communities.

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