From September 10-12 and on October 9, 2021 the True Leaders in Equity Institute will prepare up to 20 teams to be change agents within the Cooperative Extension System as we work to create more welcoming and inclusive environments. This training and leadership opportunity challenges participants to work together to ideate and champion equity-related projects that will grow 4‑H in their communities.

4‑H believes in youth and adults working together to leverage the strengths that each group brings to their communities and world.

At the Institute, teams will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of key principles and concepts related to equity and inclusion.
  • Identify a particular equity indicator and/or issue to focus on for the next year.
  • Develop their skills and competencies in equity leadership and make connections to people, organizations and tools that can be helpful for their projects.
  • Create an overall framework for their project for the next year and a specific 90-day action plan to implement when they return home.


This program is supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.