The Cooperative Extension system has a vision of reaching 10 million youth
annually through the 4-H program by the year 2025. The goal is to create
opportunities for more youth to access 4-H and benefit from positive youth
development (PYD) programs that lead to improved economic prosperity and quality of life outcomes for the youth of our nation.
A Leading Edge Dialogue (LED) was held on this topic during the 2019 National Urban Extension Conference. The purpose of this LED
session was to explore avenues for achieving this vision and gain insight about major areas to address to achieve success. Three overarching themes drove the panel discussion and resulting dialogue:
- Embracing the challenges and opportunities of diversity, equity and inclusion
to ensure that 4-H reflects the shifting population dynamics of the nation.
Overcoming barriers to participation and engagement that exist for many
youth and communities.
Developing an organizational culture that embraces change and innovation.
Read the white paper developed by the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research, co-authored by ECOP 4-H Leadership Committee's Co-chair Andy Turner (Cornell University) and National 4-H Council's Eliza Hernandez here