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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

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About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat

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