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2016 4-H Professional Development From Your Desk Session #7 "Developing Safe 4-H Youth Devepment Programs: Bridging Connections to the LGBTQ+ Communities"

Presenter: Katherine Soule, University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources

4-H Youth Development programs should be inclusive for clientele of all demographics. As we know, our programs are required to meet Affirmative Action & non-discrimination requirements in employment practices & program offerings. These requirements protect individuals regardless of their sex & sexual orientation. To meet these requirements, it is important for youth development professionals to have the language & knowledge necessary to ensure their programs are positive & supportive environments that provide physical, mental, & emotional safety for individuals who identify as members of LGBTQ+ communities. This presentation will teach participants to create inclusive 4-H programs & spaces for all individuals, including individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. In this session, participants will learn about the needs for creating safe, inclusive programs for individuals who identify as members of LGBTQ+ communities. Session Objectives: 1. Discuss historical roots & positive & negative uses of language as it relates to LGBTQ+ communities. 2. Review current findings from research with individuals in LGBT communities 3. Present the differences between sex, gender identity, gender expression, & sexual orientation. 4. Outline practical steps to create safe 4-H Youth Development Programs for individuals who identify as members of LGBTQ+ communities.

The 2016 4-H Professional Development From Your Desk Virtual Conference is being sponsored by the Western Region 4-H Youth Development programs-Alaska, California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, and New Mexico.

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