Why is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion important to Youth Development?
The 4-H System’s Access, Equity and Belonging Committee (AEBC) diligently provides resources to support this DEI eFieldbook. The purpose of the AEBC is to support the 4-H System to reach its National 4-H Grows: A Promise to America’s Kids Vision “In 2025, 4-H will reflect the population demographics, vulnerable populations, diverse needs and social conditions of the country. This vision has the elements of inclusion, caring adults, serving at minimum 1 in 5 youth, and the volunteers and staff reflect the diversity of the population. This Committee aims to increase the capacity of 4-H and the Cooperative Extension System to meet this opportunity and to create a more inclusive organizational culture”.
The Access, Equity and Belonging Committee is composed of the following Champion Groups:
- Incarcerated Youth
- Immigrant and Refugee Youth
- LGBTQ + Youth / Community
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Youth Experiencing Homelessness
- Youth in Foster Care
- Youth with Disabilities
- Youth Living in Poverty
- Racial and Ethnic Youth:
The AEBC Chairs can be contacted here: