4-H True Leaders in Equity Institute

At a Glance...

September 10–12 and October 9, 2021 Online June 21, 2021 Jeannette Rea Keywood 609-827-0199

The True Leaders in Equity Institute will prepare state teams to be change agents within the Cooperative Extension System as we work to create more welcoming and inclusive environments. The Institute is a training that will challenge participants to work together to ideate and champion equity-related projects that will grow 4 H in their communities.

We are seeking applicants for a NJ team who exude the following characteristics:

  • Youth (grades 9–11) and adult volunteers or community partners.
  • A desire to champion equity in your community and county.
  • An interest in working to create more welcoming and inclusive environments.
  • A passion for or experience creating belonging particularly for the nine marginalized groups of people and four affinity groups (Children and Youth with Disabilities, Disconnected Youth, Immigrant Youth, Incarcerated Youth, Mental Health and Well-being, Underrepresented Youth, Youth Experiencing Homelessness, Youth in Foster Care, LGBTQ Youth; African American, Latinx, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Native American).
  • A desire to grow 4‑H in your community/county and provide opportunities for ALL youth.

4‑H believes in youth and adults working in partnership to leverage the unique strengths that each group brings to their communities and world. The True Leaders in Equity Institute will equip teams of youth and adults to be change agents within the Cooperative Extension System as we seek to create more welcoming and inclusive environments, particularly for nine marginalized groups of people and four affinity groups.

The 4‑H True Leaders in Equity Institute training and leadership opportunity challenges participants to work together to ideate and champion an equity-related project that will grow 4‑H in their communities. At the institute, workshops and sessions will enable teams to:

  • 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.

Applications must be emailed to Jeannette Rea Keywood (reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu) by Monday, June 21, 2021.

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