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Program Spotlight

Using Youth Voice

as a Breakthrough Innovation to Transform NYS 4-H Into an Antiracist Organization

About the Project

The goal of the Using Youth Voices project is to create different ways for 4-H youth, alumni and staff the opportunity to share their ideas for transforming NYS 4-H into a welcoming, nurturing and nationally respected anti-racist organization. 

The components of the project include:

  • In Their Own Words Young people and 4-H alumni were invited to be In Their Own Words guest columnists in a series of Using Youth Voices newsletters to share their ideas for making NYS 4-H more welcoming and inclusive, especially for youth of color. 

  • Where Are They Now? Social media posts that showcase the experiences of 4-H alumni and offer suggestions for how 4-H can be more welcoming and inclusive.

  • Using Youth Voices  A series of video interviews with 4-H alumni, current 4-H’ers, and 4-H Educators to garner their suggestions for what NYS 4-H needs to do to transform 4-H into a welcoming, nurturing, and nationally respected antiracist organization. 

Youth Voice Videos

Where Are They Now ?

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Project Team

June P. Mead, Ph.D., CCE Broome County

Using Youth Voices Project Lead

Sara Jablonski, CCE Erie County

Using Youth Voices Project Coordinator

Sherman D. Webb-Middlebrooks

Communications/Multimedia Consultant

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