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4-H PLWG: Access, Equity and Belonging Committee Champion Member Application


Committee Purpose:

To support the 4-H System to reach its National 4-H Grows & Opportunity Vision. 

4-H will embrace the rich diversity of youth, families and communities that comprise our nation. We will grow our organization in ways which leverage that diversity to improve the economic, environmental and social conditions in which people live. Cooperative Extension and 4-H have an opportunity to close the gap in well being and economic mobility as we undertake our bold goal to engage 10 million youth reflecting the diversity of the communities, we serve by 2027.

Uniting toward an inclusive, diverse and equitable 4-H is the fuel we need to increase access for all youth, families and communities—in every town, every city and every corner of America.


The Access, Equity and Belonging Committee is composed of the following Champion Groups:

  • Immigrant and Refugee Youth
  • Incarcerated 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:
    • African American Youth
    • Asian / Pacific Islander Youth
    • Latino Advisory Committee
    • Indian American/Native Alaskan Youth

Champion Members

Champion members are experts in research and/or programs with the identified youth population. Champion members are faculty or practitioners with the Land-grant System or from institutions who are developing and identifying research-based resources to support the Extension System in their work with the identified populations. 


  • Collaborate with Champion Chair and other members to schedule periodic meetings to achieve AEBC's  goals. 
  • Complete tasks in between meetings.
  • In collaboration with the Chair and Champion members:
    • Take stock of and share internal and external promising practices 
    • Provide replicable resources and professional development to youth development professionals that increase awareness, knowledge and skills that translate to action 
    • Articulate the value of work around access, equity, and opportunity in connection to the 4-H mission 
    • Advocate internally and externally in support of marginalized audiences  
    • Contribute to create an inclusive organizational culture and increase the system-level capacity of 4-H and the Cooperative Extension system to meet the national 4-H strategic goals of access, equity, and opportunity 

 Term Commitment: 2 years with the option of renewal.