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1 Expansion and Review Committee Orientation Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Programs

2 What is 4-H? 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is about having fun, learning, exploring and discovering.

3 Who provides leadership? Professional leadership for the 4-H program is provided by Cooperative Extension of the University of Wisconsin.

4 University of Wisconsin-Extension Mission Through the University of Wisconsin-Extension, all Wisconsin people can access university resources and engage in lifelong learning, wherever they live and work.

5 How is your local UW-Extension Office Funded? Your local UW-Extension Office is funded through a partnership between county government, the University of Wisconsin and the United States Department of Agriculture.

6 What do you do in 4-H? 4-H is about having fun, learning, exploring and discovering. In 4-H, young people make new friends, develop new skills, become leaders and help shape their communities.

7 Who can join 4-H? Anyone who is in third grade to one year past high school graduation can be in 4-H. Younger children can join 4-H as Cloverbuds. Cloverbuds are in first or second grade.

8 The 4-H Club Regardless of the age, most youth and adults join 4-H through a local 4-H club. 4-H clubs have 5 to 100+ members and meet on a regular basis.

9 The 4-H Club Meeting In 4-H Clubs, youth serve as officers and learn to conduct meetings, handle club funds, and facilitate group decision-making.

10 Civil Rights Act of 1964 The University of Wisconsin- Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programs (including 4-H) to all persons, regardless of race, color, sex, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, or socioeconomic backgrounds.

11 What does this mean for 4-H Reach out to populations currently underserved. All reasonable efforts must be made to invite and welcome all people not currently involved in the 4-H program. No gender bias. Expansion and Review Committee meets annually. (at a minimum)

12 DIVERSITYDIVERSITY Diversity can be defined as differences among people with respect to age, class, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental ability, race, sexual orientation, spiritual practices, and other human differences.

13 DIVERSITYDIVERSITY Our communities are becoming more diverse and our children will live, work and play in diverse communities.

14 What is the purpose of the 4-H Expansion and Review Committee? The 4-H Expansion and Review Committee is simple: to review the status of the 4-H program, determine ways to expand and reach new audiences, and then to re- evaluate progress toward the expansion goals identified by the committee.

15 What does 4-H Expansion and Review Committee do? Works to overcome barriers that underserved and under-represented groups face in program participation. Advocates for action plans to reach new 4-H audiences. Assists staff and other volunteers in carrying out broader-based programming.

16 What is expected of Expansion and Review Committee Members? To follow through on the responsibilities outlined in the volunteer role description. Help UW-Extension staff and the 4-H program identify underserved populations. Assist UW-Extension staff and the 4-H program develop long-term expansion goals.

17 How often does the Expansion and Review Committee meet? times a year. Additional times varies as subcommittees may need to work on projects. Meetings should only take 1 to 1 ½ hours each.

18 Questions to Ask Are there any groups (race, gender, age, income) that are missing? Are there any geographic areas being missed? Are there any 4-H programs that are inequitable or discriminatory? Other Questions to Ask?

19 Expansion and Review Ideas Coordinate a 4-H Open House. Start new 4-H Clubs. Develop 4-H Club support and presentations. Facilitate a 1st Year 4-H Family Mentoring program.

20 Expansion and Review Ideas cont. Create a 4-H Exit Survey. Open existing 4-H events for targeted recruitment of non-4-H. Move program efforts closer to underserved populations. Other ideas?

21 Special Thanks to… Donna Menart, Assistant State Program Leader 4-H Youth Development, UW-Extension Tim Talen, 4-H Arts & Communication Specialist 4-H Youth Development, UW-Extension Jessica Jens, 4-H Youth Development Agent 4-H Youth Development, Sauk County UW-Extension Amber Rehberg, 4-H Youth Dev. Program Coordinator 4-H Youth Development, Sheboygan County UW-Extension

22 Prepared by John de Montmollin Youth & Family Educator Kenosha County UW-Extension April 2006 With Special Appreciation to: University of Illinois Extension Access Committee Deb Ivey, 4-H Youth Development Agent, Iowa County UW-Extension

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