4-H and the CHS Foundation partner to empower youth
CHEVY CHASE, Maryland, March 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, National 4-H Council announced a partnership with the CHS Foundation through the True 4-H Equity Leaders and What I wish people knew (WIWPK) programs. the $1 million the SCH Foundation grant will support the 4-H True Leaders in Equity Institute (TLEI), which will train up to 100 youth and adults to serve as equity leaders in their communities and launch the WIWPK program to support 4-year-olds -H to share their stories and their passion for diversity, equity and inclusion.
4-H TLEI is an annual, in-depth summit that empowers 4-H youth to create change in their communities. This year the Institute takes place July 11-15 in Bethesda, Maryland. Participants will emerge ready to champion equity-related projects in their local communities and foster more welcoming and inclusive environments.
“At 4-H, we believe that access, equity, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to who we are. We welcome young people of all faiths and backgrounds and give them a voice to express how they are improving their lives and their communities,” said Dorothy Freeman, Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, National 4-H Council. “The 4-H True Leaders in Equity Institute gives young people the tools, practices and mentorship to realize their vision. We are grateful to partner with the CHS Foundation to support this program.
Since 1947, the CHS Foundation has been dedicated to nurturing a new generation of agricultural leaders by supporting high-impact agricultural programs that help create future champions and build a strong talent pipeline for the industry.
“Inclusion is a core value at the CHS. We want to break down barriers and create an environment in agriculture where everyone feels welcomed, respected and empowered to succeed,” said Erin Olson, CHS Senior Director, Talent Management. “4-H has a unique ability to reach and empower young people in rural, suburban and urban areas. We look forward to hearing their stories and seeing the impact they can have through the True Leaders in Equity program, which is an important part of our goal of balancing immediate actions with ongoing education and long-term change.”
Support from the CHS Foundation will provide funding for TLEI 4-H and participating students. The event features keynote speakers and workshops that equip and empower young people to address issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. This training and leadership opportunity paves the way for participants to work together to design, plan and implement a project that addresses an equity-related challenge in their local community. Working with local community partners and the cooperative extension system, TLEI participants use their voice to create system change, preparing them to be equity leaders no matter where they are.
To learn more about the 2022 True Leaders in Equity Institute, visit: https://4-H.org/TLEI. Applications are now being accepted.
Support from the CHS Foundation will also be used to help teens share their personal and lived experiences through the What I Wish People Knew program. By using digital formats, teens will have a safe space to have real conversations and connect with others who may have similar experiences and want to use their voice to effect change.
About the CHS Foundation
The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable donations from CHS Inc., is focused on developing a new generation of agricultural leaders for lifelong success. Together, with our partners, we are driving innovation and fostering excellence in agricultural education, cultivating high-impact programs for rural youth, and accelerating career potential in agriculture. To learn more, visit CHFFOUNDATION.ORG.
4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, trains confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for the careers of tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people across the United States through experiences that build essential life skills. 4-H is our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA youth development program and serves every county and parish in the United States through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3,000 local extension offices. Globally, 4-H works with independent programs to empower one million young people in 50 countries. The research-backed 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their community; twice as likely to make healthier choices; twice as likely to be civically active; and twice as likely to participate in STEM programs.
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SOURCE National 4-H Council