4-H Youth Development prides itself on providing essential resources to reach underserved minority populations. 4-H provides programming and professional development for volunteers to include diverse hands-on training, and cultural competency workshops. This article provides best practices for the inclusion of African American volunteers in 4-H programming efforts that could help extension educators better understand the need to include minority volunteer roles and responsibilities. These strategies include strengthening diverse volunteer make-up, increasing participation and trust among African American youth, and engaging volunteers working in educational organizations that could provide real world experiences for youth.
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Smith, M., & Wiley, S. (2021). Integrating Underutilized Black Volunteers in 4-H Youth Development Programs. The Journal of Extension, 59(3), Article 4. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.59.03.04
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