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4-H Center for Youth Development receives National Extension Diversity Award

Oct. 30, 2020

The University of Missouri’s 4-H Center for Youth Development recently received the National Extension Diversity Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Cooperative Extension and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

The National Diversity Award recognizes significant contributions and accomplishments in achieving and sustaining diversity and pluralism.

The 4-H Center for Youth Development promotes college as an attainable goal for high school youth who typically are not encouraged to attend, such as first-generation, underrepresented and/or vulnerable college students.

Since its inception, more than 41% of participants have graduated from college and more than 25% are presently college sophomores, juniors and seniors. The overall college retention rate is 67%. The effort continues to grow throughout the state of Missouri and is being introduced in other states through the National 4-H Mentoring program grant.

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