Category Archives: Youth

Resources for Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom

Contact:  Academic Advancement Network, Michigan State University,

Description:  The climate in the classroom has the potential to be difficult at various points of a semester. This resource repository provides links to materials on racism, bias, dialogues, and a host of other relevant topics.  The resources on this page were curated with the collaboration of Paulette Granberry-Russell of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, Melissa McDaniels of The Graduate School, and Jim Lucas of the Office of the Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education.


Keywords:  cultural competency, diversity, dialogue

Target Audiences:  college, high school, Extension Professionals


Contact:  Jim Lindstrom,

Description:  WeConnect is a program model and curriculum designed to show young people that they are participants in a global society and to prepare them to thrive in culturally diverse settings. The curriculum is developed for middle school-aged youth, but can be adapted for other age groups. The program model is designed for nonformal education setting such as after school programs or clubs. The lessons are a coordinated series of experimental and interactive exercises that help guide youth beyond knowing that they are citizens of the globe to an acknowledgment of their responsibilities to each other and the world around them. They help youth examine their everyday lives and move them to take action that leads toward positive change.


Keywords:  diversity, youth, 4-H, citizen, responsibility,

Target Audiences:  Youth

Texans Building Character

Contact:  Linda Ladd,

Description:  Texans Building Character (TBC), developed by Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service, is a character education program based on the six character pillars of CHARACTER COUNTS!SM These pillars include (a) trustworthiness, (b) respect, (c)  responsibility, (d) fairness, (e) caring, and (f) citizenship. TBC can be applied to eight program models: school, 4-H, at-risk youth, livestock, workforce, sports, community, and megacommunity. A training for agents and 4-H volunteers on TBC is 16-hours.


Keywords:  character education

Target Audiences:  Extension agents, 4-H’ers, 4-H volunteers, youth

Take a Stand


Cheryl Newberry  (Contact on the curriculum through TA&M, but she is currently at Oklahoma State)

Kelli Lehman,

Description:  Take A Stand was developed by Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas 4-H & Youth Development Program, in partnership with the Texas Rural Mediation Services to to teach strategies to children and teens to reduce bullying. This is a five-fold curriculum that addresses the topics of conflict management/bullying, communication, etiquette, teamwork, cultural awareness. The curriculum can be implemented at three levels, grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  A total of 10 class periods is needed to implement the curriculum at each level.


Keywords:  anti-bullying

Target Audiences:  teachers; youth in grades 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12



Diversity: The Source of Our Strength

Contact:  Jane Wright,

Description:  In this project, 4-H members explore the many forms of diversity in daily life, see life from various perspectives, and have fun learning about new situations and people who are different from them. The experience concludes with a “capstone project” of the member’s choosing. In addition to addressing academic standards from the National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition, the activities in the project build these life skills: valuing diversity, critical thinking, interacting with others, being empathetic, processing information, making decisions, and being a responsible citizen.


Keywords:  diversity, inclusion, leadership, 4-H, disabilities, religion, civil rights

Target Audiences:  4-H members, youth