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University of Illinois Extension serving Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper Counties

Effingham County
1209 Wenthe Drive
Effingham, IL 62401
Phone: 217-347-7773
FAX: 217-347-7775
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Clay County
223 W Railroad St
Flora, IL 62839
Phone: 618-662-3124
FAX: 618-662-3191
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Fayette County
118 N. Sixth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
Phone: 618-283-2753
FAX: 618-283-4932
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Jasper County
1401 Clayton
Newton, IL 62448
Phone: 618-783-2521
FAX: 618-783-2232
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Extension Meetings

Unit 21 Expansion & Review Meeting

Tuesday March 26, 2019 • 6:00 PM

This meeting has passed.

All are welcome! The 4-H E & R Committee provides direction and guidance to 4-H youth development outreach efforts. According to federal guidelines established through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), all youth development programs sponsored and administered by the Extension System are known as 4-H. Because 4-H is the youth development component of the federal partnership, certain requirements for the program exist that cannot be ignored. One of those federal requirements is that every county 4-H program must have an existing and functioning 4-H Expansion & Review (E & R) Committee.

The USDA, as the federal partner expects all county Extension programs to practice nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in program delivery and access. Affirmative action in employment and program delivery is also an expectation —regardless of race, color, sex, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, or socioeconomic backgrounds.

Specifically, planners of Extension programs must consider the needs of historically underserved and under-represented groups—that is, those groups who have been excluded over time from program opportunities, access, and participation. In a county 4-H program, this monitoring function falls under the jurisdiction of the 4-H E & R Committee.

From the federal partner's perspective, Extension program planners must identify the needs of historically underserved and under-represented groups and plan or modify programs to better serve their needs. Planners must make certain that these groups are aware of Extension services and programs and of their availability. This is one essential function of the 4-H E & R Committee.

Even without the federal requirement for a county 4-H E & R Committee, the concept of reviewing existing Extension programs and expanding program offerings to reach underserved and under-represented groups is a solid one. Resulting from federal, state, and local support, Extension is a public entity that requires county Extension programs to be above reproach and accountable to local residents. Extension staff must be able to show that they are constantly scrutinizing their programs and diligently working to include all county residents in their informal educational work.