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AG Kids aren't Gay: The LGBTQ+ Youth Climate in Pennsylvania 4-H.

Project Investigator: Ms. Mya Swires

This purpose of this project is to explore the adult volunteer and staff perception of the LGBTQ+ youth climate in Pennsylvania 4-H and to determine if there is a need for LGBTQ+ professional development. Surveys and interviews will be conducted with 4-H alumni, staff, administration, and volunteers to provide a baseline for knowledge and awareness. An exploration into demographics and personal experiences through a survey and formal interviews will provide an increased understanding of the 4-H LGBTQ+ youth climate. The research will add vital knowledge to the 4-H program and the field of extension education. Based on this research, this project will provide Pennsylvania 4-H with LGBTQ+ youth development curriculum, tools, and resources.

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