- Identification of Units
A one-race unit is any unit in a multi-racial or ethnic geographic area whose members are all of one race or ethnicity (e.g., all white, all Hispanic, all Asian, etc.). To ensure that the 4-H YDP operates on a nondiscriminatory basis, the following actions shall be taken:
- Identify each 4-H unit by the ethnic composition of its actual membership, the demographics of its potential membership and its location on a county map.
- Identify each unit that is located in an area with a multiracial potential clientele, but that has members of only one race. Take steps to ensure that the membership of each of these units becomes multiracial in composition. Assistance to those 4-H units that remain all-of-one-race must be discontinued, unless it is established that, in accordance with ANR Administrative Handbook Section 603, Programmatic Compliance, All Reasonable Efforts (ARE) have been made to recruit individuals of racial groups that are not represented.
- Develop and implement policies and procedures that ensure that all new 4-H units reflect the racial and gender composition of the potential clientele.
- Review the bylaws and constitutions of 4-H units to ensure that membership is open to all youth, irrespective of race, gender, color, national origin, or disability.
- Counties that have one-race units must demonstrate annually that they have made All Reasonable Efforts to diversify these units. 4-H units not meeting this requirement within the program year will be disbanded.
- There is one exception to this rule. Membership of 4-H units on Native American Indian Reservations can be restricted to those individuals living on the reservation.
- Documentation of Efforts
Documentation of the efforts made must be certified by the 4-H YDP staff most directly involved and forwarded by the county director to the Office of Affirmative Action for determination as to compliance. Such documentation shall be retained for review purposes.
What this means to our volunteers…
A one-race club is all White, all Hispanic, etc. Counties that have one-race units (clubs) must demonstrate annually that they have made All Reasonable Efforts to diversify these units (by turning in the Outreach Documentation form). 4-H units not meeting this requirement within the program year will be disbanded.