Mayyadah Zagelow of Seattle, Washington creates the Washington State 4-H Teen Equity and Inclusion Task Force. Its purpose is to educate youth and adult leaders in 4-H on how to be supportive and inclusive of their LGBTQ+ peers. "4-H Inspires Kids to Do" is produced by NBC News Learn in partnership with the 4-H Organization.
4-H Inspires Kids to Do -- Mayyadah Zagelow
Task Force Member #1: I like being in places where I feel found, I feel seen. And you know what? I think this may be one of those places
Task Force Member #2: Yay!
Task Force Member #3: You know, I just met all of you guys yesterday, last night, and it’s really nice to be with a bunch of strangers but still feel safe because I know that we’re all in this together.
MAYYADAH ZAGELOW, 4-H Teen Equity and Inclusion Task Force: LGBTQ equality is very important, and I really want to make sure everyone feels supported in 4-H, and feel like they have someone to go to that relates to them, and can provide a support system.
My name is Mayyadah Zagelow. And I'm from Seattle, Washington. I am affiliated with Washington State University extension. The taskforce is the Washington State 4-H Teen Equity and Inclusion Task Force.
We started working on equity and inclusion issues in spring of 2018. To me, "equity" means helping support all of our youth so that they can achieve the goals they've always dreamed of achieving, and supporting them in the different ways that they need.
Through our workshops, we're working on educating youth and adult leaders from around the state on how to be supportive and inclusive of our LGBTQ youth involved in 4-H.
Task Force Member #1: Equity is opportunity.
ZAGELOW: we are on a retreat at Lincoln Rock State Park in Wenatchee, Washington. We are here to convene together as a task force and work on our goals for the future, and presentations, and connect together as a team.
Task Force Member #4: Equity means respect for the people around me, and around others just for whatever they are, and whatever they want to be. And that they can pursue whatever they want to and not be judged for anything else.
ZAGELOW: I think our task force has helped to make 4-H even stronger and supportive, and reach out to more kids and tell them that 4-H is for them, and they're welcome and appreciated here.
Task Force Member #5: I’m glad that we’re all here. Because we’re all doing something good. And it’s going to be important someday even if it seems small now.
ZAGELOW: I think it's important for us to shed more light on the issues of LGBTQ+ inclusion, so that people are aware that there is a disparity, but that we're working towards equity and it's important that people know that they are supported in 4-H.
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