Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development
State 4-H Office
801 N. Country Fair Drive
Champaign, IL 61821
Alvarez Dixon provides leadership to the 4-H Youth Development program focusing on 4-H groups, Special Interest (SPIN) Clubs and the youth education initiatives identified as state priorities in the metropolitan areas of Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion counties. Dixon works with a team of experienced staff to plan, implement and evaluate 4-H programs for new audiences in and around urban areas. Dixon uses his extensive background in urban youth development to partner with community organizations who wish to support positive youth development.
Dixon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Inter-American Studies and a Minor in Spanish from the University of Northern Iowa. He graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan during which he was a Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Fellow. Dixon is certified mentor program developer/trainer and has spent nearly 10 years working for and with youth in Washington, DC; Baltimore, Maryland; and Davenport, Iowa.
Dixon is a midwest native of the Quad Cities and is driven by a personal mission to equip and inspire youth and those who work with and for them. He enjoys making art, hiking and learning to play guitar. Three goals may sum the approach he takes to work and life: “Set the Standard, Improve Each Day, and Have Some Fun.”
Dixon is a member of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) and the Illinois Extension Professionals for Youth Education (IEPYE).
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