South Dakota 4-H Teens As Teachers Summer Program
April 1, 2016
This summer teams of high school 4-H members, along with a supportive adult mentor, have the opportunity to bring the popular S.D. 4-H Teens as Teachers program to their community.
"Teens participating in this program will make a difference in their communities while teaching others, deepen their own learning, and will be supported by caring adults to empower them," said Karelyn Farrand, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Character Education Field Specialist.
High school students sophomore and older as of the 2015-2016 school year qualify to attend the Teens as Teachers training. Teens along with their adult mentor will attend eight hours of training, across one or two days. This training will prepare teens to carry out and complete a Teens As Teachers Day Camp within their community during the summer of 2016.
Registration for the Teens As Teachers training is April 8, 2016. Interested participants are encouraged to register early as space is limited. To register, visit this URL http://igrow.org/up/resources/01-4014-2016.pdf.
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Teenagers as cross-age teachers is a widely embraced model used by 4-H Youth Development programs due to its effectiveness in three areas:
1. Building leadership and life skills in teens.
2. Engaging target audience members (younger youth or adults over 50) in learning through exciting curricula.
3. The program benefits the community as a whole through outreach activities carried out by teens.
Training date options include: April 26, 27, and 28.
Teams may be affiliated with a 4-H Club, school or other organization.
Day Camps are the Focus
The 2016 Summer Teens as Teachers Program will focus on Day Camps. Teens will have the opportunity to design their own Day Camp for their community.
Content area curriculums include but are not limited to: Character Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); Nutrition Education; Physical Activity; Safety; Gardening or Outdoor Lifeskills.
If these content areas do not meet the needs of the community, teens may also select their own content as approved by their adult mentor and the SD 4-H Staff. For a full description of content options visit iGrow.org Teens as Teachers page.
Upon completion of program requirements, teen teachers are eligible to apply for a scholarship through 4-H.