4-H Ag Innovators Experience, Financial Education, Teen Leadership, Teens as Teachers Workshop

Date: March 12, 2016 - March 13, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. (3/12) - 3p.m. (3/13)
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Dr., Tustin, MI 49688
Contact: Betty Jo Krosnicki, nashbett@msu.edu, 810-648-2515 ext. 309

At the Teens as Teachers workshop, teen leaders will gain facilitation and leadership skills that will prepare them to teach a hands-on lesson.  

Each teen attending the training will be expected to identify and reach a local audience in their community with the hands-on activity they learn at the Teens as Teachers training. Teens will work together to prepare, implement, evaluate and report on the progress of their local implementation of the activity. Training and all teaching supplies will be provided.

Teen Leader Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to implement planned hands-on activity that will reach a minimum number of youth in Michigan
  • Utilize 4-H Experiential Learning Model to engage youth in rich learning experiences
  • Participate in team update calls and respond in a timely fashion to team communications
  • Assist with collection of program evaluations from youth participants
  • Educate youth about career opportunities; promote a positive college-going culture (Ag Innovators)
  • Promote a culture of wise money use (Money Skills)
Skills You Will Develop
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Self-motivation
  • Responsibility
  • Critical thinking
  • Organization

Workshop Details

Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Dr., Tustin, MI 49688

Date: March 12, 11 a.m. —  March 13, 3 p.m.

Your registration fee covers overnight lodging, meals, and all program materials.  Actual workshop cost is $91/person; your cost is $20.  A large portion of your registration fees will be paid through program grants. Cancellations received on or after March 4 will not be refunded.

Check-in at the main lodge at 10:30 a.m.

Participants will select 1 of the track options on their registration

Snapshot of Agenda

Session 1:          Teaching and Facilitation Skills

Session 2:          Setting the Stage (background information; by track)

Session 3:          Being a Part of the Solution (learning activity; by track)

Session 4:          Practice Teaching

4-H Ag Innovators Experience Track

The world population is expected to reach nine billion by the year 2050!! Each year there is a growing shortage in the number of people working in the agriculture sector as the farm workforce ages. In order to meet the challenges of feeding a growing world population, we must increase the number of young people who enter the workforce in the areas of science and agriculture.

This track will feature the “Honey Bee Challenge” that will explore the importance of pollinators in our food system. This science based activity will promote career exploration in the areas of STEM and agriculture while teaching youth life skills.

This track will accept up to 30 teen leaders. The total reach of this activity is a minimum of 1250 youth between March and July through classrooms, afterschool, camps or 4-H clubs. This project is part of a national 4-H grant which will supply all educational materials, funding for the Teens as Teacher training, and mileage reimbursement for teen volunteers. For more details about this track or the 4-H Ag Innovators Experience project contact Betty Jo Krosnicki at nashbett@msu.edu.

Money Skills Education Track

Did you know that most teens look to their parents to learn how to manage their money but many parents admit they don’t discuss finances with their children? Research also indicates that early education can help young people develop healthy money behaviors.

This is where YOU can make a difference! Through this initiative, 4-H teens will teach elementary school students in their community’s basic financial concepts using children’s books and hands-on activities.

This track will accept 10 teens who will reach 200 youth between March and August through classrooms, afterschool programs, camps, or 4-H clubs.  For more details, contact Laurie Rivetto at rivettol@anr.msu.edu

Please note:
This workshop is intended for primarily a teen audience. Based on the small scope of the workshop and the number of staff present, we have a sufficient number of chaperones at this time. A waitlist for chaperone volunteers will be kept. Contact Betty Jo Krosnicki if you are interested in being added. Waitlisted volunteers will be contacted to register only if youth registration numbers and/or gender balance require additional chaperones.


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