Teens as Teachers Workshop

Date: March 3, 2018 - March 4, 2018
Time: See Description
Location: Tamarack Camps, 4361 Perryville Rd, Ortonville, MI 48462
Contact: Betty Jo Krosnicki, nashbett@msu.edu, 810-648-2515 ext. 309

Seeking teens (4-H age 13-19) with a passion for teaching other youth and peers in one of these important topic areas:

  • Money Management
  • Healthy Living
  • Agriculture Literacy

At the Teens as Teachers workshop, teen leaders will gain facilitation and leadership skills that will prepare them to teach a FUN hands-on educational activity. As a teen leader, you will have the advantage of being able to make learning fun and relatable to the young people you teach; serving as a role model for peers and younger 4-H members. Teens in each track will work together to prepare, implement, evaluate and report on the progress of their local implementation of their activity. Each teen leader will select a group (club, class, camp, etc.) to teach the activity they learn at the training to a group of kids in their local community. Training and teaching supplies will be provided.

Teen Leader Responsibilities

  • Engage kids in having fun while learning
  • Serve as a positive role model to other young people
  • Provide leadership to implement planned hands-on activity that will reach a minimum number of youth in your local community
  • 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
Skills You Will Develop
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Self-motivation
  • Responsibility
  • Critical thinking
  • Organization

Workshop Details

Date: March 3, 10:30 a.m. — March 4, 3 p.m.

Your registration fee covers overnight lodging (optional), meals, and all program materials. Actual workshop cost is $87.90/person; your cost is $25. A large portion of your registration fees will be paid through Michigan 4-H program grants. Cancellations received on or after deadline and no-show participants will be charged for full workshop cost ($87.90).

Participants will select one of the track options on their registration.

Check-in is at 10:30 a.m. Meals will be provided from lunch Saturday through lunch Sunday. Overnight camp accommodations will be provided, but are optional. Participants will have the option to stay overnight or commute both days; the registration fee will be the same. Camp accommodations will be in cabins with bunk beds and indoor plumbing; participants bring their own bedding (sleep bag or sheets/blankets, pillow, and towels).

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


Ag Literacy Track

The world population is expected to reach 9 billion by the year 2050, and with the number of adults working in the agriculture sector decreasing, we need to get young people excited about ag! This track will feature activities to help you educate young people about the importance of agriculture and the source of their food. This science-based activity will promote career exploration in the areas of STEM and agriculture while teaching youth life skills! For more details about this track contact Betty Jo Krosnicki at nashbett@msu.edu.

Money Management Track

If you are interested in helping younger youth, want to positively impact your community, and/or want experience teaching children, this workshop will give you the skills to do all those things! Plus, knowing how to handle money now will make life so much easier when you are an adult! Through this initiative, 4-H teens will teach elementary school students in their community basic financial concepts using children’s books and hands-on activities. For more details, contact Laurie Rivetto at rivettol@anr.msu.edu

Healthy Living Track

Like to be active and eat right? Want to learn how to share your passion for healthy living with others? This track will give you skills and tools to use while working with younger youth about how to be active and healthy. Participates will explore many different healthy living curriculums that can be used in different setting. Developing a network of youth and adults from around the state will also be an added bonus from this track. For more details about this track contact Michelle Neff at hydemich@anr.msu.edu or Kea Norrell-Aitch at knboyd@anr.msu.edu.

Please note:

This workshop is intended for primarily a teen audience. Based on the small scope of the workshop, the intent of the outcomes of this project, and the number of staff present, we would prefer to limit the number of adults attending. Counties sending teen participants are not required to send a county chaperone.

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