4-H teens prepare to lead training for peers

4-H teen leaders sought to meet the challenge of educating the next generation.

Three Michigan 4-H members visited the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Feb. 3-5, 2017, to prepare for their role serving on the 4-H Ag Innovators Experience State Leadership Team. Attending the training were Elizabeth Bennett, a Macomb County 4-H member; Logan Leen, a Sanilac County 4-H member; and Nathan Laurenz, a Midland and Gratiot County 4-H member.

During the training conference, Bennett, Leen and Laurenz had an opportunity to meet with soil scientists from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and visit a farm in Maryland to gain an understanding of the composition of soil and the impact tillage has on soil health. The teens also participated in the “Healthy Soil CSI Challenge” as part of their training and later learned how to facilitate the activity.

Michigan’s 4-H Ag Innovators Experience State Leadership Team members put their knowledge and skills to use March 25, 2017, as they trained 16 fellow 4-H teen leaders at Thompson Community Center in Warren, Michigan, to facilitate the activity during one of two planned teen leader trainings. The State Leadership Team members, along with the teen leaders they trained, will use the Healthy Soil CSI Challenge activity to teach 1,000 Michigan youth in grades 3-8 about the importance of soil in producing food.

A second teen leader training opportunity is being offered at the 4-H Teens as Teachers Workshop at Kettunen Center in Tustin, Michigan, May 20-21, 2017. This workshop is open to all youth ages 13-19 and will provide teens an opportunity to build their leadership skills as they provide education to youth in their local community on important and timely topics.

Teens attending the workshop will gain facilitation and leadership skills that will prepare them to teach a hands-on lesson that will be provided. Each teen attending the training will be expected to identify and reach a local audience in their community with the activity they learn. All teaching supplies needed for local program delivery will be provided. Michigan State University Extension staff hosting the 4-H Teens as Teachers Workshop will provide support to teens as they plan and carry out their local events.

Teens may register to attend the workshop at 4-H Teens as Teachers Workshop. The registration fee is $45 and can be paid online through the registration system or via cash or check at your local MSU Extension office. Registration covers overnight lodging, meals and all program materials.

For more information on this project, please contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 810-648-2515.

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