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Teens Make a Positive Impact on Their Communities

Susan Weaver, Region 7 RPC

4-H Teens as Teachers in Training

As a program of the University of California, 4-H offers a variety of programs that meet the needs and interests of young people from 5-19 years old. 4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in the U.S. with more than 6.5 million young people ages 5-19, and 540,000 youth and adult volunteers. Through community clubs and in-school programs, young people learn skills like leadership, teamwork, and how to make a positive impact in their communities.


This month, we're spotlighting the Teens as Teachers Program (TAT). In 4-H TAT programs, 7th and 8th grade students are mentored by a trusted adult who supports their development, trains, and supports their delivery of science-based hands-on activities. In Santa Clara County, 4-H Community Educators guide students at   Escuela Popular and Sacred Heart Community to become confident Teen Teachers.

4-H Teens as Teachers working with elementary school students

The teens learn and deliver a variety of 4-H curriculum to elementary age students in their community. They cover many engaging topics like Mindfulness, Wonderful Worms, Magic Bubbles, Collections, and Snail Adventures.    A favorite activity among third graders is a    five-week course called Cooking Up Healthy Choices, where they get to cook (eat) and learn about nutritious recipes.

3rd Graders Cooking Up Healthy Choices



It's all about having fun while learning important life skills! The largest benefits are demonstrated by the teen teachers as they develop their leadership skills, and “experience what it’s like to be in charge,” and “be a teacher.”

For more information about the 4-H TAT program or to learn more about joining the 4-H Youth Development Program in your community, please email zmahmood@ucanr.edu