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Teens as Teachers

Teens as Teachers is a leadership opportunity designed to prepare older youth to be teachers and mentors to younger youth. This program was implemented in partnership with South Dakota Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) where teen teachers work within their local communities to carry out the 4-H curriculum and the South Dakota Discovery Center’s Harvest of the Month curriculum.

The Teens as Teachers program has been delivered to 65 teens in 11 South Dakota school districts including: Baltic, Belle Fourche, Chamberlain, Clark, Highmore, Newell, Redfield, Sturgis, Wessington Springs, White River and Winner. The teens designed and presented 320 Teens as Teachers lessons which included 55 Harvest of the Month lessons. The teens utilized community resources through the provision of hands-on learning activities with lesson plans that were relevant to the South Dakota Health Education Standards. The teens received guidance from school teachers, FCCLA Advisors, 4-H Youth Program Advisors, and the South Dakota Discovery Center staff.

The teen teachers also wrote newsletters, incorporated community health challenges, submitted a 5 to 10 minute reflection video and completed various evaluations. Upon completion of the program, each teen received a $500 scholarship which will be deposited in an educational account at the South Dakota 4-H Foundation. The scholarship can be used for post-secondary education at a school of the teen's choice. Teens were recognized recently at the State FCCLA Convention in Sioux Falls where Roy Beard, 4-H Foundation representative, talked to the students about the importance of being engaged community members.

Participating partners include: the South Dakota 4-H Foundation, Coordinated School Health in the Departments of Education and Health, South Dakota Discovery Center, South Dakota Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America Chapters. Funding for this project was provided by Wal-Mart and Coordinated School Health.

For more information on the Teens as Teachers program model contact Suzy Geppert, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Partnerships Field Specialist at (605) 773-8120.
Sept. 2012
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