SD 4-H Teens As Teachers Summer Program Back »

2015 Fall Teens as Teachers from Waubay practice how to assemble a robot. Teens use the National 4-H Robotics curriculum to teach and engage younger youth in math, science, and programing in the 5th and 6th grade.

Written collaboratively by Karelyn Farrand (former SDSU Extension Regional 4-H Youth Program Advisor) Nikki Prosch, Kathy Reeves (former SDSU Extension 4-H Science Field Specialist), Christine Wood, and Audrey Rider.

This summer 4-H members in teams of sophomores, juniors or seniors (from 2015-16 school year) in high school along with a supportive adult mentor now have the opportunity to bring the popular SD 4-H Teens as Teachers program to their community! Teenaged youth participating in this program will make a difference in their communities while teaching others, deepen their own learning, and will be supported by caring adults to empower them.

Program Overview

The 2016 Summer Teens as Teachers Program will focus on Day Camps. Teens will have the opportunity to design their own Day Camp for their community. Content area curriculums include but are not limited to: Character Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); Nutrition Education; Physical Activity; Safety; Gardening, Outdoor Lifeskills; or Livestock;. If these content areas do not meet the needs of the community, teens may also select their own content as approved by their adult mentor and the SD 4-H Staff.

Teens along with their adult mentor will attend eight hours of training, across one or two days. This training will prepare teens to carry out and complete a Teens As Teachers Day Camp within their community during the summer of 2016.

Upon completion of program requirements teen teachers are eligible to apply for a scholarship through 4-H. Deadline to register for the Teens As Teachers training is April 8. Interested participants are encouraged to register early as space is limited.

As Teachers in Philip were informing the Philip School Board of the Take A Stand – Conflict Resolution and Bullying curriculum they were using in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.

Program Benefits

Teenagers as cross-age teachers is a widely embraced model used by 4-H Youth Development programs due to its effectiveness in three areas:

  • Building leadership and life skills in teens
  • Engaging target audience members (younger youth or adults over 50) in learning through exciting curricula.
  • The program benefits the community as a whole through outreach activities carried out by teens.


Registration is currently open for the Teens As Teachers 2016 Summer training held at the SDSU Extension Regional Centers. Training date options include April 26, 27, and 28. Teams may be affiliated with a 4-H Club, school or other organization. View the SD 4-H Teens As Teachers Summer Registration Form for complete information. Registration forms are due April 8.

More Information

For complete information on the Teens As Teachers program including role descriptions of teen teachers and their adult mentors, program topic areas and registration form check out the Teens As Teachers page.

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