4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Latinx teens become teachers and community leaders
Six high school teens served as teachers for elementary Latinx youth in Molalla through the 4-H “Teens as Teachers Corps” program. The program is designed to give teens the opportunity to give back to their community, learn important job skills, explore career paths and earn a small stipend. Corps members strengthen communities and develop leadership skills through direct, team-based service.
The teens spent several months learning about youth development, teaching methods, and new technology on-line. After 25 hours of study and weekly meetings, the teens selected Food Systems & Gardening lessons to teach younger youth within their community using distance learning and computer technology over a four-week period. The program was conducted in partnership with Hacienda CDC at Plaza Los Robles. Teens reported that they enjoyed learning and teaching others. The Teens as Teachers program has plans to continue in 2022 with face-to-face teaching through an after-school 4-H program for Latinx youth.and community leaders