University of Vermont

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Teen & Leadership Programs

Programs

4-H Leadership Clubs[return to list]

An ideal afterschool activity for elementary (recommended grades 4-6), middle school, and high school youth. Club members meet once per week during afterschool to develop their leadership, team building, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and goal setting skills. Clubs also offer participants meaningful opportunities to exercise leadership in real-life through service-learning projects.

Leadership Conference[return to list]

A half-day or full-day conference offered to schoools or groups who are interested in leadership development for its youth. Activities focus on leadership, team building, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and goal setting. Programs can be tailored to fit your specific needs.

Want to know more? Watch our Across the Fence Episode!

Natural Resources Management Academy[return to list]

July 10-12, 2015

A program for youth who are passionate about the environment and are ready to explore Vermont's natural resources in-depth. Experts from around Vermont lead workshops and skill-building activities.

Article in UVM Extension's 2012 Annual Report

Check out the Registration Brochure and/or Register Online.

Teen Boards[return to list]

Provides 4-H Teen Members an opportunity for leadership development beyond the county or regional level and to promote input in the planning and implementation of Mini Exploration and Teen Exploration.

Note: 4-H members who would like to serve on either the Teen Exploration Teen Board or Mini Exploration Teen Board must attend Teen Leadership Weekend. To learn more about these opportunities, check out the 2014-2015 Teen Boards Flyer (PDF).

  • Teen Exploration Teen Board members are nominated by their county 4-H Educators. Contact your Educator to express your interest!
  • Mini Exploration Teen Board members must complete an Application Form (PDF) and be selected.

Teen Boards are a great way to meet other 4-H teens, develop your leadership skills, and have fun!!

Teen Exploration (formerly Teen Congress)[return to list]

July 1 - 3, 2015 (Tentative)

A three day, two night event on the UVM Campus in Burlington for youth ages 13-18. Participants live in a college dorm and experience college life, meet new friends, and participate in a wide variety of hands-on workshops, community service and other fun activities.

See what Teen Exploration (PDF Slideshow) is all about.

Check out the Registration Brochure and Register Online.

Youth Environmental Summit[return to list]

November 6, 2014

The Youth Environmental Summit (YES!) is an annual conference for middle and high school students. YES! is an opportunity to learn about environmental issues and get involved in local communities. The mission of YES! is to inspire, encourage, and prepare youth for a life of environmental responsibility, service and leadership by increasing awareness and knowledge of environmental issues and fostering leadership skills.

At YES! participants engage in hands-on workshops, action-inspiring discussions, networking with environmental professionals and like-minded peers, and much, much more!

Don't miss out - YES! is Vermont's premier environmental conference for young people. This year's event is November 6, 2014 at the Barre Civic Center in Barre, Vermont. All young people in grades 7-12 are eligible to attend.

Before going to the registration page, please review all of the registration materials to make sure you have all of the information needed to register online:

Once you have reviewed all of the materials and selected your workshops, please Register Here by October 22, 2014.

Remember, online registration is not only quicker and saves paper but you will be able to see in real-time which workshops are available. If you are unable to register online, please download the registration forms and mail them in to the address listed on the forms.

Want to know more about YES!? Watch our Across the Fence Episode!

TRY for the Environment [return to list]

TRY stands for Teens Reaching Youth. It is a teen-led environmental education program with an embedded service learning component designed to teach environmental literacy and responsibility. The TRY program offers two subject areas for teens to make a difference:

1) Renewable Energy

While we cannot predict all the issues the next generation will confront, we can be certain that among them will be issues related to the environment. Energy issues, specifically, may call for tough choices, and citizens have to understand the issues to be able to make wise choices. By learning about renewable energy and teaching lessons to younger youth, TRY teams will have a direct impact on raising awareness and knowledge about energy issues Vermonters are facing today and in the future!

This program, in partnership with the Vermont Energy Education Program, is your opportunity to make a difference in your community and to be trained to teach hands-on renewable energy activities, mentor younger kids, build your resume and have a blast!

Teams of 2-4 teens with an adult mentor must apply by December 15, 2014 and be selected. Twelve (12) TRY teams from around Vermont will be chosen to attend a free training on January 14, 2015 at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee. Once trained, TRY teams will be expected to teach the program in their communities.

This TRY program consists of:

  • 6 separate one-hour renewable energy lessons that are fun, hands-on, and easy to teach!
  • Teams will commit to teaching the entire program to 2 different groups of at least 15 youth.
  • Teams choose who they teach, and where and when they teach. This allows a lot of flexibility in how to fulfill your commitment of teaching two programs.
  • All programs must be concluded by August 1, 2015. Vacation camps, afterschool programs, libraries, in-school, weekends and summer programming are all options!
  • All materials and energy kits will be provided. Everything you need to be successful will be given to you, including ongoing support.

Who can be a TRY team member?

  • Team members must be in grades 7-12.
  • You should have an interest in learning about renewable energy, teaching, and mentoring. It's okay if you don't have any knowledge of the issues or know how to teach. We will train you!
  • Your team must be able to commit to teaching the program to two different groups. That's a 12-hour commitment (plus your preparation time).

Watch the video clip from Across the Fence to learn more about this program!

2) Waste Management

Vermont just passed the first-in-the-nation, statewide, mandatory universal recycling law. We MUST divert more trash from Vermont's only landfill, which means more recycling, more composting, less consumption, more reuse.

This program, in partnership with the Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District (LRSWMD), is designed to help schools meet the requirements of the new Vermont state Universal Recycling law by having students take the lead in reducing their school's waste.

For the 2014-2015 only middle and high schools in the LRSWMD are invited to participate. Each school is asked to create a TRY team of 5-10 students and an adult advisor by November 1, 2014 to commit your school to the TRY program. Schools that complete an action plan will get $750 for implementation.

Schools within the LRSWMD whose action plans Save Money And Reduce Trash will compete for the "TRY SMART Award" and whichever school's action plan creates the biggest impact on waste reduction and highlights the Universal Recycling law will win the title and prizes!

What is expected:

  • Teams must attend a free one-day training on December 4, 2014 at the Green Mountain Technology and Career Center in Hyde Park to learn how to conduct a waste audit, how to create an action plan, and other aspects of the program.
  • Teams will complete two waste audits. One audit will be done as a pre-assessment to help determine your action plan. The second audit will be done as a post-assessment to measure your success.
  • Teams must create an action plan to decide how best to minimize waste at your school. Upon approval each school will be given $750 to implement their action plan.
  • Teams are encouraged to attend the Youth Environmental Summit on November 6. (Go to www.uvm.edu/extension/teenleadership to learn more.)
  • Teams must have at least 3 members attend a field trip to a materials recycling facility and a composting facility on March 2, 2015. Transportation will be provided.
  • Teams will be formally recognized at a school assembly and at a community celebration.

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For 4-H Members only

Mini Exploration (formerly Mini Congress)[return to list]

July 27-28, 2015 (Tentative)

A two day, one night event on the UVM Campus in Burlington for 4-H youth ages 11-13. Participants live in a college dorm and experience college life, meet new friends, and participate in hands-on workshops, community service and other fun activities.

Check out the Registration Brochure and Register Online.

Citizenship Washington Focus[return to list]

June 27 - July 5, 2015
Mandatory Orientation on Sunday, May 17th ~ 1-3 p.m.

A dynamic week long program at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland - just minutes from downtown Washington, D.C. Workshops, debates, and discussions are complemented by field trips and visits to the capitol's historic and cultural sites, as well as the opportunity to meet with Vermont's Congressional delegation.

Visit the National 4-H Youth Conference Webpage or watch the CWF 2013 YouTube video to learn more.

Leadership Washington Focus[return to list]

We will not be offering this trip in 2015. We will be sending a delegation to Citizenship Washington Focus. CWF and LWF will alternate years. LWF will be offered again in 2016.

Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) is a 4-H leadership program for youth entering grades 7 through 9. The program will take place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just 1 mile from the Washington, D.C. border. For more than 50 years, thousands of 4-H'ers have participated in the high school program, Citizenship Washington Focus and now organizers are happy to introduce its precursor for middle school 4-H'ers, LWF. Middle school 4-H delegates will:

  • Build confidence in their ability to motivate and direct others in meaningful action
  • Practice effective communication with others through group discussion and public speaking
  • Work with others to create and accomplish goals
  • Develop an understanding of their own personal leadership style
  • Exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other 4-H'ersfrom across the nation
  • Experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, D.C.

Teen Leadership Weekend[return to list]

An exciting, activity-filled weekend where participants learn valuable leadership skills and engage in fun team-building games while having the opportunity to meet new friends from around the state.

This year's event is November 21 - 23, 2014.

Check out the Registration Brochure and/or Register Online.

Note: 4-H members who would like to serve on either the Teen Exploration Teen Board or Mini Exploration Teen Board must attend Teen Leadership Weekend. To learn more about these opportunities, check out the 2014-2015 Teen Boards Flyer (PDF).

  • Teen Exploration Teen Board members are nominated by their county 4-H Educators. Contact your Educator to express your interest!
  • Mini Exploration Teen Board members must complete an Application Form (PDF) and be selected.

Teen Boards are a great way to meet other 4-H teens, develop your leadership skills, and have fun!!

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