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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!

Military Extension Adventure Camp[return to list]

February 7-10, 2014

Ready to hit the ski trails and learn how to add winter adventures into your lives? In partnership with Friends of Stowe Adaptive Sports, the UVM 4-H Teen & Leadership Program is offering a FREE camp for military families!

The Green Mountain Adaptive Adventure Family Camp is open to military parents/guardian (or spouse/guardian if military parent cannot attend) and their teenage children ages 14-18 with developmental or cognitive disabilities from any state and from any branch of the military. No experience is needed; all activities will be geared to novice adventurers and equipment will be provided.

Campers will spend the weekend developing resilience, problem solving, and cooperation skills. And, by having a parent/guardian join each camper, the camp will provide a real opportunity for families to gain a greater understanding of opportunities to participate in winter activities as a family.

Camp will take place in Stowe, Vermont – the Ski Capital of the East! Campers will enjoy adaptive (teens) and regular (parents) alpine ski lessons at Stowe Mountain Resort, Nordic skiing at the world famous Trapp Family Lodge, snowshoeing, ice skating, winter campfires, s'mores and more! Accommodations will be at the Golden Eagle Resort.

Download the Registration Brochure.

National 4-H Congress[return to list]

Grab your passport and join 4-H as they take you on an adventure around the world through National 4-H Congress. Unlike any other 4-H event, National 4-H Congress allows you to experience your world, our world, through different opportunities such as workshops, culture experiences, speakers, and meet-and-greets!

National 4-H Congress takes place in Atlanta, Georgia November 29-December 3, 2014.

For more information go to: http://national4-hcongress.com

Natural Resources Management Academy[return to list]

July 11-13, 2014

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.

Raise Your Voice - Day at the Capitol[return to list]

This program will not be offered in 2014. Instead, we will offer Teen Road Trip for 4-H members in grades 7-10.

A full-day educational program that focuses on civic engagement. The program includes an opportunity for participants to speak out on a variety of issues, dialogue with experts, see government in action, understand why civic engagement is important to democracy and more.

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

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 Congress and Teen Congress.

Note: 4-H members who would like to serve on either the Teen Congress Teen Board or Mini Congress Teen Board must attend Teen Leadership Weekend. To learn more about these opportunities, check out the 2013-2014 Teen Boards Flyer (PDF).

  • Teen Congress Teen Board members are nominated by their county 4-H Educators. Contact your Educator to express your interest!
  • Mini Congress 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!!

Want to learn more? Here is our Informational Flyer.

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

June 30 - July 2, 2014

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.

Vermont 4-H Youth Environmental Council [return to list]

First meeting – Spring 2014.

An advanced leadership opportunity in which participants plan and organize the Youth Environmental Summit.

Youth Environmental Leaders Wanted! Check out the Informational Flyer for details and how to join. Application deadline is March 22; only 10 spots available.

Youth Environmental Summit[return to list]

November 6, 2013

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, 2013 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 17, 2013. Registrations received after the deadline will incur a $5 late fee.

Remember, registering online is not only less expensive 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. Registrations mailed in will incur a $5 processing fee.

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

TRY for the Environment [return to list]

TRY for the Environment is your opportunity to make a difference! Here is your chance to get trained on an exciting new program, mentor younger kids, build your resume, and have a blast!

TRY stands for Teens Reaching Youth. It is the newest leadership program offered by the 4-H Teen & Leadership Program in partnership with the Vermont Energy Education Project.

A TRY team consists of a group of 2-4 teens and an adult mentor who are trained to teach fun, hands-on renewable energy activities to youth in grades K-3. Teams will be instructed on how to teach, work with the K-3 grades, run the program and more! We want you to be successful—so don't worry about what you don't know, think about what you will learn!

Teams must apply to the program and be selected. Twelve (12) TRY teams from around Vermont will be chosen to attend a FREE overnight retreat on January 22-23, 2014. Once trained, TRY teams will be expected to teach the program in their communities.

TRY was featured on Across the Fence on July 8, 2014. Watch the episode to learn more about the program.

For more information and to apply to be a TRY Team:

The application deadline to apply is December 16, 2013. Training for TRY teams will be January 22-23, 2014.

By learning about renewable energy and teaching lessons to younger youth you will have a direct impact on raising awareness and knowledge about energy issues Vermonters are facing today and in the future!

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For 4-H Members only

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

July 28-29, 2014.

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]

We will not be offering this trip in 2014. We will be sending a delegation to Leadership Washington Focus. CWF and LWF will alternate years. CWF will be offered again in 2015.

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]

July 15-19, 2014.
Note: Mandatory Orientation on Sunday, May 18, 1-3 p.m.

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.

Check out the Informational Flyer (PDF) for more details, and fill out the Registration Form (PDF) to apply for the program. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2014.

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 22 - 24, 2013.

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 2013-2014 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 Road Trip[return to list]

April 23-25, 2014.

A trip to Boston, Massachusetts for 4-H members in grades 7-10 to explore many of the cultural and historical sites this world class city has to offer, do a service project, have fun and make new friends.

More information will be available soon!

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