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"We must become the change we wish to see in the world" ~ Mahatma Ghandi

Vermont 4-H has a strong focus in TEEN & LEADERSHIP programming

All youth have leadership potential. Most leadership specialists agree that leaders are made, not born, and that young people can learn and develop leadership attitudes and skills. Becoming a leader is a developmental process but this process is often overlooked in education.

Vermont 4-H offers a wide variety of opportunities which enable teens to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for success in the 21st century. Teens can participate in programs focused on LEADERSHIP, CITIZENSHIP, and LIFESKILLS, through exploring a variety of topics.

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Get Involved

Training is provided. Enthusiasm is required!

Share Your Talents: You have a lot to give. After all, you have years of life experiences. Now is your chance to share your knowledge and talents with young people.

Flexibility to Fit Your Interests: What do you like to do? What's your passion? There are many interesting projects and fun things to do as apart of 4-H. Despite what many people think, 4-H is not just a program for farm kids. It's for ALL KIDS...and for the adults who want to help them grow!

Here's How You Can Get Involved: For more information about volunteering with the Teen & Leadership Program, please contact Lauren Traister, 4-H Teen & Leadership Program Coordinator, at or (802) 888-4972 x 402 or toll-free in VT at 1-866-260-5603

Schedule a Workshop

We offer In-School, Out-of-School, and Professional Development workshops on a variety of topics:

  • Leadership Development
  • Youth Engagement
  • Youth Voice
  • Citizenship
  • Youth-Adult Partnerships
  • Collective Leadership
  • Service Learning
  • Youth Activism
  • Experiential Learning
  • Life Skills Development
  • Workforce Development
  • Afterschool Leadership Clubs
  • And More!

Contact Lauren Traister for more information.

4-H Leadership Curricula

For Youth

  • 4-H Curricula - Ask to borrow from your local 4-H County Office or purchase directly from Shop 4-H
    • Step Up to Leadership
    • A Guide to Bully Prevention Programs
    • Express Yourself!
    • Public Adventures
    • Service Learning
    • Exploring 4-H
    • Be the E - Entrepreneurship
    • Get in the Act!
  • Leaders4Life - Take the Lead! (grades 6-8)

For Volunteers

4-H Teen & Leadership Programs - Step into Your Future

Goals of the 4-H Teen & Leadership Programs

  • Acquire leadership skills
  • Improve team building, critical thinking, problem solving, goal setting and communication skills
  • Provide opportunities for youth to be leaders of today, not just tomorrow
  • Engage a diverse population of youth in leadership development
  • Have fun and make new friends

Contact Us

Lauren Traister

4-H Teen & Leadership Coordinator

University of Vermont Extension
29 Sunset Drive, Suite 2
Morrisville, Vermont 05661
Telephone: 802-888-4972 x 402
Toll Free in VT: 1-866-260-5603