Burlington--TRY for the Environment is currently accepting applications from Vermont teens interested in teaching Grade K-4 students about important environmental issues.

TRY, short for Teens Reaching Youth, is a leadership opportunity offered through the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program for students in Grades 7-12. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 8 with full-day trainings scheduled for early December at the Green Mountain Technology and Career Center in Hyde Park.

Dates, details and a downloadable application can be found at www.uvm.edu/extension/youth/announcements.

Teens will receive training in one of five program areas: energy, waste solutions, forests and trees, food systems or water. They will then work in two- to four-member teams to teach six one-hour, interactive lessons to two different groups through in-school or afterschool programs, vacation camps, libraries and other programs.  

There is no cost to participate, and all teaching materials will be provided. TRY teen teachers also will receive a TRY T-shirt to wear while conducting lessons.

TRY for the Environment works in partnership with the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program; Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District; Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation; Vermont Energy Education Program; Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program and the Youth Agriculture Project.

To learn more, contact Lauren Traister, UVM Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program coordinator, at (866) 260-5603, ext. 402. Call by Nov. 8 if requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate.


Lauren A. Traister