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Laura Holland
Extension Program Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development Metro/Unity
University of Illinois Extension
UNITY Community Center
632 Orlando Avenue
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-862-4041
FAX: 309-663-8270

Alcha Corban
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development - Livingston & Woodford Counties
University of Illinois Extension
109 East Eureka Avenue
Eureka, IL 61530
Phone: 309-467-3789
FAX: 309-467-6034

Sara Attig
Extension Program Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development - Livingston County
University of Illinois Extension
1412 S Locust
Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone: 815-842-1776
FAX: 815-842-6547

Teens As Teachers

Teens As Teachers


4-H Teen Teachers will develop their own leadership and teaching skills as they plan and implement hands-on learning experiences for younger youth.


  • Ages 13-18
  • Intentionally trained and prepared for role
  • Supported by caring adult mentor(s)
  • Empowered to apply what they learn
  • Deepening their own content knowledge by teaching others
  • Collaborating with other Teen Teachers and/or Adult Mentors
  • Serving as a positive role model for younger youth as well as their peer group
  • Involved in selecting activities and planning lessons for others
  • Teaching lessons as lead teacher in sustained experience of six or more sessions for younger youth
  • Able to utilize a variety of teaching methods
  • Learning when and how to adapt to different learner needs
  • Developing group management and supervision skills
  • Learning how to manage time and resources
  • Developing skills in active listening, decision-making, effective communication, and self-esteem building
  • Reflecting and debriefing regularly with adult mentor and/or 4-H Staff