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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

Adult Mentor Role


  • Builds a strong relationship through regular communication and face-to-face time
  • Models appropriate teaching roles
  • Provides opportunities for teaching practice and reflection
  • Provides feedback throughout planning and teaching process
  • Facilitates planning and feedback sessions to help teens make choices about adaptations to learning activities that will address different learner needs and interests (e.g. ages and stages, differences in subject-matter knowledge, etc.)
  • Connects teens with subject-matter support as needed to teach identified learning activities
  • Helps teens find answers to their questions
  • Helps coach teens through situations in which they feel stuck
  • Stays onsite to help ensure risk management
  • Empowers teens to take responsibility for teaching
  • Creates a safe place for teens to take risks, try new things, and make mistakes
  • Supports and legitimizes the Teen Teacher role in front of younger youth who are being taught
  • Supports teens in planning program logistics – e.g. promoting the program to younger youth, identifying and purchasing program supplies, confirming program location, etc.