4-H TiLT Youth Volunteers Summer Teaching

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Brunswick County 4-H Teens in Leadership Training (TiLT) youth volunteers have been working hours during their free time to plan, prepare, and execute learning experiences for Brunswick County youth for six years! This year youth volunteers focused on preparing two hour summer educational programs for Communities in Schools/Parks and Recreation field trips to the Cooperative Extension for youth ages 5- 12; in addition they worked with Morgan McKnight, Family and Consumer Science Agent to learn the Speedway to Healthy lessons, so they could teach a week during the summer.

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Lena Devlin and Mackenzie Snyder teaching the Enviro-scape

4-H TiLT youth volunteers, also referred to as TRY-it youth at the 4-H State Level, reached over 125 youth ages 5-12 and approximately 50 adults and youth older than 12. In June, nine 4-H TiLT youth volunteers taught an Enviro-tour, where youth learned about erosion, Blue-Crabs, made seed-bombs, experienced the Enviroscape model, and participated in a nature-hunt in the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension Botanical Gardens.

Jillian ABowling teaching about Blue Crabs

Blue Crab presentation by Jillian Bowling

Scavenger Hunt in the Botanical Gardens

Scavenger Hunt in the Botanical Gardens

Then in July, field trip campers were taught Health Rocks, Less Stress, by eight TiLT youth volunteers. Health Rocks is a healthy lifestyle choices program, sponsored by National 4-H Council. Youth are taught hands-on lessons in decision-making, self-efficacy, critical thinking, and stress management; to aid them in avoiding unhealthy choices such as using drugs, alcohol, or tobacco. Brunswick County Parks and Recreation/Communities in schools campers, learned what causes stress, how to determine if you are stressed, then learned ways to prevent, and manage stress; which included lessons in yoga and healthy eating.

Yoga Instruction for local Communities in Schools Campers

Yoga Instruction for local Communities in Schools Campers

CIS campers after learning that Eating Healthy helps reduce stress

CIS campers after learning that Eating Healthy helps reduce stress

Later in July, eleven 4-H TiLT youth volunteers, taught Speedway to Healthy; which is a 1200 square foot body-walk exhibit, designed to teach children how the food they eat effects their bodies. Children explore 11 pit stops providing interactive learning on nutrition and health. Bolivia Elementary School opened their gym for this exhibit and 4-H TiLT youth volunteers, helped construct on Monday and then taught to the public July 26th-28th.

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Reagan Dumproff teaching about the Bone Health

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Sadie Huntley teaching the Stomach Pit-Stop

Alexis Apple teaching about the arteries

Alexis Apple teaching about the arteries

In August, TiLT youth volunteers taught STEM using past and current 4-H National Youth Science Day Experiments. Campers from the local Parks and Recreation/CIS group made and launched rockets, made and operated small robots, and then enjoyed learning about the newest National Youth Science Day Experiment, Drone Discovery.

NYSD Eco-Bots

NYSD Eco-Bots

NYSD Rockets to the Rescue

NYSD Rockets to the Rescue

NYSD Drone Discovery

NYSD Drone Discovery

4-H TiLT Youth Volunteers will start planning and meeting to re-start for the school year starting the 3rd Monday in October, after-school. They will also start meeting one Friday a month starting in January for Brunswick Early College High School and the Home-School Community.

TiLT youth volunteers doing Yoga in the door-way before teaching

TiLT youth volunteers doing Yoga in the door-way before teaching

If you would like to start a 4-H TiLT youth volunteer group at your High-school, Home-school, or Community organization, it takes 5 teens and one trained 4-H adult volunteer. Email angie_lawrence@ncsu.edu for more information.

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Photo of Angie Lawrence, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAngie LawrenceProgram Associate, 4-H Youth Development (910) 253-2592 angie_lawrence@ncsu.eduBrunswick County, North Carolina
Posted on Aug 19, 2016
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