Building Character and Healthy YOUth in Your Community!
The Teens As Teacher program is unique to the SDYF. It provides a powerful service-oriented, community based learning experience for teenagers. The program provides opportunities for older youth to be teachers and mentors to younger students while earning a scholarship for post-secondary education.
"Our lessons gave the students a foundation to grow on as they mature and grow to become better people. By being a part of this program, it reminded us
- teen teachers- how we should incorporate
the lessons into our own lives and be
good role models for the students."
This experience made me more conscious of my behavior. It reminded me that the younger kids are always looking up to me, so to always set a good example. It also reminded to practice healthy habits to keep myself and others safe and healthy.
Although I will not be working in education, I will be working with children. I will use the skills I learned from this experience to present topics and work with young people.
Teen Teaching was an AMAZING experience!
Thank you so much for awarding this scholarship to me and other teen teachers. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to be a Teen Teacher.
It is something, I will never forget. Thank you.
Advisers/community coaches are a critical component in the success of this program. For Teens as Teachers to achieve their responsibilities, they will need support and mentoring from an adult. Teens should be guided but allowed autonomy to develop and implement their own ideas in lesson preparation and planning.
" I was thrilled to watch the teen teachers gain huge amounts of confidence by working through the lessons, adding their own ideas to the lessons, working as a team and practicing public speaking. In the end, we all witnessed the value of teen teachers presenting the character lessons to younger students and it left the elementary classrooms begging for more."
Your local Student Leadership Organization is great place to start! Are you a member of FCCLA, Educators Rising, 4-H , Student Council or FFA? These and other Leadership Organizations can lead you to the Teens as Teachers experience. Contact the SD Youth Foundation or your local adviser to get started.