Youth Teaching Youth
Minnesota 4-H Youth Teaching Youth (YTY) is a cross-age teaching program offered by University of Minnesota Extension in Anoka, Dakota, Scott, and Washington
counties. YTY involves teen teachers (high school students) who deliver educational curriculum to peers in elementary and middle schools 3–8 times during
the school year.
Photos: Craig Lassig for Pioneer Press
Julia Deshler, a 4-H member and high school junior from Cottage Grove, teaches fourth-graders about negative peer pressure, internet safety and the dangers of alcohol and tobacco use.
Character Counts I & II
Second and third grade students learn about the six pillars of good character (Trustworthiness, Respect, Caring, Responsibility, Fairness and Citizenship).
Designed for youth in grades 3 and 4, Building Up focuses on defining feelings, sharing positive conflict resolution strategies and appreciating differences.
Alcohol and Tobacco Decisions
Fourth grade students learn about alcohol, peer pressure, tobacco, advertising and refusal skills.
Fifth grade students learn about online communication and etiquette, internet safety and cyberbullying.
It's Your Choice
Sixth grade students learn about respect, acceptance and cliques, stress, peer pressure, bullying, alcohol, tobacco and relationships.
Seventh grade students learn about culture, diversity, power and privilege, hurt and prejudice and appreciating similarities and differences.
The research behind Youth Teaching Youth
- The relationship between cross-age teaching and social & emotional learning (issue brief, PDF)
- Teen teacher evaluation report (full report, PDF)
- Teen teacher evaluation report (2-page summary, PDF)
- Teen teacher survey results, 2013-2014 (PDF)
The Youth Teaching Youth program model includes a strong partnership between the local 4-H program (staff and youth), the school (students, teachers and administrators) and the community at large. View a list of our school district partners (PDF).
YTY in the media
- Source Magazine: 4-H teens teach and mentor their younger peers
- Startribune: In 4-H program, kids are teachers and students
- Hampton News: Teens train to help youngsters make healthy living choices
- Hampton News: 4-H Youth Teaching Youth program wins national award
For general information, please contact:
For county-specific information, please contact a YTY program coordinator:
Layne Vermeulen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-763-755-1280
Lou Powers, email@example.com, 1- 612-596-2124