Travels with Community Central

Over their school break in April, Community Central Teen Leaders took the cities by storm.

The Portland High School 4-H club, including CYFAR Teen Leaders, went to the Big Apple!

ten teens and chaperone group photo at General Assembly at the United Nations
PHS 4-H visits the General Assembly room at the United Nations.

The teens take the trip to visit an urban college and to learn American history and civics. There were eleven juniors and seniors who went on the trip with two adult volunteers. Highlights included a visit to NYU admissions, a touching visit to the 9/11 memorial and a tour of the United Nations. Several students want to study criminal justice and be a police officer so the students asked NYPD officers a lot of questions on the trip.

The teens have been planning the trip since October. The teens had to identify potential colleges and sites to visit, conduct service learning projects, and attend leadership meetings in order to go on the trip. The teens also met with mentors on a weekly basis and maintained their grades and school attendance. Many of the teens loved visiting NYC but most came to the conclusion that they would prefer a college with more green space and less traffic!

A big thanks to volunteers Glenn and Jennifer for chaperoning!
A big thanks to volunteers Glenn and Jennifer for chaperoning!

Teen Leaders from Lewiston and the Androscoggin/Sagadahoc Teen Council went to Boston!

teens group photo outside museum
Teen Leaders from Lewiston and Androscoggin/Sagadahoc Teen Council at the Boston Museum of Science.

Gray rainy days don’t scare away Main-ahs! Teen Leaders from Community Central in Lewiston and members of the Androscoggin/Sagadahoc Teen Council went to the Boston Museum of Science to explore new information, celebrate the work they have done this year, and get ready for summer programming.

This summer teen leaders will be teaching engineering concepts to younger 4-H members. We kicked off their training by visiting the OMNI Theaters presentation of Dream Big: Engineering Our World.

teenager and a 4-H youth at an engineering table at museum
Exploring Engineering concepts and looking forward to summer!

The teens collected a lot of ideas for future sessions with kids and have started sharing all of their new ideas with our 4-H youth. We’re looking forward to summer!

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This material is based upon the work of 4-H Community Central Maine, a project supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States (U.S.) Department of Agriculture, through a cooperative agreement with The University of Maine under award number 2014-41520-22235
General information about the CYFAR grant program can be accessed online.

For further information about the CYFAR-funded project highlighted in this publication, contact:

CYFAR Project Name: 4-H Community Central Maine
Principal Investigator: Kristy L. Ouellette
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