4-H Summer of Science Seeks Teen Applicants

Make a difference in your community this summer teaching kids about engineering and science!

teen at 4H summer of science with a banner from the eventWelcome to the 4-H Teen Teachers program. 4-H Teen Teaching is a paid summer internship for teens ages 14-19 which will give you 21st Century Skills for your future. The internship is only a few hours per week during July and August so you can combine this awesome opportunity with another summer job or internship if you choose. If you take this challenge you will learn communication, leadership, perseverance, teamwork, science, teaching skills, and meet a lot of new friends.

For those teens selected for this 8-week program, you will teach a science lesson to kids in 3rd-6th grade at least once a week. We will train you (you must be available for the training June 25-27) how to teach others and the subject matter. The theme for this year is Pirates – a Vehicle for Ocean Literacy & Engineering.

The 4-H program in Cumberland County (a part of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension) is seeking sixteen (16) teens to be a part of this program running from June 25 – August 16, 2019. Open to current and non-4-H members. We will have sites in Portland, Westbrook, Gray, and possibly other communities. You must find transportation to your assigned teaching sites.The place where you teach depends on where you live and what transportation you have available; 4-H will assign you the closest site possible at the training in June.

Teens who are hired will also be invited to participate in a research project. The research project, which is voluntary, will ask teen 4-H members about their experience helping to teach. We want to know what works for teens so we can share this opportunity with more teens. If you would like to help with the research project, you can let us know in the application or interview process.

To Apply to Be a Teen Teacher:

To apply to be a Teen Teacher please complete the 4-H Teen Teacher Cumberland County Application 2019. If you need a paper version contact sara.conant@maine.edu, 207-781-6099.  Paper versions may be mailed to UMaine Extension Cumberland County, Attn: 4-H, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth, Maine 04105, or e-mail scanned applications to mitchell.mason@maine.edu

Make sure to ask a teacher, coach, 4-H leader, religious leader, neighbor, or any adult who can recommend you for the program and who is not a relative, to complete a reference form for you. Ask the adult to complete the Reference Form for Teens (WordPDF) and send it directly to the address above by email or mail.

An interview will also be required for all applicants. Interviews will be scheduled after June 3, 2019.

Application Deadline is June 3, 2019

Questions? Please contact Mitch Mason 4-H Educator, mitchell.mason@maine.edu,  207.781.6099.