Teens have a great opportunity to participate in a 4-H program called Teens as Teachers,” says Jessica Linnell, Oregon State University Extension Educator. Part of the 4-H Youth Advocates for Health (YA4-H!) program, Teens as Teachers offers training to youth ages 14 to 19 in leadership and facilitation and prepares them to offer health-related lessons to younger children.The hands-on, interactive program is designed to teach children ages 8 to 12 in after-school programs about the importance of healthy eating, active play, and the environment in their daily lives.“Teens as Teachers came out of the realization that children are eager to learn from older youth about health,” explains Jessica. “Teens make wonderful role models for younger children while learning valuable teaching skills. Everyone has fun in the process!”Teens as Teachers strives to offer adolescents opportunities to experience belonging, mastery, independence and generosity, the hallmark of 4-H youth development programs. Teen teachers gain leadership and facilitation skills, as well as a greater understanding of and commitment to healthy habits. For more information about Teens as Teachers come to the meeting on March 22 at 7 pm at the Partners for Rural Innovation Building at 4506 Third St, Tillamook. For questions call 503-842-3433 or email Amy Schmid at email@example.com.