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Looking for Outstanding Youth Leaders

The YTY program trains 9-12th graders in Jordan, Prior Lake/Savage, Shakopee and New Prague High Schools to teach elementary age students about a variety of life skills.  Some of the requirements of a YTY teen teacher are:

  • Complete training for each topic session (Out of School Time).
  • Teach three one-hour class series (In School Time.  We pick you up in a county vehicle and you are excused from school).
  • Remain tobacco, alcohol, and drug free.

For more information about how to join, call the Scott County Extension Office at 952-492-5388 and talk to Sara Wagner, or contact her via email

For those who are not familiar with each program, here is a brief description.

Alcohol & Tobacco Decisions:  Focuses on alcohol, tobacco and advertising.  It presents facts to help youth practice refusal and decision-making skills, teaches about peer pressure and builds self-esteem.  This program is taught to 4th and 5th graders and is a one-hour lesson that is taught once a week for three weeks.

Character Counts:  This program is presented to 2nd and 3rd graders.  It focuses on developing positive attitudes and being friendly members of their community.

Building Up: Creating Community in the Classroom:  Designed for youth in grades 2 and 3 and focuses on defining feelings, sharing positive conflict resolution strategies, and appreciating differences.  Building Up supports the following social and emotional learning skills: Self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

Internet Safety:  This is our new program designed to teach 5th graders about the dangers of social media.  We look at ways to protect ourselves, what to do if we feel unsafe, preventing online bullying and how to use social media/internet to do good things.


Sara Wagner
County 4-H Prog Coord, Youth Teaching Youth
(952) 492-5388
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