Youths not only participate in Extension services but also can be equipped as facilitators to extend information about a critical topic to new audiences. Our interdisciplinary team of Extension professionals created a program to equip youths as peer educators, increase youths' awareness and understanding of a new topic (local foods), promote youths' positive development, and establish a model for involving teens in existing Extension programs. Other Extension professionals can use the program's model, amending the topic area as needed, to promote positive youth development outcomes while engaging youths in helping with Extension's mission.
Homan, D. M., & Epley, H. K. (2018). Adding a "Youth Flavor" to Extension's Programs. Journal of Extension, 56(3), Article 14. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol56/iss3/14