When identifying problems and creating solutions that support the community culture of health, youths provide a unique perspective. This article describes how staff from Somerset County, NJ 4-H partnered with staff from Middle Earth, an at-risk youth service provider, to organize a group of teens who identified and implemented projects that affect the health and wellness of their community of Bound Brook, NJ. Extension professionals can replicate a sustainable and synergistic youth-adult partnership by creating the opportunities, making the initial connections within the community, and following the 4-H club model to ensure teens experience the essential elements.
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Rothenburger, L., & Torretta, A. (2021). Empowering Teens to Make a Difference in Their At-Risk Community. The Journal of Extension, 59(2), Article 17. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.59.02.17