University of Maryland Extension

Teen Corps

4-H Teen Corps

Leadership Program


 What is Teen Corps                                                                          

Teen Corps is a citywide collaborative between 4-H youth and adult leaders, agencies, and community stakeholders who partner to strengthen communities, and increase leadership opportunities for youth 12-18. When youth and adults work together they become more educated, independent, and responsible. This enables them to take their rightful place in their communities and in the world!!

Teen Corps operates from October – June. A core element of the program is a monthly meeting that brings youth and adult representatives of 4-H Clubs and community partners to one location that offers them opportunities to receive leadership training. They demonstrate the leadership skills learned by teaching other youth at their 4-H club sites. Each training session builds upon one another with the focus on leadership, personal development, organizational and communication skills, networking, career development and workforce preparation, resume writing and interviewing techniques. They are also involved in citywide community development activities and projects that focus on service-learning, community mapping, entrepreneurship/workforce readiness, and/or environmental science.

Program Outcomes

Members of Teen Corps established community garden projects, started entrepreneurial ventures in their communities, and implemented feed the hungry projects. They have participated and co-facilitated community-wide Master Plan meetings to promote revitalization efforts, collected and distributed holiday gifts for needy children and, established intergenerational programs with seniors. They have co-led the Baltimore City 4-H Youth Expo; which showcases the talents of youth from Baltimore City Public Schools and after school programs. Several thousand Baltimore City residents have been reached through this citywide initiative.

Teen Corps Members In Action

Forest Park Phoenix

Fallstaff Gardeners


West Baltimore Trailblazers

For more information contact: Manami Brown

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Updated 12/10/2013
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