Centennial Staff Profiles
UCCE Sacramento County
4-H Program Representative
Time with ANR
I am a UCCE program representative working in Sacramento County 4-H with the Youth Experiences in Science project. There is no typical day for my program, but a day usually includes office work, site visits and observations, and training of teens and adults. A typical program year would include the following activities in both the fall and the spring: I begin with recruitment of teen teachers and adult coaches from a variety of places, such as high schools, after school programs, and college campuses; I work with after school sites to find out if they would like to have teens come to deliver science lessons to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students; I train the teens and adults on the lessons, and they work together at each site to prepare the lessons for the students; I visit their school sites to observe them while they deliver lessons, and I provide positive feedback and take pictures to document the experience.
Most Memorable Moment
Once I had an opportunity to work as a coach with a group of teens. The after school site director and program leader helped the students make thank-you cards to show the teen leaders their appreciation. Working in the office, I rarely get a chance to see how thankful the students are for the lessons these teens provide each week.
What I love Most About Working for ANR
I most love moments like the ones I just described. They show the real human touch that our program has on the lives it impacts.
I started as a YES teen teacher in 7th grade. I taught the science lessons to the young elementary school students for 6 years. I was able to attend the 4-H State Leadership Conference two times, a CYFAR conference, and training demonstration workshops in other counties during my time as a teen teacher. My mom was one of the first coaches in the YES program when it started in Sacramento County and she was my coach during the 6 years that I volunteered. Being a volunteer as a teen opened many doors for me and gave me life-long skills. After I graduated from college and prior to being hired at UC ANR, I taught school lessons to students in Japan. The skills that I developed in the YES program were essential in my interactions with the Japanese students. I was hired in the spring of 2012 to help oversee the volunteer teens and adults in the YES program. My interest in science has also spilled over into the career path that I have chosen. I am currently a nursing student at Sacramento State.