“At its essence, a changemaker is an individual that identifies a problem, creates a solution, and implements it together with their team,” 4-H Kosova.
The Changemakers, facilitated by Marion County 4-H, is a new experience for teens to focus their passions toward actions through community service to improve lives in our community. The COVID-19 pandemic is creating new, and amplifying existing, community needs that you can help address. You, as a participant, will also develop transferable skills, such as empathy, critical thinking, and public speaking, to help you thrive in your future career. Teens from across Marion County will learn about our community-its problems and assets-in order to research, propose, and pitch a project addressing a community need, all while guided by adult mentors. You will also build your own community through new relationships with fellow students and adults!
Who are changemakers? Malala Yousafzai, Rosa Parks, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Greta Thunberg, Madam C.J. Walker…YOU!
Think you might be interested?
Then sign-up to learn more and ask questions. You are not committing to this entire program by signing up – this is just to learn more. Complete the registration survey and we will follow-up with you to tell you more about The Changemakers. Alternatively, contact Dustin Homan, 4-H Youth Development Educator, Purdue University Extension-Marion County, firstname.lastname@example.org
What is it?
About eight sessions starting in June. We will gather together to learn, hear from and question guest speakers, and discuss:
- Empathy and community
- What problem am I interested in and why is it important to my legacy?
- Where is the proof? Researching and interviewing
- Meeting with community leaders related to a topic of interest
- What is my solution and how will I help solve it?
- How will I put my solution into action?
- How will I get the word out and fundraise?
- What is my ‘pitch’? Presentation of projects and celebration (interested participants can choose to work with Marion County 4-H to identify funding and implement their projects after the eight sessions)
We will begin by meeting together virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions. You (the teen participants) will determine the exact dates and times for the sessions based on what works best for your schedules.
Who is it for?
Marion County 4-H teens (13-18 years old). 4-H members may also invite a friend who is not a 4-H member to participate with them. Projects can be completed individually or as a team. Registration is limited to 15 youth for this first cohort.
If you have read this far, you must be a little bit interested!
This program has been adapted from 4-H Kosova.
Questions? Contact Dustin Homan, 4-H Youth Development Educator, Purdue University Extension-Marion County, email@example.com