4-H Tech Changemakers

Educators & Parents

Running a 4-H Tech Changemakers Program

4-H and the 4-H Tech Changemakers coalition make it easy for communities to create 4-H Tech Changemakers programs. The 4-H Tech Changemakers guidebook below offers best practices and guidelines for youth/adult partnerships to plan, implement and evaluate programs in your community.


You will learn:

  • What you need to start Tech Changemakers program, including recommended learning experiences to prepare your group for project planning.
  • Best practices on topics like project management, program promotion and mentoring.
  • How to create an action plan framework to get your program started.
4-H Tech Changemakers

Download the 4-H Tech Changemakers Guidebook

Interactive Training Modules

Launch Lesson 1 - Why Are You Here?
Launch Lesson 2 - Assembling the Team
Launch Lesson 3 - Team Building and Bonding
Launch Lesson 4 - Foundational Knowledge
Launch Lesson 5 - Comunity Research
Launch Lesson 6 - Building Community Partnerships
Launch Lesson 7 - Designing Your Workshop
Launch Lesson 8 - Registering and Finalizing Workshops
Launch Lesson 9 - During the Workshop
Launch Lesson 10 - After the Workshop

Learn the basics of video conferencing which is a type of online communication where two or more people engage in a live audio-visual call. With a strong internet connection, the participants can see, hear, and talk to each other in real time regardless of their location.

Learn about one of the most fundamental internet communication tools. E-mail is an electronic message that is sent from one person to another through digital messaging systems. E-mail saves both time and money compared to regular mail. An e-mail message literally takes no more than a few minutes to reach the receiver.

This lesson provides an overview of basic skills and resources related to career development on the internet.

Learn how to effectively use digital technology to find a job. Many employers rely on online job postings to announce job openings as well as for accepting applications, thus participants will be taught the necessary digital skills to search for job postings online. To keep people safe during the search process, learners will also learn to identify “job scams” associated with the online job market.

Learn the importance of knowing how to access and evaluate digital information. Being able to determine the quality, credibility, and validity of websites and how to use search strategies to find information are important skills. Without this knowledge, false information could easily be perceived as factual.

Understand the importance of creating strong passwords for use in digital environments. An important component to digital privacy and security is ensuring personal passwords are strong and unable to be easily compromised. Weak passwords can lead to hardware damage, identity theft, and financial loss.

Learn the rules of etiquette while sharing information on the internet. The term ‘netiquette’ was created (combining the words internet and etiquette) to mean the acceptable way of communicating on the internet. Knowing the best practices to effectively communicate via email, social media posts, blogs, and forums is important.

Use these marketing materials to help get youth interested in joining your 4-H Tech Changemakers program. Use the social media posts for your county and state social media channels and use the flyers to post up in public spaces around your community.

Show your Tech Changemakers spirit by putting the Facebook banner on your county’s 4-H page, or use the logo and header to create custom Tech Changemakers materials. Also be sure to use the Zoom background for any remote trainings you do!

Once you’re ready to start hosting digital skills classes use these materials to help promote the classes to adults in your community. The flyers are customizable with your local 4-H contact information and details on your training class.

Learn how to effectively use devices, software, and the Internet to collaborate with others and discover, use, and create information.

Learn critical soft skills that employers are looking for in the workplace.

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