4-H Tech Changemakers
Create Positive Change in Your Community
4-H Tech Changemakers is a unique, community-centered program that puts youth into positions of leadership by empowering them to teach digital skills to members of underserved communities across the country.
More than 20 million people in the U.S. lack broadband internet access, creating what is known as the digital divide; this combination of inequitable internet access, along with a lack of digital skills, is contributing to a growing opportunity gap, particularly for members of rural communities and communities of color.
4-H Tech Changemakers gives teens the tools and support that they need to become true agents of change by teaching digital skill-building workshops to adults.
Why It Matters
Our 2021 Digital Impact Survey polled teens on their perspective on digital opportunity in their local communities:
- 73% of teens believe that digital skills will be the key to getting the best jobs for their generation.
- 63% of teens credit digital skills and broadband access to the economic prosperity of their community today.
- Access is not equal. Only 69% of black and brown teens report broadband access at home and 37% at school.
Get more insights on the digital divide at our Research page.
The 4-H Tech Changemakers program has inspired teens in over 160 communities across 18 states to do good in their communities. 325 teens reached over 37,000 adults in the communities served by the program in 2021. See what these Tech Changemakers are doing in their hometowns.
Follow their stories and share your own community projects by using #4HTechChangemakers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Meet the 2023 4-H Tech Changemaker National Ambassadors
National Ambassadors are teens who support and advocate for the 4-H Tech Changemakers program across the nation while also leading impactful programs in their local communities.
High school senior Ivan Becerril, from Nogales, Arizona, has translated lessons into Spanish and facilitated tech tutorials over Zoom, helping his community elevate its technical confidence and command by tailoring the program to its needs. He has reached more than 3,000 workforce-ready adults with in-person and virtual workshops.
Hannah, a high school junior from Adairsville, Georgia, has led a demonstration on the importance of strong passwords at the Georgia National Fair and regular Canva classes for middle school teachers looking to enhance their digital content creation skills. Her average workshop reaches more than 100 participants.
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Zamaria, a high school sophomore from Sunbury, North Carolina, leadership workshops focused on computer basics and safety. She pairs young people with adults to create a productive learning environment for people of all ages and skill levels. Through these workshops, she equips students with the tools to use technology safely and effectively.
As a 4-H Tech Changemaker, you’ll combine what you know about where you live with a series of tutorials on this platform to create a plan for educating your community by matching needs with the right learning opportunities. Along the way, you’ll be guided by your 4-H chapter leader and if you need any extra help, the national program is here to help, too.
Even as technology advances faster than ever before, many communities in our country—especially communities of color and rural communities—still lack reliable access to broadband internet. People in these communities need help overcoming that digital divide and understanding essential everyday technological skills that teens are in a unique position to teach them.
By becoming a 4-H Tech Changemaker, you’ll make a difference in your community, expanding your own digital literacy and learning invaluable leadership skills along the way.
The Value of Being a Changemaker
- Community Impact: Learning to assess how and where their digital expertise can best make a difference in local communities.
- Advanced Digital Skills: Developing advanced digital skills that can be applied in the workforce and secondary education.
- Civic Leadership: Leading workshops that help create opportunities for community citizens such as teaching small business owners to better manage and market their businesses.
The 4 Steps It Takes to Start Your Project
Learn what it takes to plan and launch your own Tech Changemakers program.
How to Build Community Partnerships to Make Your Project Successful
Learn how to identify potential partners, and how and when to reach out to them.
How to Create a Digital Skills Workshop
Learn everything you need to do before, during, and after a digital skills workshop.
Explaining Your Project in 30 Seconds
Learn how to create a short script, or elevator pitch, to briefly and clearly explain your Tech Changemakers program.
Sometimes the best way to learn something is to teach it yourself. Get ready to do that with lessons that help you hone your own digital skills in any of these topic areas.
DOWNLOAD THE 4-H TECH CHANGEMAKERS GUIDEBOOK
Get best practices and guidelines for youth/adult partnerships to plan, implement and evaluate programs in your community.
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