Running a 4‑H Tech Changemakers Program
4‑H and Microsoft are making it easy for communities to create a 4‑H Tech Changemakers program with the 4‑H Tech Changemakers Guidebook. The guidebook offers best practices and guidelines for youth/adult partnerships to plan, implement and evaluate a Tech Changemakers program in local communities.
The guidebook will help those seeking to implement the program learn:
- What to consider before starting a Tech Changemakers program, including recommendations on research and learning experiences to help prepare your group for project planning.
- Best practices on topics like project management, program promotion and mentoring.
- Lesson plans to fit your community’s needs, covering skills like communication, information literacy, netiquette, privacy, social media and more.
- How to create an action plan framework to help you get the Tech Changemakers program started.
The Value of Being a 4‑H Tech Changemaker
- Why digital skills and access to broadband are critical in the modern economy.
- How you can encourage people to improve their digital skills.
- A research-backed solution that is as unique as your community through localized digital skills training sessions.
- School, government, media and local business leaders to your project’s work.
- With people in your community by facilitating in-person events.
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4‑H Tech Changemakers in Action
The 4‑H Tech Changemakers program has inspired teens in 91 communities across 15 states to do good in their communities. Check out the gallery below to 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.
Mecklenburg, VA 4‑H Tech Changemakers work with students in an after-school program to complete an online coding activity.
Greenbay, WI 4‑H Tech Changemakers held a STEM fair for middle schoolers where teens introduced them to different technologies.
4‑H Tech Changemakers from across the country met with legislators and their staff in Washington, DC.
Quincy, WA 4‑H Tech Changemakers showcase their work at a local technology fair.
Wayne, MI 4‑H Tech Changemakers plan for the launch of their new website.
Washtenaw, MI 4‑H Tech Changemakers presenting at a conference with one of their local partners, Helping Hands.
Murray, GA 4‑H Tech Changemakers leading adults through training on their mobile phones.
Alpena, MI meet at the local coffee shop they have partnered with to plan the next phase of their local project.
Cass, ND 4‑H Tech Changemaker teens leading a day camp for younger youth where they taught coding.
2017 Contest Winners
In 2017, 4‑H and Microsoft ran a Tech Changemakers contest asking teens to share how they’ve impacted their communities through technology innovations. Check out the Tech Changemaker contest winners below.
Grand Prize Winner
Helping Hands - Joseph Huff, Utah
While volunteering for 4‑H, I met a little boy without a hand. That boy changed my life. My mentor offered to print the boy a hand. I got to help and see the process. It dawned on me that many children who need prosthetic hands...
Jackson Area Robotics - Benjamin McCarver, Tennessee
I love STEM, but in our town there are not a lot of opportunities for students like me. I tried for years to get involved in things, but it always cost too much for my family or it was very basic introductions that did not...
Kids in STEM - Emily Rolfes, South Dakota
When you say rural South Dakota, people think Midwest, agriculture, sports; people don’t think innovation in STEM. Growing up in rural South Dakota farm town, people talk about the weather, how the local sports team is doing, how crops/livestock are doing, but they don’t talk...