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Ohio State University Extension


4-H Youth Cooking Up a New Collaboration

Oct. 9, 2015

A new Ohio 4-H initiative is connecting youth with an OSU Extension Signature program. Adding a Youth Flavor to Extension’s Signature Programs leverages peer education to increase awareness and interest in local foods among Ohio youth through 4-H teen leaders.

A committee of nine 4-H teens, advised by an interdisciplinary team of OSU Extension professionals, crafted five lesson plans about local foods. Next, 25 4-H teens from across Ohio were trained by the committee and equipped with lessons and a supply kit to deliver lessons in their home counties. A second training is planned to engage an additional 25 Ohio 4-H teens as trainers.

Lessons are available for free download at

The project is funded through a 2015 OSU Extension Innovative Grant and the Patricia Kunz Brundige Youth Development Fund for Positive Youth Development.