TRY kids and teen leaders give a thumbs-up to energy education.

TRY participants give a thumbs-up to energy education.

There are less than five weeks left to apply for the second year of the popular Teens Reaching Youth (TRY) for the Environment program, a teen-led environmental education program offered by VEEP and UVM Extension 4-H.

TRY trains middle- and high-school students to lead a series of simple, hands-on lessons on wind and solar energy for kids in grades K–3, mentored by an adult. It’s a great experience for everyone involved!

Here’s what UVM Extension 4-H has to say about the program:

While we cannot predict all the issues the next generation will confront, we can be certain that among them will be issues related to the environment. Energy issues, specifically, may call for tough choices, and citizens have to understand the issues to be able to make wise choices. By learning about renewable energy and teaching lessons to younger youth, TRY teams will have a direct impact on raising awareness and knowledge about energy issues Vermonters are facing today and in the future!

This program, in partnership with the Vermont Energy Education Program, is your opportunity to make a difference in your community and to be trained to teach hands-on renewable energy activities, mentor younger kids, build your resume and have a blast!

Teams of 2–4 teens with an adult mentor must apply by December 15, 2014, and be selected. Twelve TRY teams from around Vermont will be chosen to attend a free training on January 14, 2015 at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee. Once trained, TRY teams will be expected to teach the program in their communities.


  • Teens are trained to lead 6 separate one-hour renewable energy lessons that are fun, hands-on, and easy to teach!
  • Teams will commit to teaching the entire program to 2 different groups of at least 15 youth.
  • Teams choose who they teach, and where and when they teach. This allows a lot of flexibility in how to fulfill your commitment of teaching two programs.
  • All programs must be concluded by August 1, 2015. Vacation camps, afterschool programs, libraries, in-school, weekends and summer programming are all options!
  • All materials and energy kits will be provided. Everything you need to be successful will be given to you, including ongoing support.

Who can be a TRY team member?

  • Team members must be in grades 7–12.
  • You should have an interest in learning about renewable energy, teaching, and mentoring. It’s okay if you don’t have any knowledge of the issues or know how to teach. We will train you!
  • Your team must be able to commit to teaching the program to two different groups. That’s a 12-hour commitment (plus your preparation time).

Learn more and sign up for the second year of TRY at the UVM Extension website. The deadline to apply is December 15.