Teens have a chance to become HEROES

Teens with an interest in mental health and wellbeing may apply to become a teen health and wellness ambassador.

The University of Vermont Extension 4–H Health HEROES (health education resources for outreach, engagement and service) program will provide free training for 20 Vermont teens, ages 14-18, to help them promote healthy living in their community. Among the topics to be covered are the importance of food and nourishment, physical movement, stress management, sleep and rest, relationships, school-life balance and self-compassion.

Applications will be accepted until Sept. 9 with notification of acceptance by Sept. 13. Enrollment in 4-H is not required.

Ambassadors must be available to attend in-person training sessions on Sept. 24 and Oct. 15. These will take place from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Living Well at the Dudley H. Davis Center on the University of Vermont campus in Burlington.

During these sessions, participants will learn and practice mindfulness techniques, different forms of movement and motivational interviewing, as well as learn to make nutritious snacks, with the end goal being the creation of a customized program to deliver to groups in their community. Guest speakers include staff from University of Vermont’s integrative health and wellness coaching and its mindfulness programs.

For more information, contact University of Vermont Extension 4-H educator Margaret Coan. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please contact her by Sept. 2.