Registration Open for Iowa 4-H Mindful Teen Program Facilitator Training

December 3, 2020, 11:12 am | Tiffany Berkenes

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development is offering a virtual facilitator training for the new workshop series, Mindful Teen: From Surviving to Thriving in a Busy World. The training will be Feb. 26, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom.

mindful teen.The workshop series is based on the book, “The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time,” by Dr. Dzung Vo, an adolescent medicine specialist and clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia. The facilitator training is designed to support teens in seventh through 12th grades with their mental health and well-being and is open to ISU Extension and Outreach staff, 4-H professionals, current or potential volunteers, and school and community partners interested in implementing the program.

A recent survey administered by the National 4-H Council found that 64% of teens believe that COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on their generation’s mental health. The survey showed that even before COVID-19, 81% of teens viewed mental health as a significant issue for youth; 82% are calling on America to talk more openly and honestly about mental health.

Iowa 4-H Youth Development staff developed the program as a new and innovative way to meet the needs and interests of adolescents and communities. In addition, The Mindful Teen program supports the Iowa Department of Education and Society of Health and Physical Educators America standards.  

Topics the participants of the Mindful Teen facilitator training will learn about include an introduction to mindfulness, supporting evidence and benefits of mindfulness, trauma-informed mindfulness, principles for communication, working with adolescents and resistance, mindful practices, and an overview of the in-person and virtual Mindful Teen program delivery.

Tiffany Berkenes, 4-H youth program specialist, said, “During this difficult time, we are grateful to be able to provide youth with opportunities to learn healthy coping strategies and tools they can practice and apply in their current life and as future adults, as well as give them some social connection.”

Research shows that daily mindful practice can have a significant positive impact on a person’s overall well-being – including mental health, physical health, relationships, and performance in school, work, sports and the arts. Iowa 4-H hopes to expand The Mindful Teen workshop series across the state with a variety of audiences and partners.

4-H mindfulness programming is being supported in part by the Iowa 4-H Foundation and an Excellence in Extension innovative program grant. For additional details about the training or program and registration, please visit the registration website or contact Tiffany Berkenes at

For more information on the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program, please contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office or visit the Iowa 4-H website at

Photo caption: The facilitator training is designed to support teens in seventh through 12th grades with their mental health and well-being.

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