Teens Helping Teens
Secure a Healthy Future

Leadership Program launching fall 2018

Teens Helping Teens Secure A Healthy Future is a health and nutrition advocacy program that teaches teens about nutrition and provides them with tools to teach other teens.


Through leadership, inspirational training and with a focus on CA Specialty Crops, teens will learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits. Teens will also learn business skills such as public speaking and leadership skills to effect positive change in the behavior of people they reach out too.


Work in teams to develop a marketing plan that will resonate with other teens (who they have trained) and the public to increase the amount of CA Specialty Crops (fruits and vegetables, etc.) they include in their diets each day.


Using graphics, video, social media skills and public outreach strategies, teens will create memorable messages and images to effectively convey their program’s message.


Using what the teens have learned in the previous steps — teams will do outreach programs at various locations (schools, church, grocery stores) to motivate others as well as get hands-on experience to see what a difference they have made.

Apply if you are:

  • A high school Junior or Senior or a teen aged 12 – 18
  • Located in the San Francisco Bay Area or Placer or Yuba Counties

We are looking for 50 Junior or Senior High School achievers to take the hands-on training and work closely with youths aged 12 – 18.   You will be our first Founding Teen Trainers (FTTs) and spread knowledge to your peers across California.

Founding-Teen-Trainer Benefits

FTT’s Earn a Completion Business Certification from KGS

  • Learn healthy habits by acquiring knowledge about California Specialty crops.
  • Build personal confidence.
  • Gain useful real-life business, interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Develop business skill-sets that you can take with you to College or even your job.
  • Create strategies to communicate knowledge to your peers.
  • Receive a stipend after each objective is completed and signed-off (FTT’s ONLY).


This project addresses the priority to improve the knowledge and understanding of specialty crop agriculture and its beneficial importance to health and well-being. To increase consumption of specialty crops among youth aged 12 to 18 (15 percent of California’s population), this project will develop a participatory, interactive, peer-to-peer education program that will be used by California volunteers, schools, and community programs.


Kids Growing Strong is a non-profit organization that provides resources and support to empower families, caregivers and community leaders to help youth connect with their environment and lead informed and healthy lives. Through garden-based learning, KGS focuses on three educational pillars: Health & Nutrition, Personal & Social Growth, and Science Education.


This program is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through Grant 16-SCBGP-CA-0035. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.