Want to improve the life of an area teen? You could be a CITIZEN U Visiting Professor

Do you work in government, community development, agriculture, horticulture, energy, or food production?  Are you interested in addressing community hunger?  Do you have technology, computer, engineering, theater,  or video editing skills?  Do you want to be part of an exciting new program in Broome County?

CITIZEN U is looking for Visiting Professors. These are not necessarily college employees, but are members of the community who have expertise in education, human services, business, technology, or the arts and are willing to share their experience and knowledge on topics aligned with the CITIZEN U teens’ interests and future career goals.  The CITIZEN U teens build leadership, community development, workforce, and job readiness skills.

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Signature Program, CITIZEN U, is hosting an information session and reception for potential visiting professors on Monday, January 30, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Broome County Public Library, 185 Court Street, Binghamton. Refreshments will be served.

For further information or to RSVP, contact Vicki Giarratano at (607) 222-8628.

“CITIZEN U” stands for “CITIZEN YOU” and is a metaphor for creating a “University” environment in which young people are empowered to become active citizens and community change agents. At CITIZEN U, teens participate in weekly afterschool “seminars”, taught by community partners and “visiting professors” from Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and other community agencies and organizations. Teens learn how to implement community improvement projects that they design. Teens choose a CITIZEN U “major” and “enroll in courses” focused on food security, climate change, sustainable energy, prevention of childhood obesity, and other important community issues. During summers, CITIZEN U teens are employed for six to eight weeks as they conduct community improvement projects planned during the school year.

Here are the schools at CITIZEN U:
School of Business & Entrepreneurship
School of Community Development
School of Environmental Studies
School of Food & Nutrition
School of Performing Arts
School of Technology & Media Arts

CITIZEN U is part of the Children, Youth and Families At-Risk (CYFAR) Program, Sustainable Community Projects and is supported by Smith Lever funds from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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2 Responses to Want to improve the life of an area teen? You could be a CITIZEN U Visiting Professor

  1. Rebecca says:

    Sounds like a great program. Interested in how I can get involved. I am a former early elementary teacher, now a stay-at-home mom. Healthy cooking is a passion of mine.
    Thank you, ~Rebecca

    • Rebecca,

      If you are in the Broome County, New York, area, contact Vicki Giarratano at the local Cornell Cooperative Extension office at (607) 222-8628 for specific questions about the CITIZEN U program. You can also let her know that you would like to attend the informational meeting on Monday, January 30, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Broome County Public Library, 185 Court Street, in Binghamton.

      The CITZEN U program is also available in the Rochester, New York, area. I assume it will be expanded to other areas if is successful in these two.

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