Agriculture Education for High School students

With the shrinking number of formal agricultural programs being offered to high school youth, students who have a desire to learn about agriculture and what it means to them are lacking opportunities to explore their interests. How can we ensure that youth who are considering a future in agriculture have the opportunity to pursue their interest and connect with other young people with similar goals?
Our team of professionals from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H program is working to address this very need. Backed by the Dean of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, we are creating a program to provide agricultural education and leadership experiences to Maine youth ages 14-18. Youth involved in this program will have opportunities to pursue their interest in agriculture and explore career pathways. This includes mentoring in post-secondary opportunities, as well as sparking a passion to investigate and explore current issues around food systems, livestock, crop sciences, aquaculture, climate issues impacting food systems, social justice around food equity, and more.
As a leader in Maine agriculture, we want to hear your thoughts on how we can address this need. We ask that you please take time to complete a brief survey<> so that we can gather as much information as possible about how to best serve Maine youth.
If you are interested in learning more about this project, please reach out to our team.
Thank you for your time,
Maine 4-H Agricultural Ambassadors Team