Through 4-H Mindful Mechanics, teens are encouraged to build positive relationships by expressing care, concern, and gratitude for others, build beliefs in themselves, practice self-discipline, self-control, and self-reflection, and serve others.

For Teachers


Collaborating with Illinois 4-H is an extraordinary partnership that seamlessly weaves together experiential learning, positive youth development, and research-based programming. This partnership introduces you to a realm where learning standards spring to life, and students are equipped with skills that extend far beyond the classroom.  Our programs provide the resources to cultivate an environment where students flourish. For in-depth program details and training inquiries, we're here to assist you.

Key Concepts

  • Healthy Living
  • Leadership

For Youth Grades Youth in grades 9 - 12

The overall program aims to promote mindful practices that lead to improvements in managing one’s own goals, developing a sense of self, time management, stress management, emotional regulation, and mindful eating practices.

4-H Mindful Mechanics can also serve as training for teens that would like to lead lessons from the companion curriculum, Mindful Me, through a ‘teens as teachers’ (TAT) approach.  Mindful Me curriculum uses children’s literature and best practices in positive youth development to deliver programming to 5-8-year olds.


The curriculum can be implemented in various program settings, such as after-school programs, clubs, camps, and community-based sites.