Many children will experience the benefits of the YTA program if high school students volunteer to teach the lessons to younger students in the same school district or region. This method of teaching the YTA program has the added benefits of enriching the educational experience of both older and younger students through their interaction. On the one hand, older students, that typically teach the lessons with a partner instructor, experience the rewards of mentoring, giving back to their community, helping their country, and contributing towards their academic success when applying to college. The personal rewards are most obviously experienced when the class celebrates the arrival of the high school student YTA instructors for each lesson, and students excitedly ask about the timing of the next visit upon lesson completion. Younger students greatly admire their high school YTA instructors as individuals that they could be like. Not only does this increase the likelihood of successfully pursuing a career in science and technology, but in this self-renewing model of advancing the mission of Young Thinkers of America, these grammar school students will be the high school student YTA instructors of the future.
We are therefore seeking high school students willing to develop the High School Student YTA Instructor Program in their community. An estimated startup budget for supplying 5 pairs of high school students with the necessary supplies to teach the 10-lesson program is provided in an Excel file below for convenience. Note that many of the items may be readily available at no cost(e.g. tennis balls, hot wheel tracks, tape measure....). This Excel file also provides an estimate of the cost to obtain all equipment and supplies necessary to prepare YTA Trading Cards for the student YTA Instructors teaching the program. This estimate includes the cost of a laser jet printer and enough printer ink cartridges to print the 1200 trading cards required to provide the YTA program to 100 3rd-6th grade students with 5 YTA Instructor pairs.
If you or your school/community organization are interested in starting a High School Student YTA Instructor Program, or you just want to hear more about this effort, please contact YTA's founder at firstname.lastname@example.org.