4-H CARTEENS is a traffic safety program conducted by 4-H teen leaders and their program partners for juvenile traffic offenders. 4-H CARTEENS goals include:
- reducing the number of repeat juvenile traffic offenders,
- decreasing the number of teen traffic offenders, and
- increasing teen awareness of traffic/vehicular safety.
4-H CARTEENS Background
Ohio State University faculty and staff located in county Extension offices recruit and engage adult volunteers and teen leaders who provide leadership to educational programs for youth in local communities. Over the years, county needs assessments conducted by OSU Extension have repeatedly identified teen vehicular safety as a priority need in Ohio’s communities.
The 4-H CARTEENS vehicular safety initiative was developed in response to this need. The original CARTEENS Program began in Brown County, Ohio in 1987. The local 4-H educator, volunteer teen leaders, the juvenile probate court, and the Ohio Highway Patrol all collaborated to develop the program. Since 1987, the 4-H CARTEENS program has expanded throughout Ohio and to several other states across the nation.
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The "Car" in CARTEENS stands for "Caution and Responsibility", and "Teens" refers to the teenagers who help prepare and present the program. In the CARTEENS program, 4-H teen leaders teach traffic education safety programs to first-time teen traffic offenders, while also building offenders' self-esteem and interpersonal skills.
Are you between the ages of 15 and 18? Would you like to save a friend's life? Do you have three to four hours a month to help your friends become better drivers? If you answered "yes" to one of these questions, then you have the time and interest to become a CARTEENS Volunteer. Click here to download the application.
CARTEENS sessions are held each month at 5:00 p.m., at the Juvenile Court Building, 2100 Greeneway Blvd, Xenia, OH, excluding July and December.
The CARTEENS Program is conducted by the 4-H Program Assistant of the Ohio State University Extension, Greene County. If you have questions or would like information on this educational effort, please contact the Extension Office at 937-372-9971.