Sarah Monique Somma

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Sarah Monique Somma

4-H STEAM Coordinator

Summary

As the 4-H STEAM Coordinator, I plan, develop, implement, and evaluate 4-H STEAM programs.  I write developmentally age-appropriate STEAM curriculum to prepare middle school youth for success in college and the workforce.  Using STEAM topics, students will improve specialized skills and master soft skills needed to excel.  Curriculum and programming may be extended to elementary and high school students when efficiently leverageable but engaging middle school students is my primary focus.  I conduct needs assessments, gap analyses and asset mapping to best meet the needs of the community: by leveraging resources while creating new programming and curriculum to fill gaps.  

My priority demographic focus is reaching youth ages 11-15, first-generation students, ethnic minorities, and limited-English proficient youth and families.  I implement other aspects of the 4-H program including clubs, leader training, managing volunteers, camps, and school events.  I recruit, screen, train, and supervise 4-H program volunteers and student interns.  I facilitiate intra-agency and inter-agency cooperation and work with community partners to further STEAM youth development programs that are inclusive, available to all youth who with to participate, and are based on community needs.  In addition, I assist in the organization of the residential 4-H Camps, and lead the STEAM programming implemented at day Camps.  I am also responsible for obtaining grant funds to implement STEAM programs and other special projects, such as the county fair and other 4-H State events.  

Education

Gunnison High School, Gunnison, CO
Western State University of Colorado
Nova Southeastern University of Florida

Programs

horsing around in lake tahoe during the summer.

4-H Afterschool Program

The 4-H Afterschool Club teaches children basic life skills including math, reading, science, positive communication, goal setting, self-responsibility, decision-making and good nutrition. Youth who have these life skills are less likely to participate in risky behaviors.

campers swiming in lake tahoe

4-H Youth Development | Camp Program

Nevada has been involved in 4-H camping since the first 4-H camp took place on the University of Nevada, Reno campus in 1930. For about 79 years in Nevada, 4-H camping has been a proven and effective method of reaching, teaching and involving youth in leadership skills development. Each year, more than 500 youth participate in 4-H camping programs at Lake Tahoe Nevada 4-H Camp. Other 4-H camping programs take place across the state.

group sing-a-long

Clark County (Las Vegas) 4-H Youth Development

4-H programming in the Las Vegas area.

Courses

I implement and design curriculum to meet the Nevada State Academic Content Standards and align with Next Generation Science Standards.  When applicable, deliver content in varying subjects in schools.  I also develop, implement, and evaluate educator professional development focused on teaching workforce development when or if a needs analysis determines it to be beneficial- and then I scale appropriately to meet those potential needs.  I develop and design curriculum, pilot it, modify it, publish it and evaluate it.  I design the evaluation tools and conduct analysis of the outcomes with guidance and support from the 4-H Youth Development Coordinator along with other University evaluation experts.  I develop educational programming for urban youth utilizing interactive hands on teaching techniques and evidence-based practices.  I complete these tasks in a variety of settings including community centers, juvenile detention facilities, and public housing complexes, with most of my time focused on middle school students in the school setting.

Honors and Awards

In 2013 I received the Star Educator award from the CCEA teachers union for work with students at East Career and Technical academy one of the Nations top magnet schools.  

Service

Work with College park rehabilitation center activities department.  In this role I was a student club advisor facilitating visits and activities with residents to boost stamina and engage high school students in opportunities to give back to the community.  As a Key Club advisor  I worked with high school students to  participate in a wide range of service projects including but not limited to fundraising walks, holiday baskets for families in need, hope closet for disadvantaged students, and environmental clean-up projects throughout the Las Vegas valley.