Ohio Farm Bureau is teaming up with 4-H and FFA on a program that will teach high school students how to take action in the government process.
The Ohio Youth Capital Challenge program will take place Feb. 11-12 in Columbus. A committee will choose 50 high school students from across the state to participate in the new 1 1/2 day-long policy development program that will take place at the Statehouse and their hotel.
“They’ll be learning how the policy development process works, where ideas come from and how to take their passion for an issue and make something happen at the government level,” said Darrell Rubel, OFBF director of learning delivery.
The students will be divided up into teams with a goal of identifying an issue that team members want to work on. They will work together on their proposal and do a presentation at the Ohio State Fair on July 27. The team with the best presentation will receive money to help its project become a reality.
“This puts an emphasis on kids being active locally and coming up with the issues themselves,” Rubel said. “It will teach them collaboration and community involvement. This is a golden opportunity to take their optimism and enthusiasm and teach them about this process early.”
Applicants must be at least 14 years old and in 9th grade during the 2012/2013 school year. Interested students need to fill out an application and have a letter of recommendation from a FFA instructor or Extension educator. The application deadline is Nov. 30 and the cost is $50 upon selection.
“When people talk about making a difference, often they talk about it being down the road. Here’s a chance to make a difference today. Leadership doesn’t start when you reach a magic age….it starts today,” Rubel said.
For more information or to apply, visit http://go.osu.edu/oycc.