Last year's Capitol Challenge participants learning about policy development.

Students invited to learn more about political process through Capitol Challenge

Ohio Farm Bureau is teaming up with 4-H and FFA for the second year on a program that will teach high school students how to take action in the government process.

The Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge program will take place Feb. 18-19 in Columbus. Forty high school students from across the state will be chosen to participate in the 1 ½ day-long policy development program.

Participants will learn how the policy development process works, how to generate ideas for problems to be solved and how to take their passion for an issue and make something happen at the governmental level.

The students will be divided into teams with a goal of identifying an issue that team members want to address. They will work together on their proposal and present it at the Ohio State Fair July 26. The team with the best presentation will receive money to help its project become a reality.

Applicants must be at least 14 years old and in 9th grade during the 2013/2014 school year. Interested students need to fill out an application and have a letter of recommendation from a FFA instructor, Extension educator, Farm Bureau organization director or Farm Bureau county president. The application deadline is Dec. 30 and the cost is $25 upon selection.

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Read more about last year’s Capitol Challenge and the winning teams.