Capital Challenge brings youth together to propose policy, offer solutions

Engaging young people in democracy is the goal of the 2016 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge. The contest, sponsored by Ohio 4-H, Ohio FFA and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, brings together youths ages 14-18 from around the state to discuss community issues and concerns then work together to propose policies and programs to solve the issues.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 program and are due Jan. 11. Fifty high school students from across the state will be selected to participate. The cost is $30 upon selection. Students will learn how policy is made, where ideas come from and how to take their passion for an issue and make something happen at the government level. Students are divided into teams to identify their team’s issue. Team members first meet March 8 and 9 to work together on a proposal and will give a presentation on it May 14 in Columbus, with the finalists’ presentations taking place July 30 at the Ohio State Fair. The winning teams will receive scholarship money.

Applicants must be in at least the ninth grade and between the ages of 14 and 18 during the 2015-2016 school year. A recommendation by an FFA instructor, Farm Bureau organization director or an OSU Extension educator is required with the application.

Contact Sandy Kuhn, Ohio Farm Bureau director, education and industry outreach at [email protected] or 614-246-8249.

Meet the 2015 Capital Challenge winning teams

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