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Youths invited to learn about policy development

Exceptional community citizenship is one of the values that makes Ohio FFA, 4-H and Ohio Farm Bureau successful organizations. Ohio Farm Bureau is continuing its partnership with 4-H and FFA on the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge program that will teach high school students how to take action in the government process.

Through Jan. 5, 2017, Ohio Farm Bureau is soliciting nominees for the program.

Youth participants must:

-Be in at least the ninth grade and between the ages of 14 and 18 during the 2016-2017 school year.
-Have shown a concern for local community issues and a desire to be more involved.
-Be able to secure transportation to Columbus for training March 15-16, May 15 and if a finalist, July 29.

Nominating teachers, Extension agents and Farm Bureau members are NOT obligated to attend or participate in this program beyond submitting the nominee contact information.

Forty high school students from across the state will be selected to participate in the policy development program that will take place at the Statehouse. The students will be divided up into teams with a goal of identifying an issue that team members want to work on. over a four month period.

Phase 1: Delegates will stay overnight and learn about government process, how to make a difference and building teams. They will interact with state leaders at a legislative breakfast and begin work on a local plan.

Phase 2: Independently work with teams and mentors on a local, community issue during the year. Teams will develop a presentation on their topic.

Phase 3: Preliminary competition May 15

Phase 4: Finals during the Ohio State Fair.

 

Tentative Schedule

March 15, 2017

5 p.m. Hotel registration

6 p.m. Welcome and Etiquette Dinner

8 p.m. Problem Solving with Public Policy

9 p.m. Teambuilding

10 p.m. Reflections

11 p.m. Lights out

 

March 16, 2017

8 a.m. Breakfast with Legislators

10 a.m. Tour of the Statehouse and Lunch

12 noon Challege Work with Team

3 p.m. Wrap-up

4 p.m. Safe trip home

 

The nomination deadline is Jan. 5, and the cost is $30 upon selection.

Nominate a youth for Ohio Youth Capital Challenge.

See past winners.

More information.

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Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.