Exceptional community citizenship is one of the values that makes FFA, 4-H and Farm Bureau such successful organizations. These groups are partnering again for the 2019 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge, giving teens the chance to get involved and have a hands-on experience that will enable them to make their communities a better place.
Up to 40 delegates will be selected for the 2019 Challenge. Delegates will travel to an all-expense paid advocacy training in Columbus for Phase One of the challenge and meet with Ohio legislators. Delegates will work in their assigned delegate teams during the following months to develop a public policy issue and proposed solution and prepare a presentation for public hearing. Delegate teams then will come together in Columbus in early spring 2019 to present their proposed policy. Finalist teams will be invited to compete at the Ohio State Fair for scholarship dollars in late summer 2019.
Who can be nominated or apply?
Delegates must be in at least the ninth grade and between the ages of 14 and 18 during the 2018-2019 school year. Delegates are expected to have concern for local community issues and a desire to be more involved in advocating for their community. Cost to youth is $30 upon selection as a delegate. Students can be nominated by county Farm Bureau boards of trustees, or local teachers, or students can self-nominate.
Delegate nominations must be received by Oct. 26, 2018.
Delegate applications must be received by Nov. 30, 2018.
Photo caption: 2018 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge participants