Public policy, fellowship and interaction with state representatives were all part of a two-day session for 2019 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge participants.
The session included 37 students age 14-18 and their mentors who gathered March 5-6 in Columbus to discuss agricultural issues and policy as part of the annual program, which is a collaboration among Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio FFA and Ohio State University Extension. The interactive education program engages youths in the civic life of their community. The students team up in groups to identify issues and problems facing their community. After researching a specific topic, they develop a public policy plan to propose to appropriate government leaders.
The next step in the program is to independently work with team members and mentors on their chosen policy issue, and May 18, each of the 12 groups will present its policy proposal, with four teams being chosen to compete in the finals during the Ohio State Fair.