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 2020 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 2020 Challenge. Delegates will travel to an all-expense paid advocacy training March 2-3 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 will come together again in Columbus May 16, 2020 to present their proposed policy. Finalist teams will be invited to compete at the Ohio State Fair July 31 for scholarship dollars..
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 2019-2020 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 Nov. 11, 2019.
Delegate applications must be received by Dec. 15, 2019.