Ohio Youth Capital Challenge

The Ohio Youth Capital Challenge is for youths who want to learn more about government and public policy and make a difference in their community.

Participants learn how to identify local issues, create solutions and follow the process through state government. Youth from 4-H, FFA and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation work in teams, with support from college-age mentors. In 2021 they’ll participate in a series of online modules with topics designed to help them have a hands-on advocacy experience. Each team will present their solutions for the opportunity to receive a scholarship.

Eligibility

Youths who are in at least ninth grade and between the ages of 14-18 during the 2020-21 school year are invited to apply or can be nominated by their teacher. Applications will remain open until Jan. 18, 2021. Apply or nominate a student today.

New this year

College students are invited to apply to serve as mentors to OYCC teens. They’ll guide students via Zoom as they analyze issues and create solutions to community problems. Upon successful completion of the program, mentors are eligible for a $500 scholarship. Learn more and apply by Jan 18, 2021.

Online extras

Read about the 2020 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge

Meet the 2020 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge winners

Having opportunities to attend leadership institutes, advocate for rural Ohioans on the state and national level, facilitate young ag professionals events, and serve in a variety of leadership positions have helped my skills grow exponentially.
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Sara Tallmadge

Ashland County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
Labor has always been an issue, mainly because we are a seasonal operation. So that's a challenge finding somebody who only wants to work three months out of a year, sometimes up to six months.
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Mandy Way

Way Farms

Business Solutions
If it wasn't for Farm Bureau, I personally, along with many others, would not have had the opportunity to meet with our representatives face to face in Washington.
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
I was gifted the great opportunity through an Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Youth Pathways grant to run a series of summer camps here. That really expanded my vision of what ‘grow, maintain, sustain and explain’ could actually be.
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Jim Bruner

Mezzacello Urban Farms

Farming for Good
I see the value and need to be engaged in the community I live in, to be a part of the decision-making process and to volunteer with organizations that help make our community better.
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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

Leadership development
So many of the issues that OFBF and its members are advocating for are important to all Ohioans. I look at OFBF as an agricultural watchdog advocating for farmers and rural communities across Ohio.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

Advocacy
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