Ohio Youth Capital Challenge

2021 Youth Capital Challenge applications due Jan. 18

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.


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