Ohio Youth Capital Challenge

The Ohio Youth Capital Challenge (OYCC) began in the mid-2000s as a partnership between Ohio 4-H, Ohio FFA and Ohio Farm Bureau, with the goal of introducing youth to advocacy, citizenship and public policy. Over the past 10 years, more than 400 high school students have participated in the program, working in teams to research a local community issue, work with mentors and share their solutions in a public format. Teams also have the opportunity to travel to the Ohio Statehouse to meet with legislators and aides to better understand the conception, development, and implementation of public policies.

2022 program details

The program will be held virtually and in person, with a new curriculum releasing bi-weekly through the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge Google Classroom. Delegates will be assigned a team where they will be tasked with developing public policy proposals and presentations for public hearing. Independent work over the four-month period is expected as teams work with mentors to prepare their policies and presentations. The presentations also will likely have both virtual and in-person options.

Apply by Dec. 17, 2021.

Mentor opportunities

Ohio Youth Capital Challenge is seeking dynamic, motivated college students with an interest in public policy to serve as mentors to youth delegates. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 8, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Ohio Leadership Camp

Ohio Farm Bureau partners with Ohio FFA to offer Farm Bureau youth a great leadership experience at the Ohio’s Leadership Conference (OLC) held at Camp Muskingum. Ohio Leadership Camp offers specialized and advanced programming delivered by the National FFA as an Advanced Leadership Development Conference-360 Influence Conference. The conference focuses on the development of the individual student. Students will be challenged to push the limits in their leadership.

June 24-27, 2022

ExploreAg

ExploreAg introduces high school students to various careers in science, engineering, and technology in the food and fiber industry and engages them in actively pursuing career paths that can help them become a part of the sustainable future of agriculture. ExploreAg is open to students from varied backgrounds, with diverse skills and interests, and provides them with an opportunity to explore and understand available career paths in the agriculture and food industries. Our goal is that student’s time at ExploreAg will lead them to discover a passion they may not have considered yet.

Ohio State Fair Interns and Ambassadors

Be a part of the Ohio Farm Bureau Land and Living exhibit at the Ohio State Fair while gaining leadership experience and making life-long friends. Connect fairgoers to Ohio agriculture through highly interactive exhibits and messaging, provide agricultural education activities the whole family can enjoy, educate how to care for animals on the farm, inform fairgoers how science and technology are helping farmers produce safe food while enhancing our environmental resources, provide information on how scientists are researching solutions to the biggest food and farming challenges and illustrate how young people can have careers in agriculture.

Ohio State Fair interns assist in hiring and providing direction to State Fair ambassadors. Interns are responsible for planning, executing, and staffing the exhibit. This program provides the opportunity to interact with many leaders in Ohio agriculture and Ohio government.

This is a paid internship for college sophomores or above, and is part-time March through mid-May and full-time late May through mid-August in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio State Fair Ambassadors assist Ohio Farm Bureau in staffing interactive exhibits and educating fairgoers. The program provides the opportunity to interact with many leaders in Ohio agriculture and Ohio government.  This is a paid position, mid-July through mid-August at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

Ohio State Jr. Fair Board

The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board is made up of our great state’s best and brightest young leaders, hand-picked to contribute to the success of the Ohio State Fair each year. Selected to represent their respective youth organizations, these students serve on behalf of thousands of students across Ohio. As ambassadors for Ohio Farm Bureau, students are able to share their experiences and emphasize the value of the Junior Fair with patrons throughout the 12 days of the Fair.