4-H Capitol Experience
March 22-25, 2015
Preparing for Active Citizenship
4-H Capitol Experience is an annual 4-day conference that focuses on civic engagement and public policy. Up to 100 teens from around the state converge on Lansing, Michigan to experience state government in action and learn how they can influence policy issues. Participants interact with legislators, state agency staff, lobbyists and other resource people to learn how policy is made. Attendees will:
- Understand the responsibilities of a citizen
- Explore different aspects of a policy issue that may affect individuals and communities
- Explore various careers in public policy
- Attend bill writing session
- Have an in-depth meeting with someone in (or involved with) state government
If you want to see more, you can check out this video
Simulations and activities are incorporated to reinforce and apply what is learned about government. Teens leave the conference with the charge to share what they have learned and get involved with other leadership and civic engagement activities in their communities!
Learn more by reviewing the one-page 2014 Impact Summary.
A letter for your school is available for the days at the event.
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Scholarships for up to half the participant cost ($155.00) are not yet available. To qualify, a completed application must be sent to the State office as outlined on the scholarship application.
About the 2015 Conference
When and where: 3 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2015 to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2014. Tours and agency visits will take place at the State Capitol and surrounding area.
Who should attend: High school students at least 14 years old and adult participant-chaperones. All participants must have pictured identification.
Cost: $310 4-H members, $320 non 4-H members. Includes all meals, lodging and material fees. Counties will be billed after the event.
Registration deadlines: Registrations are due in the county offices by February 2015. Registrations are due in the State 4-H Office by February 2015.
Registration Link: http://events.anr.msu.edu/4hcapex/
Cancellation policy: Once selected by the State 4-H Office to attend, the cancellation policy is as follows:
- Up to February 2015: Conference fees fully refundable minus $30 handling fee.
- After February 2015, 2014: No refunds after this date.
Application process: Participants who have attended in previous years will be considered based on space available. Space is limited to 100 teen and adult chaperone-participants. Each teen or adult participant-chaperone will need to apply online. Contact your county MSU Extension office for more details.
Pre-conference activities: Participants complete a pre-conference activity to learn about citizenship at the local level. Examples include attending a local government meeting, interviewing the director or staff member of a non-profit organization or researching a local issue. All selected participants should write a letter to their representative and senator indicating their interest in meeting them at the conference. Visit Pre-conference activities for more activity ideas.
Post-conference activities, news releases & photographs: Participants should return to their county 4-H program and get involved with local public policy issues. Examples include giving an educational presentation on the conference to 4-H clubs, researching a local issue and presenting it to the county commissioners, city councils or township boards or participating in a service project. Participants should work with their county delegation to carry out a local project. Visit Post-conference activities to find activities and resources to help clubs and groups learn more about the political process.
A Web link to a post-event news release and county delegation photograph of participants and their legislator(s) will be e-mailed to counties for distribution to local media following the event.
To Find Out More About Michigan’s Capitol
You can visit a variety of Michigan government and institutional sites to learn more about Michigan, the state’s history and society:
- List of representatives and district maps: http://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/
- Michigan Senate’s Find Your Senator: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/fysenator/fysenator.htm
- Michigan Legislature: http://www.michiganlegislature.org
- Michigan.gov-The Official State of Michigan Web Site: http://www.michigan.gov/
For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or: