Pennsylvania teens to participate in 50th annual 4-H Capital Days

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- At a time when it is increasingly important for the younger generation to be more aware of the political process, teens from across Pennsylvania will take the initiative to learn more about their government during 4-H Capital Days, March 29-31 in Harrisburg, Pa.

One of the pivotal events in the 4-H annual calendar, Capital Days is an opportunity for nearly 100 4-H members to meet and talk with legislators and others in government and agriculture.

"This is a government-education weekend for teens 14-18 years old," said Amy Gregor, 4-H program coordinator for Penn State Extension. "The students will have an opportunity to visit various facilities of state government, develop an appreciation for Pennsylvania's heritage and educate government officials about the 4-H program.

"The 4-Hers also will participate in a mock legislative session to gain a fuller understanding of the legislative process."

Too many young Americans are not being inspired to be informed citizens, Gregor noted. "Most young people do not seek out information on government or politics, and as a result, informed voter participation is declining. Our goal is to help reverse these national trends," she said.

"We hope that our youth will learn that they, too, have a voice in state and local government and that they can be advocates for causes that are important to them and the community the live in."

A banquet during the event will feature a keynote address by a former 4-H'er, Zachary Swartz, an associate with McDermott Will and Emery LLP. The 4-H'ers also will host a legislative brunch, where they will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with about 50 of their legislators and tell their 4-H stories.

For information about the program, contact Gregor at 814-863-7872 or by email at ads3@psu.edu. More information on 4-H Capital Days can be found at the website.

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Last Updated March 25, 2014