4-H Members Attend Capital Days in Harrisburg

Posted: June 16, 2015

4-H Capital Days is designed to engage 4-H’ers in the political process and prepare them to become active and engaged citizens of Pennsylvania.

Attending from Washington County were: Front row: Anna Schmitt, Cecil 4-H, Pamela Paletta, 4-H Educator, Kayla Polasky, 4-Leaf, Back row: Mary Fidler, West Alexander Ag, Representative Brandon Neuman, District 48, Wendy Janusey, Ten Mile 4-H, Nicholas Glover, 4-Leaf 4-H club.

Youth learn about governmental issues and the political process; how to advocate and speak out about issues in their communities; and gain valuable leadership and citizenship skills.

Delegates participated in workshops on parliamentary procedure, party roles and affiliations, advocacy, etiquette, and community service. They also learned how to read and debate a bill and participated in a mock legislative session. Each year, bills that are currently under debate in the General Assembly are chosen.

Delegates also toured the Capitol and had their photograph taken on the rotunda steps. The delegates then visited the State Museum of Pennsylvania, where they explored the various exhibits and displays. During dinner that evening, state Rep. Judith Ward spoke to the delegates about career opportunities in government and how their experiences in 4-H can prepare them to become involved in their communities and government now and in the future.

The last day began with remarks from state Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. Afterward the 4-H’ers hosted a brunch for their state legislators. During the brunch, delegates talked with their legislators one-on-one and related their 4-H experiences.

Administered in Pennsylvania by Penn State Extension, 4-H is a non-formal educational youth-development program of the national Cooperative Extension System that helps young people develop knowledge and skills to become capable, caring and contributing citizens.

Local youth were among 77 4-H’ers from 32 counties across the state who met in Harrisburg recently for the annual Pennsylvania 4-H Capital Days program. Capital Days is a citizenship-awareness and civic-engagement educational program held by Pennsylvania 4-H.