In March, first-year 4-H Capitol Experience participant Josiah Bear was amongst the 70 highschool teens that descended upon Michigan’s capitolin order to learn about state government and the importance of their voice in state policy.
Youth spent four days learning with their peers in topic-focused issue groups including: agriculture; crime, drugs, and personal safety; education; equality and personal rights; health; and jobs and the economy.
Youth worked in groups to develop mock bills related to their issue that they followed through all stages of state government using a legislative simulation. Concurrently, youth met with staff representing state and community agencies, lobbyists, and legislative aides that work in areas related to their issue groups. Participants also had a chance to observe the house and senate in session and meet in person with their local senators and representatives.