Seven and a half hours. Would you drive this long to learn about the government? 4-H members from Menominee County changed time zones to attend a recent 4-H citizenship event.
96 participants of 4-H Capitol Experience traveled to Lansing to take an active role in governmental issues. The event took place March 22-25.
Topics of interest this year included agriculture; crime, drugs and personal safety; education; environment and energy; equality and personal rights; health; and jobs and the economy.
Andrew Walker, sophomore at James Madison College majoring in political theory and constitutional democracy, worked to help coordinate the program. He said: “I am a Public Policy Program Assistant for the Michigan 4-H and was in charge of setting up meetings with (more than) 45 different resource people from community agencies, state agencies, lobbyists and legislative aides, as well as other career mentoring individuals. These individuals work closely with state government and public policy.”
An additional activity of Capitol Experience was an interactive simulation of legislation processes. Participants each played an important role in writing bills based on one of the seven topics of interest.
Another highlight of the conference was small trips in the Lansing area to talk to professionals about their areas of interest.