4-H youth see Citizenship in Action

NDSU Extension
Farm Forum

Seventy-five North Dakota 4-H’ers received a lesson in citizenship on their recent visit to Bismarck for the ninth annual Citizenship in Action program.

They learned how the North Dakota legislative system works and gained leadership skills.

Activities the youth participated in included workshops on parliamentary procedure, how our perceptions impact our actions and how to set SMART (specific, measurable, agreed-upon, realistic, time-based) goals.

The 4-H’ers also interacted with a community-based scenario game and listened to a panel of state legislators discussing their role as senators and representatives in North Dakota. In addition, North Dakota State University history professor Tom Isern spoke to the youth about the history of farming in North Dakota.

The youth also spent a day at the North Dakota Capitol. They observed committee meetings, toured the Capitol, met with their local representatives and senators, and viewed the Senate or House in session.

“Fly Into Citizenship in Action” was the theme for this year’s 4-H Citizenship in Action program. Following that theme, 4-H’ers placed a paper airplane highlighting the impacts of 4-H in North Dakota on the desk of each legislator.

The NDSU Extension Service’s Center for 4-H Youth Development and the North Dakota 4-H Foundation sponsored the event.

Seventy-five 4-H’ers learn about state government during the 2017 Citizenship in Action program in Bismarck. NDSU photo