Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Teen Citizenship

Citizenship North Carolina Focus

June 11-13, 2012, Raleigh, NC

Who:           100-170 North Carolina 4-H youth, ages 14-19, and appropriate adult partners, selected by application. Recruiting at least 2 per county – new or returning youth.

What:           Dynamic learning focused on civic engagement and understanding government

When:  Monday June 11 – Wednesday June 13, 2012

Where:          Sheraton Downtown; Legislative Offices; Raleigh, NC

Why:           To inspire engaged citizenship and continued volunteerism among NC youth


  • Encourage the development of expanded leadership and citizenship in current NC 4-H teen leaders;
  • Promote increased understanding of NC’s state government, including the executive, legislative, and judicial branches;
  • Demonstrate collaboration between the government, for-profit, and not-for-profit sectors in NC;
  • Develop marketing and public relation skills in NC Teen 4-H leaders as vocal positive advocates for NC 4-H Youth Development; and
  • Demonstrate the power of youth in governance through the planning, implementation and accountability of a personal citizenship initiative by each 4-H CNCF delegate.
Now What Is This All About?
Hands-on workshops, panel discussions, distinguished speakers, and open discussion will help you discover how government impacts your everyday life, and how you can impact government in return.  You will learn about state government, learn about working with public officials, hear from prominent North Carolina officials, and visit legislators. 

Before the conference, you will gather key information about youth issues, local government, and community needs in your county.  At the conference, you’ll put this information together with your new knowledge to create a community-based citizenship action plan to implement after you return home.

Participants are expected to:
·       Be at least 14 years old as of January 1, 2012
·       Demonstrate interest in citizen involvement and/or local issues
·       Have experience and/or interest in speaking before groups of peers
·       Take a leadership role in their communities
·       Wear business attire during most of the 3 day conference
·       Attend the entire event on June 11 to the afternoon of June 13.
·       Gather key info about local issues and government prior to arrival
·       Create and implement a local citizenship action plan as a result of this conference

What Does It Cost?
Registration fees are $150.00 per person (youth and adult), including 2 nights lodging and meals during the conference.  (Donors and other funding sources cover the remaining cost.)  Talk with your local 4-H professional to see if further sponsorship is available from your county or other organizations.  Transportation is the responsibility of participants and/or participating counties.
How Do I Register?
Registrations must be submitted to the county 4-H office by Friday, April 27