With Nevada’s 81st legislative session in full swing, there’s no better time for young people in Nevada to learn about the legislative process. Throughout April, Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program will offer a six-session series of workshops called 4-H Citizenship, Nevada Focus, which will focus on teaching youth the role that they can play in shaping policy and shaping the future.
“The goal of the 4-H Extension Youth Development Program is to teach young people the power they have to impact the world around them,” said Sarah Chvilicek, 4-H Program Director. . “We want them to leave knowing how to make an impact.”
This program provides hands-on learning to help young people understand the process of developing effective policies at all levels. By the end of the series, participants will be equipped to communicate their political interests, track bills, and defend or oppose bills of interest. Throughout the series, young people will also have the opportunity to connect with key legislators, policy makers and stakeholders.
The six-course series is free and open to Nevada youth ages 12-18. Classes will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from April 5 to 21 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. via Zoom. The program concludes with a closing ceremony on June 15. Registration for the series is open until March 31. Youth can register by logging in or creating an account on 4-H Online. For questions about registration, contact State 4-H Youth Development Director Carrie Stark. For questions about the program, email Chvilicek or Mallory Levins, 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator.
The 4-H program is the largest youth development organization in America and is based on providing experiences where young people learn by doing. The research-backed 4-H experience grows youth who are four times more likely to contribute to their community, twice as likely to make healthier choices, twice as likely to be civically active and twice as likely to participate in STEM programs.