Experiencing Citizenship 2015

"What would our communities and nation look like if young people
were fully engaged as partners in decisions that affect them... ?"
  National 4-H

Read about the highlights and see photos of
Experiencing Citizenshop 2014

Sunday, March 22 through Wednesday March 25, 2015

Experiencing Citizenship, hosted by the Oregon 4-H Program, is a state-wide event for young people (ages 13-18) to share ideas, have fun, do community service, think critically, apply new social media in civic engagement and more!  Teen facilitators at Experiencing Citizenship will lead ten Issue Groups to address questions that Oregon agencies are concerned about. Issue Groups will create responses and presentations for those agencies.  During one day at the Oregon State Capitol building teen participants will talk to decision-makers, take photos, and ask questions during tours and workshops there. And most of all, teens will decide how to use Experiencing Citizenship back home.

Experiencing Citizenship will be held at the Salem Convention Center and Salem Grand Hotel (201 Liberty St. SE, Salem, OR  97301). This facility was previously named: The Phoenix Grand. 

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ALL Youth and Adult Participants, please complete and submit all the registration forms listed below NO LATER THAN Sunday March 1, 2015. Late fee of $20 applies between March 2nd and 4th.

- Online Registration will be available in early December
- Health Form
- Youth Code of Conduct or Adult Code of Ethics
- Payment or Indication of Payment
- Acknowledgement of Risk and Liability
- How to submit your signed forms and checks


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Enter the grade you will be in for the 2013-14 school year

At Experiencing Citizenship all participants will be organized into “Issue Groups.” Below, please rank the following topics (and related state agency) that interest you (1 = most, 5 = least). This rating will guide individual assignments to each Issue Group.

What policies should Oregon make regarding GMOs? (Department of Agriculture)

Should there be changes in graduation standards, community service requirements? (Department of Education)

How to the many types of energy sources affect Oregon citizens? (Department of Energy)

What can be done to encourage youth to be involved as hunters/ fisherman? (Department of Fish & Wildlife)

How are teens impacted by driving and texting policies? What should be done? (Department of Transportation)

Check the box below if you are interested in a Leadership/Facilitator position.

Please request any learning accommodations on the Health Form on or before Friday November 15.

1Checks are to be made out to "Oregon 4-H Foundation" with a note on the Memo line that it is for Experiencing Citizenship and list the participants name. How to submit your signed forms and checks

2Call in with credit card information to Laura Campbell, 541 737-1302.

Oregon State University Extension Service offers educational programs, activities, and materials without discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran's status. Oregon State University Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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