4-H Civic Engagement

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Empowered Citizens Engaged in Community Leadership

4-H civic engagement programs empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world.

By providing them with opportunities to connect to their communities and adult leaders, youth gain a clear understanding of their role in civic affairs and are able to build their decision-making ability. 

This solid foundation helps youth understand and acquire skills that will allow them to become astute leaders for the 21st Century.

Community Action
4-H members contribute hundreds of thousands of hours back to their community every year. 

Citizenship Day
This annual event is held at the Capitol in Hartford.  It gives 4-H members the chance to meet legislators, tour the capitol and participate in workshops and activities with other youth from around the state.  This day long event is open to youth ages 12-18 years old. 

Citizenship Washington Focus
National 4-H Council hosts Citizenship Washington Focus for 4-H youth.  It takes place in the Washington, D.C. area each summer.  Youth stay at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD.   CWF provides a hands-on view of government through Capitol Hill visits, field trips and other leadership opportunities.  UConn 4-H participates during odd-numbered years.  Participants must have completed a CT 4-H Recognition form that is submitted by June 1st to the State 4-H Office.

Civic Engagement Curricula
View the full list of Civic Engagement Curricula.

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