Cooperative Extension’s Capital Days welcomes youth to participate in legislature
The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s (UNCE) 2011 4-H Capital Days program will be held March 27-28 in Carson City, NV. This year’s program welcomes 48 participants from eight Nevada counties.
Capital Days is an educational program for youth 13-18 to learn about governmental procedures while visiting Nevada’s capital. During the two-day event, participants will have the opportunity to tour the Legislative Building, meet their state representatives and engage in group activities with youth from around the state.
“Capital Days provides a great opportunity for youth to become active in learning about government,” State 4-H Leadership Assistant Reana Bye said. “Our biggest objective is to promote an understanding of the legislative process and how it works through a variety of activities.”
Capital Days also provides a chance for participants to observe the legislative session with their senator or assemblyperson and listen to the current issues their representatives are discussing. In doing so, youth are allowed a first-hand look at how the Nevada law-making process functions. Later, participants will host a mock legislative session, debating various Nevada related issues and drafting legislation.
“We hope to communicate It’s important to teach the youth the role the legislation plays in society, as well as understand the impacts of the law-making process.”
4-H is a youth organization administered by the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. 4-H involves over 6 million youth and adults in community service projects and programs, fostering youth leadership and service.
More information regarding Capital Days or UNCE’s 4-H programming, please visit www.unce.unr.edu or contact us at (775) 784-7070.