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Civic Education

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The National 4-H organization terms civic engagement as, “empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world. Youth learn about civic affairs, build decision-making skills and develop a sense of understanding and confidence in relating and connecting to other people.” 

South Dakota 4-H takes a comprehensive approach to civic education in our communities that includes three key programs and resources: 4-H Capitol Day, 4-H Legislature, and the 4-H Civocacy Guide. These three components operate separately, while overlapping to provide the best experience for our young people.

4-H Capitol Day was designed to place 4-H members and their families in the state Capitol during our South Dakota Legislative session to observe the lawmaking process. The South Dakota 4-H Legislature Program was developed to provide participants an opportunity to gain a better understanding of how our state government operates, while strengthening youth voice opportunities for the SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program. Finally, the 4-H Civocacy Guide provides a road map for youth to become a civic advocate. 

Group photo of 4-H Capitol Day participants

4-H Capitol Day

4-H Capitol Day provides an opportunity for our youth to meet and greet their state lawmakers.

Group of 4-H youth being sworn in in the state legislative chamber in Pierre South Dakota

South Dakota 4-H Legislature Program

The South Dakota 4-H Legislature Program engages youth in a hands-on mock legislative session.

two ladies in green jackets shake hands in front of a building.

4-H Civocacy Guide

Guidebook for being a civic advocate and engaging with elected officials.

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