4-H Capitol Experience

Date: March 20, 2016 - March 23, 2016
Location: Quality Inn, 3121 E. Grand River, Lansing, MI 48912
Contact: Laura Potter, potterla@msu.edu, 517-432-2963

This youth development conference is designed to help youth:

  • Discover how to be actively involved in influencing policy decisions.
  • Explore different aspects of a policy issue that may affect individuals and communities.
  • Learn about the policy process at the state level.
  • Increase youths’ communication, team work, citizenship, and leadership skills.
  • Foster participants’ ability to meet new people and make new friends from different places and backgrounds.
  • Develop and expand career and personal interests.
  • Develop social and academic skills needed for a successful transition to college and life as an adult.


Youth development and experiential education theory and practice are fundamental to the program’s design and implementation. Teens participate in a nine hour Michigan Legislative Simulation over four days. The youth are assigned to an issue group; such as health, education and jobs & the economy. As part of the simulation, they research and propose Senate and House bills; conduct House and Senate leadership position elections; participate in legislative committee meetings; debate and vote on bills and have their bills signed into law by an acting governor. When not participating in the simulation, the youth spend time with their legislators, observe an actual House and Senate session; and visit community and state agencies, lobbyists and legislative aides. There are 39 intentional contact hours.

Visit the 4-H Capitol Experience page for more information.


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