After 4-H Capitol Experience… What’s Next?
As a participant at Michigan State University Extension’s 4-H Capitol Experience Program, you learned about a current policy issue and about how policy decisions are made. You had an opportunity to examine a selected issue from a variety of viewpoints. You talked with people who influence policies, including lobbyists, state agencies personnel, representatives of local organizations, legislative aides and legislators.
Post-Event Resource Materials
The post-conference resources listed below are available in Adobe PDF format and may be photocopied for distribution. For example, you could use them with 4-H leadership groups or other 4-H meetings, as you work on an issue in your local community, with a church or civic group or as part of a classroom project.
- Citizen’s Guide to State Government
A reference tool that includes information on the Three Branches of Michigan State Government, Michigan House of Representatives and Michigan Senate Directories and the Michigan Senate and House Legislative Committees.
- Who Represents You? — Know Your Elected Officials
An outline to help you identify the people who represent you at the local, state and federal levels of government; can be used individually or as a group activity.
- How a Bill Becomes a Law in Michigan
A diagram of the process from bill introduction to becoming a public act
- Share Your Views With Elected Officials
Suggestions for how to most effectively share your views on an issue with policymakers.
- How Do Local Governments Serve You?
General overview offers basic background information about the different units of local government in this state.
- What’s Your Opinion? Exercise in Policy Decision-Making (Facilitator’s Guide)
An exercise in policy decision-making; can be used with any sized group. Exercise contains a listing of issues, background information on the issues and instructions for the facilitator.
- How Should Government Spend Our Tax Dollars? Consensus Exercise (Facilitator’s Guide)
An exercise to help participants learn about the consensus process and about some of the funding issues faced by a unit of government. One version deals with state government, the other with county government.
- YOU Can Make a Difference
An outline to help you plan how to take action on an issue you care about.
Darren Bagley, 4-H Youth Development Educator
MSU Extension-Genesee County
605 N. Saginaw (corner of University Blvd), Suite 1A
Flint, MI 48502
tel: (810) 244-8515; fax: (810) 341-1729
For information about the Michigan Legislature, visit www.michiganlegislature.org
For information about state government visit www.michigan.gov