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Missouri 4-H Legislative Academy

February 17-19, 2014
Jefferson City, Missouri

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Legislative Academy is a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity for promising 4-H youth leaders.  The goal is to strengthen relationships between Missouri 4-H and key lawmakers and donors, and for youth participants to acquire skills in legislative advocacy.

2014 Legislative Academy Summary (PDF) 
Legislative participants 2013

The Academy was founded by Lowell Mohler and the Missouri 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees.

There is no fee for this event; the only cost for the selected delegates is transportation to and from Jefferson City.  

Applicants must be:
  • Able to attend the entire 3-day Academy
  • 14-20 years old on Dec. 31st of the current program year
  • At least one of the following:
    a) State 4-H Council member
    b) Mizzou 4-H member
    c) National 4-H Conference delegate
    d) National 4-H Congress delegate
    e) Youth Futures delegate
    f) Recommended by your local 4-H youth specialist

MO supreme court judge with Legislative participant

Between 8-12 young people will be selected for the Missouri 4-H Legislative Academy. Selection will be based on...

  1. Satisfactory completion of the application
  2. Recommendation by 4-H youth specialist
  3. Ability to positively represent Missouri 4-H to state-level decision-makers and contributors

The selection committee will select up to 5 alternates to participate in the event should selected members be unable to attend.

Legislative Academy forms

Delegates comments:

What was the most important thing about the experience?

"Gaining more knowledge about the government, and how it works."

"Realizing that there is a lot more to the state government than meets the eye."

"Learning about the importance of our legislators and how they effect our everyday lives."

"To stay involved in the government, because the public opinions really do matter to legislators."


Overall comments:

"Amazing experience."

"Shadowing [my legislator] was fantastic!"

"This really makes me think more about what our state government affects."

"Loved the Supreme Court and Justice Mary Russell."

"At first I was nervous about talking to the representatives and senators, but then when I saw them relaxed I was less nervous."

"It has encouraged me to have a more active role in politics."

Can't find something?  Contact 4hyouth@missouri.edu (please include your county) or 573-882-9359

The Missouri 4-H website contains many PDF documents that require the free Adobe Reader.  You may need to download the newer version of Adobe Reader if you encounter problems reading the PDF documents.

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