Legislative Academy

Legislative participant and Missouri state senator 2014

Feb. 15-17, 2016
Jefferson City, Mo.

Legislative Academy is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for 4-H teens to be ambassadors for Missouri 4-H at the heart of Missouri state government in Jefferson City.  Youth delegates from across the state are selected by 4-H to meet with executive, legislative, and judicial state government leaders.  Highlights also include shadowing state legislators, and meeting with commodity groups, state agencies, and major supporters of the 4-H program.

The Academy provides teens with opportunities to share their 4-H experiences and success stories, while gaining leadership and citizenship skills for careers in public service, law, journalism, public relations, lobbying, and related fields.

What Youth Are Saying:

The most important thing Academy delegates say they gained from the experience…

  • “How to talk to adults and ‘really important’ people.”
  • “Information on agriculture commodity groups and relationships with representatives.”
  • “What partnerships have to do with 4-H and what we can do to help.”
  • “How the government works.  It isn’t like TV at all.  You experience it.”
  • “It definitely showed me what you can do with journalism degrees.”
  • “This pushes me closer to my career.  I want to take political science and law courses.”
  • “I received an internship with my representative’s office as a result of this trip.”

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