Hettinger County 4-H members attend 2017 Citizens in Action

On Feb. 19 and 20, 12 of the Hettinger County 4-H members attended the North Dakota 4-H Citizenship In Action program.

Hettinger County 4-H members with Sen. Don Schaible at the Capitol in Bismarck. (Courtesy Photo)

By CHRISTINA HANSON
NDSU Extension | Hettinger County

On Feb. 19 and 20, 12 of the Hettinger County 4-H members attended the North Dakota 4-H Citizenship In Action program.  The program is for youth grades seven to 12 who are interested in citizenship and the political process.  This two-day program, allows youth to dive into learning more about how the North Dakota Legislative System works, where the law comes from and meet with local legislatures.

Those in attendance attended two mini sessions that matched their interests, in all there were five options. The first option was Parliamentary Procedure; this workshop taught youth how to participate in a meeting through a fun and delicious activity.   The second option was Perceptions; this workshop focused on how perceptions affects our day-to-day actions as well as our ability to understand cultures and how to improve intercultural communication.  The third option was Future Game; this workshop offered an interactive community based scenario game and had the youth determine how to make the best decisions for their communities.  The fourth option was SMART Goals; in this session, youth learned how to work SMART, not work harder, the goal being increase your productivity and turn dreams into reality.  The final option was Senator or Representative; the workshop discussed the differences between the roles of Senator Verses the roles of a Representative.  Those in attendance learned how the two houses work together to get legislation passed.

Hettinger County 4-H members had the opportunity to sit down and visit with our local Senator, Don Schaible over pizza provided by the Senator himself!  Our 4-H’ers had a wonderful experience.  Those in attendance were able to visit the house floors and sit in during actual ND legislative sessions.  They visited both the ND State Capital and the Heritage Center.  When asked about their legislative experience the feedback was unanimous, they all had an amazing time.  If asked if they plan to attend again in the future….let’s just say, the future looks bright!  They will definitely be attending again.

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