Student learn of leadership, state government through 4-H

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One of the 4-H categories is that of leadership.  Wednesday, March 19, nine people from Carroll County Extension attended the “Capitol Exper-ience” event in Frank-fort and on March 20, 21 and 22, seven delegates attended Teen Summit in Jabez.


Knowing your elected officials, how the government works and the process of creating political change are all important skills necessary for youth to become active members of society.

The Capitol Experience is an opportunity for youth from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky to come to Frankfort during a Congressional session. While there, they have the opportunity to visit their legislators, view a committee meeting and meet representatives from government agencies. Additionally, they had the chance to tour the Capitol, visit the House and Senate Chambers and hear a presentation from a Governor’s representative.

Capitol Experience is a day in Frankfort for Kentucky 4-H members and volunteers.  Carroll County had nine representatives to this leadership event.  Bobbie Giles and Terry Cauley (Carroll County District Board members), Cody Human (parent and shooting sports certified leader) Colten Human, Dillan Human,  and Braxton Walls (4-H members)  Christin Herbst and  Joyce Doyle (Carroll County Extension Agents)  

Participating in this type of citizenship activity can help 4-H members learn how to pursue careers in politics, create and influence policy, learn how decisions at the state level affect communities and network with other 4-H members from across the state.  We attended committee meetings where Sen. Paul Hornback was a member and met with Rep. Rick Rand and the senator in their offices to talk about their role in government.

Started in 2005, the Kentucky 4-H Summit is held annually at the Kentucky 4-H Leadership Center in Jabez for youth who are currently enrolled in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. This program is designed to develop leadership, citizenship and communications skills.

This program is also designed to inspire middle school aged 4-H youth to remain active in the 4-H program and to acquaint them with the programs and activities available to them as senior 4-H members.

The conference is planned and designed to satisfy a wide range of interests. Delegates choose from several interest areas including leadership, communications and citizenship.

Objectives are accomplished through hands on active workshops, guest speakers, seminars, group living, recreation, and recognition.

Joyce Doyle is the Carroll County Extension agent for 4-H and youth development. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to JWDoyl2@email.uky.edu.