23 Mar 4-H Youth Raise Voices in Tallahassee
Miguel Bermeo, State Council Reporter
4-H Day at the Capitol is a civic engagement event organized by a team of Florida 4-H Executive Board Members and Florida 4-H faculty and staff. During the event, youth have the opportunity to hear from their elected officials, learn about their government, and make their own voices and opinions heard. This year over 800 4-H Members, families, and volunteers from all over the state filled the Capitol.
In the morning, Senator Denise Grimsley and Representative Matt Caldwell took time out of their busy schedules to speak with Florida 4-H Members about the importance of being informed and involved in their government and communities, even before you are old enough to vote.
4-H Members were then able to meet with their respective Legislators, and inform them about the program and their personal projects in the organization. Meeting with public officials is the most important part of 4-H Day at the Capitol. Duval County 4-H Member, Miranda Bird shared her experience with us. “As a member of the Day at the Capitol committee, I had the opportunity to discuss my 4-H experiences with various people in the city, which meant the world to me because 4-H is such an incredible organization and everyone should know what it does for youth.”
In addition to meeting with legislators, participants had the opportunity to tour the State Capitol Complex, visit museums, and learn about the history of Florida. When talking about her experience, Bird stated, “My favorite part was definitely visiting the New Capitol’s art gallery and the Historic Capitol’s displays.”
If you would like to learn more about 4-H Day at the Capitol, the 4-H Executive Board, and other leadership and citizenship programs, visit florida4h.org