Darrell Rubel, director of learning delivery at the Ohio Farm Bureau says the program will focus on advocacy and policy development.
“We’re gonna bring the young people in and teach them about the policy development process,” said Rubel. “This is how your voice makes a difference, this is how you can make a difference in your community.”
50 high school students from across the state will be selected to participate in the day and a half program February 11 and 12 in Columbus, which is just the first part of the Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge program. From there Rubel says, the students will divide into teams, to identify what would make their community better.
“We’re going to ask them the question, “my community would be better…if,” Rubel said. “Then they’re going to be able to answer that question, whatever it might be, but then toy’re going to work together on an advocacy program to do community development.”
The application for the Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge is available online. The application deadline is November 30.