AMES, Iowa -- Some 350 to 400 4-H delegates across Iowa are preparing for the fifth annual 4-H Day at the Legislature March 21 in Des Moines.
The day will start early with 4-H’ers arriving in shifts from 6:30 to 8 a.m. at the State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, then on to the State Historical Museum where delegates meet with legislators from 7 to 8:30 a.m. for an Iowa Egg Council omelet breakfast and a photo shoot.
Delegates will attend a Youth in Governance presentation, hearing from legislative pages, State of Iowa Youth Action Committee (SIYAC) members and Iowa State University (ISU) Ambassadors. SIYAC is a committee of youth, ages 15 to 18, who interact on a regular basis with state policy makers to discuss those issues that impact and are of interest to Iowa youth.
Educational seminars follow during which delegates explore some of the most important issues and legislation of this year's session, according to Becky Nibe, program coordinator with ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development. Topics were suggested and selected by 4-H’ers across the state.
Topics include extracurricular eligibility in schools, drug abuse and criminal justice, biotechnology, bullying in schools and Asian bird flu, Nibe said. The seminars allow delegates to hear experts on the topics, hear various viewpoints, and write their individual viewpoints so they can be presented to legislators.
Following the seminars, delegates tour either the Capitol or Supreme Court and spend time talking with legislators about their community service displays in the Capitol Rotunda. One delegate per attending county also will be interviewed by ISU Extension radio personality Doug Cooper, an interview that will be available for download from http://www.extension.iastate.edu. Cooper is heard regularly on WOI Radio.
Delegates also will have time to meet and interact with their legislators in a variety of settings at the Capitol.
4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. In Iowa, 4-H is headquartered on the Iowa State campus in Ames.
Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, firstname.lastname@example.org