Northeast Iowa 4-H Citizenship Program Learns About Government

Local 4-H youth are participating in the Northeast Iowa 4-H Citizenship program, they resumed their monthly meetings on September 27 at Fayette County’s Fairgrounds in West Union.  34 Youth from Winneshiek, Fayette, Clayton, and Delaware Counties and several adults attended the meeting. Youth were seated six feet apart while wearing masks and following sensitization procedures.
The beginning of the meeting was the introduction of the guest speakers Mike Klimesh and Matt Topscott who are running for Iowa District 28 State Senate. This was the first time these two candidates were at the same location to talk to a group of constituents. Youth asked questions like, where did you grow up and what helped prepare you for this role? What were or are you doing now to prepare you to run? Why are you running? The candidates were very well spoken and respectful towards each other.  They kept the youth engaged by asking them questions as well. 
Next, the youth learned about the five principles of Citizenship, being of good character, having a knowledge of government, knowing and understanding community needs, the process of making public policies, and understating the issues. They also learned about the Electoral Process and about the general election in Iowa. They also learned about how the districts are formed in Iowa.  They also discovered how important it is to educate themselves about the candidates who are running so when it is time to vote they understand why and who they are voting for.
The meeting concluded with youth giving presentations about the different places they will be seeing and touring on their trip to Washington DC in March 2021. Finally, youth meet with their own county group to discuss fundraising actives to help pay for their trip.

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