Civic Engagement Project

What is it All About?

Discover what is important to you and to other people, set goals, take action and build a stronger community. Through this project, youth become active citizens, investigating a public issue, learning about the roles of governing officials, and carrying out a plan to solve a problem.

Grow in Your Project

Starting Out

  • Find out about active citizenship
  • Create ground rules for your group or project area
  • Learn different ways you can make decisions
  • Understand the difference between public and private
  • Look at the issues that face your community

Learning More

  • Explore your interests
  • Write out your goals and pick a project in your community you might like to help or change
  • Write a mission statement
  • Create an action plan

Going Further

  • Put an action plan into motion
  • Record and evaluate the work you are doing
  • Celebrate your accomplishments
  • Share your story
  • Plan for the future


Resources

Take Your Project Further!

  • Investigate the departments in your county government and find out what they do
  • Interview someone from your local Chamber of Commerce or Economic Development Agency to learn about the goals for your community
  • Get to know the other people in your club and what they like to do for fun
  • Interview a neighbor and identify the similarities and differences between you
  • Create and carry-out a plan to help someone outside your family
  • Discover the history of your school or community
  • Tour city or state’s hall, Courthouse or capitol
  • Apply to be a page in the State Legislature, attend National 4-H Conference or attend National 4-H Congress
  • Attend Citizenship Washington Focus or Leadership Washington Focus
  • Contact your county Extension office to participate in 4-H County Council or county committees
  • Volunteer for a local, county, or state political campaign for a candidate you support
  • Interview a county official about his/her roles and responsibilities

Applying Project Skills to Life

Enhance Your Communication Skills

  • Give a presentation about the history of your school or town
  • Make an appointment with your state legislator and share your thoughts on an issue
  • Read newspapers or newsmagazines on a regular basis
  • Research a community issue and share your ideas with appropriate board or governing body
  • Give a presentation on the importance of citizenship and community involvement
  • Prepare a demonstration or presentation on your activities and involvement with citizenship

Get Involved in Citizenship and Service

  • Help pick up trash at the local park
  • Volunteer to be a tutor or a mentor in your school Complete a community service project that includes other project areas
  • Adopt and maintain a local park or road in your community
  • Develop a citizenship project that will help meet the needs of your community
  • Present information about your club’s service project at a countywide event.
  • Plan a special “Grandparents Day” and record stories of their school days.

Learn about Leadership

  • Organize friends to clean-up a neighborhood park
  • Ask your local nursing home residents how they would like to celebrate the next holiday and involve others to carry-out the plan
  • Get approval and then create and conduct a survey for students on a school issue; then share the results with the administration
  • Serve as a Youth Delegate to either your state Democratic or Republican Party Convention

Showing What You’ve Learned

  • Create a poster about the best things in your community
  • Create a video about your community and what visitors should know about it
  • Create a “Welcome to our School” kit to be given to new families
  • Map the resources for youth and families in your community
  • Create a notebook explaining the Bill of Rights and examples in your everyday life
  • Give a presentation about the Checks and Balances of the 3 Branches of Government and how they’re important to you
  • Report your exploration of an issue and define how each branch of government plays a role in its creation, interpretation and carry-out
  • Video your group at a service project and interview members about what they did and what it meant to them
  • Research candidates for the next Governor election and put a notebook together sharing their stance on different issues
  • Create a notebook about the things you learned on a national 4-H trip and how they impacted you
  • Illustrate in a visual display the process of how a bill becomes a law
  • Create a visual representation about the different branches of government and how they work together


Adapted with permission from Wyoming State 4-H, Project Information Sheet, Civic Engagement. Retrieved from: http://www.uwyo.edu/4-h/projects/leadership-civic-engagement/civic-engagement.html.

*Resources available at your local Extension office or shop4-H.org.


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