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4-H’ers, volunteers and University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service agents will see leadership in action as they tour sites around Kentucky’s capital city during 4-H: A Capitol Experience on Wednesday.

This annual event allows youths to learn about leadership, the governing process and history of the state. Harlan County will be represented by 12 Harlan County 4-H Teen Club members, the county 4-H agent and program assistant. Among the 12 teen club members representing the Harlan County 4-H Teen Club will be three members recently selected to receive 4-H Achievement Levels: Haley Cook, Bronze Achievement Level; Danielle Saylor, Silver Achievement Level; and Dakota Saylor, Gold Achievement Level.

By participating in 4-H, youths can learn valuable leadership skills. Many legislators serve as a testament to 4-H effectiveness in leadership building, as they once wore the green 4-H jackets. Capitol Experience gives young people insight into the state government as they engage government officials, view a legislative session and participate in educational tours to legislative and historical sites around Frankfort.

4-H’ers will learn about and may even participate in the process of political change. Many times, participants will ask their local legislators questions and discuss issues that involve young people, education and their local communities. Not only is this a great opportunity for those involved, but it is a testimony to state legislators of the effectiveness and reach of 4-H.

4-H: A Capitol Experience is a great way for the young to learn more about our state, its leaders and government. This experience will be the first trip to the capitol for many and a first glimpse into government and the political process. Having a strong understanding of state government can help young people grow and mature to be informed, active members of their community. The event may even inspire some participants to become interested in a career in politics or take a more active role in their local governments.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people, regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.

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