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LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas youths ages 13-17 are invited to broaden their knowledge about
government structure, develop leadership skills, and become an engaged citizen through
a free six-day camp held from June 22-27.
Besides from the normal fun camping activities such as talent shows and campfires,
campers will tour the state Capitol, do a mock legislative session, and write a bill,
among other things.
“People need to learn about this at a younger age,” said Stacey McCullough, assistant
director of the Public Policy Center at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension
This age group is old enough to grasp some of the civics concepts and to understand
things that they wish could have done differently, she added.
The brand new Youth Citizenship and Leadership Program is a collaboration of the 4-H
Youth Development and the Community & Economic Development at the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture and is funded by general improvement funds allocated
By the end of the six-day overnight camp, campers are expected to have good understanding
on how the local and state government works, how civic life is more than just politics,
and how important it is to become an engaged citizen.
Not only that attendees will learn from guest speakers and do mock legislative session,
but they will also be touring the state Capitol, the Justice Building, and do service
activity at Boyle park.
During the sessions, youths can about state government structure, and how it works,
as well as team building and service skills.
Being an engaged citizen is important because it trains youths to step out of their
comfort zone, something that is harder to be taught to an adult, McCullough said.
The six-day camp is free and is held at the Arkansas 4H center, 1 Four H Way, Little
Rock, AR 72223. To RSVP and learn more about the citizenship and leadership camp,
contact Stacey McCullough at 501-671-2078.
4-H is a youth development program conducted by the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service. The 4-H mission is to provide
opportunities for youth to acquire knowledge, develop life skills, form attitudes,
and practice behavior that will enable them to become self directing, productive,
and contributing members of society.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers its programs to all
eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age,
disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
By Kezia NandaCooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org