Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: Civics Lessons for Hundreds of Colorado 4-H Participants Visiting State Capitol

What: More than 200 participants of Colorado State University Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development program will visit Colorado’s state capitol as part of a civics lesson that will introduce young people to their elected leaders, educate them on the importance of an electoral government, and broaden their understanding of the lawmaking process. The day at the state capitol will be the capstone to a weekend Leadership, Public Speaking and Community Service conference. All conference participants are Colorado students ages 14-19.

Where/when: At 9 a.m. Jan. 29, Colorado 4-H Youth Development participants will meet with legislators and will begin taking historical and legislative tours. At 10 a.m., 4-H proclamations will be read in both the House and Senate chambers.

Details: Since its inception, 4-H has placed emphasis on the importance of young people being engaged, well-informed citizens. By connecting to their communities and leaders, youth understand their role in civic affairs and are able to expand their role in decision-making processes. Civic engagement provides the foundation that helps youth understand the big picture of life and learn skill sets that will allow them to become wise leaders for the 21st century.

Colorado 4-H Youth Development Programs, operated by Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, has more than 88,000 participants, more than half of which come from urban areas. For more information, visit

For more information about Colorado 4-H Youth Development Day and the Colorado state capitol building, contact Nik Olsen at (970) 491-7766 or