4-H Capitol Experience is an annual four-day conference that helps prepare youth for active citizenship by focusing on civic engagement and public policy.


March 20-March 23, 2022

COVID-19 UPDATE: We are planning for an in-person program in (EVENT DATE/MONTH). All participants will also be required to sign and agree to the MSU Extension Overnight Event Participant Agreement and Acknowledgement of Risk in order to participate. This agreement states that participants will wear masks while indoors, wash and sanitize hands frequently, self-monitor for symptoms both during and at the event, and return home immediately at their own expense if symptomatic. The form also acknowledges the risk for potential exposure to COVID-19 as a result of attendance at the event and that failure to comply with this agreement will result in an immediate dismissal at the participant’s own expense.

Youth in 8th grade through age 19 are invited to attend the 4-H Capitol Experience. You do not need to be a member of 4-H in order to attend the event. 

Youth registrants will select an issue group according to their interests, which will be led by a teen facilitator. Issue groups will provide a space for youth to meet peers from across the state while talking about their ideas and what they learned. Youth will:

  • Meet elected officials
  • Hear from experts in policy representing a broad range of careers
  • Hear from young people who have made a difference in their communities
  • Discuss hot topics important to youth. 

The 2022 registration fees will be $375, and includes all meals, overnight lodging, a t-shirt, and event supplies. Please contact your local 4-H Program Coordinator or local 4-H office to inquire about local funding opportunities. Scholarships may also be available through your local Farm Bureau office. Additionally, limited statewide scholarships will be available. The deadline to apply for statewide scholarships is January 31.

Issue Groups:

Each issue group will be facilitated by a teen steering committee member supported by an MSU Extension staff person. Issue groups will serve as networking and learning groups throughout the event. Participants can choose from:

  • Agriculture
  • Civil Rights
  • Education
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Health and Human Services
  • Jobs and Economy
  • Law Enforcement and Corrections
  • Technology and Energy

The Event Handbook includes important information for registered youth and parents. 

Check back soon for registration details! 


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Jackie Martin,  4-H Educator

Email: marti623@msu.edu
Phone: 734-222-3877