Citizenship & Civic Engagement

From learning about government process, as well as giving back and the importance of community, 4-H members participate in many community service opportunities as well as educational programs like Youth Voices in Action in an important effort to learn about local, state, and federal government process and systems.

4-H Youth making their town a bit more attractive.

National 4-H Photo Library

Youth Voices in Action

What would our communities and nation look like if young people were fully engaged as partners in decisions that affect them?

This thought drives the mission of Youth Voices in Action. Youth in grades 8 through 12 are invited this leadership conference to have fun and develop their leadership skills, practice public speaking, and work in teams to meet with state agency representatives and legislators to solve real life problems.

Youth Voices in Action (YVA) -  YVA is a 4 day (3 night) statewide 4-H civic engagement conference for 8th – 12th grade youth.  Modeled after National 4-H Conference, this event introduces older youth to the legislative processes at our state capitol in Salem as well as connecting and working with teens from throughout the state.  The purpose of the conference is to prepare youth to be future leaders.  The conference provides opportunities for youth to learn about government agencies, learn to think critically and share ideas, engage in problem solving, practice public speaking and give a public presentation. Traditionally held during spring break, this year’s event will be held March 24th – 27th, 2019.

For registration and more information about Youth Voices in Action/OLI ll Conference click here

National 4-H Conference

The premier youth development opportunity of the Department of Agriculture

National 4-H Center, Chevy Chase, MD and Washington D.C.
April 6-11, 2019

Download the Application
Due date Dec 1, 2018

Mail applications to:
Carole Smith
10507 N McAlister Road
LaGrande, OR 97850

About National 4-H Conference

The National 4-H Conference is an annual event held at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.  Conference events take place in the greater Washington D.C. area. At the National 4-H Conference delegates network with teens from almost every state and territory. Delegates will learn about 'youth voices' in civic engagement, practice leadership skills, be creative, do problem solving, experience teamwork, and apply presentation skills at the federal level, and better understand US history and government processes. The National 4-H Conference delegates also enjoy the Capital Mall, Smithsonian Institute museums, legislative office buildings, and federal agencies.


The National 4-H Conference happens every year at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Youth will represent Oregon 4-H as National 4-H Conference delegates.

Delegates will

  • Network with other delegates from almost every state and territory
  • Learn about civic engagement
  • Develop leadership and public presentation skills
  • Experience problem solving while working as a team
  • Gain a deeper understand of U.S. history and government processes
  • Enjoy the greater Washington D.C. area, Capital Mall, and Smithsonian Institute museums